Alix Spiegel

Alix Spiegel appears in the following:

The father of cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck, dies at 100

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

The developer of cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck, died on Monday at age 100. In 2015, NPR's Invisibilia introduced listeners to Beck.


Optimism: Is It A Personality Trait, Or Could People Possibly Learn It?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Research shows that optimism is correlated with various good outcomes: higher life expectancy, better recovery rates, success at work. But is optimism a personality trait, or could it be learned?


Her Incredible Sense Of Smell Is Helping Scientists Find New Ways To Diagnose Disease

Monday, March 23, 2020

Years before he got diagnosed with Parkinson's, Joy Milne noticed her husband's characteristic scent had changed. The discovery that she could smell his illness has opened up a new field of research.


'Invisibilia' New Episode: An Unlikely Superpower

Monday, March 23, 2020

NPR's podcast Invisibilia is back with a new season. A Scottish woman discovers she has a biological gift that allows her to see things that will happen in the future that no one else can see.


NPR's Podcast 'Invisibilia' Begins A New Season

Monday, March 09, 2020

NPR's Invisibilia podcast brings you a story about a new Facebook effort to build a modern kind of Rosetta Stone, using artificial intelligence.


Are We Ready For An Implant That Can Change Our Moods?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Deep brain stimulation offers relief from some neurological problems and is being tested for mood disorders. But the treatment — an implant in the brain — raises ethical questions.


Deep Brain Stimulation: Remote Control Brain

Friday, March 29, 2019

We have the story of one woman who is taking part in an experiment on deep brain stimulation.


Invisibilia: For Some Teens With Debilitating Pain, The Treatment Is More Pain

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Thousands of teens suffer from a rare chronic pain condition that makes everyday life excruciating. Some are trying a counterintuitive treatment approach: Load up on pain until you learn to ignore it.


How Our Culture's Thinking On Pain Has Changed Over The Last Five Decades

Friday, March 08, 2019

NPR's Invisibilia podcast is back for a fifth season. The first episode this season is about pain — and the changing way in which our culture thinks about and treats pain.


Invisibilia: Do the Patterns in Your Past Predict Your Future?

Friday, March 30, 2018

A massive computer competition works to identify the patterns that can predict where someone will end up in life. But whether this competition has a winner may depend on your viewpoint.


Invisibilia: They Risked Their Lives To Bring Music Back

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

When Somalia decided to start a reality show with a singing competition, there was a major problem. Singing in public could bring on the wrath of al-Shabab.


Invisibilia: Inspired By 'American Idol,' Somali TV Show Aimed To Change The World

Friday, March 16, 2018

Reality TV is popular around the world. It's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. But can that kind of fragile fantasy meaningfully influence the real world?


How Much Can A Vision Of Your 'Future Self' Motivate You To Achieve?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Invisibilia co-host Alix Spiegel introduces us to a young man whose sights were set far beyond the Syrian orphanage in which he spent part of his childhood.


Eager To Burst His Own Bubble, A Techie Made Apps To Randomize His Life

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Suddenly aware of repetitive feedback loops in his life, Max Hawkins created apps that decided where he should go, what strangers' parties he should attend, even how he should spend Christmas.


Invisibilia: A Man Finds An Explosive Emotion Locked In A Word

Thursday, June 01, 2017

When anthropologist Renato Rosaldo went to live with a Philippine tribe that was known for beheading people, he couldn't grasp the emotion that fueled this violence. Then his wife suddenly died.


She Offered The Robber A Glass Of Wine, And That Flipped The Script

Friday, July 15, 2016

NPR's Alix Spiegel, co-host of the podcast and program Invisibilia, tells the story of a robbery that was halted when a woman decided to respond to the threat in an unexpected way — with kindness.


What An Hour Of Emotion Makes Visible

Friday, July 08, 2016

Kim was an accomplished doctor with plenty of friends. But a few pulses from an electromagnet to her brain at age 54 made her reconsider how she sees herself — and the world.


Invisibilia: An Experiment Helps One Woman See The World In A New Way

Thursday, July 07, 2016

NPR's Invisibilia podcast tells the story of a woman who participated in an experiment that gave her a whole new frame of reference and allowed her to see the world in a different way.


Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

Friday, June 24, 2016

A man committed a horrible crime. Then he decided he no longer wanted to be a bad person. It is possible to change our personalities, psychologists say, even though we like to think they're innate.


Invisibilia Season 2: Changing Social Norms Could Save Your Life

Friday, June 17, 2016

When McDonald's came to the Soviet Union in 1990, it insisted that workers smile. That didn't come easy. But customers grew to like it — and workers did, too. What happens when you change a norm?