Alix Spiegel

Alix Spiegel appears in the following:

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?


To Conquer Fear, A Man Turns Rejection Into A Game

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Editor's note: This story first ran on Jan. 16, 2015, as part of NPR's Invisibilia podcast. It's about a man who decided he no longer wanted to be ruled by fear. Without realizing it, he used a standard tool of psychotherapy to help him stop dreading rejection.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

If you have two legs, there are a variety of ways you can get around. Walking, running, leaping, hopping, skipping, prancing, powerwalking, heck, even grape-vining. The list goes on and on. But what is the most efficient?

Not the fastest, but the most efficient: requiring ...


Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Friday, February 13, 2015

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.


By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Friday, January 30, 2015

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.


By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.


What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.


Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

Monday, September 01, 2014

When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.


The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

Monday, July 07, 2014

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

Monday, June 23, 2014

After a suicide, family members are often devastated. Depression rates are much higher than when a loved one dies naturally. But Sandy Bem's family says her approach to suicide helped them mourn.


Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Monday, April 14, 2014

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.


Play It Again And Again, Sam

Monday, April 07, 2014

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?


So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.