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Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

Thursday, October 04, 2018

We all know the downsides of being poor. But what about the downsides of being rich? This week, we explore the psychology of scarcity...and excess.


When It Comes To Our Lives On Social Media, 'There's Always Another Story'

Monday, April 17, 2017

Many studies have shown that people who use social media may be unhappier than those who don't. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore the psychological effect social media has on us.


Inside The Hole: What Happens To The Mind In Isolation?

Monday, April 03, 2017

The use of solitary confinement in prisons has grown since the 1970s. Criminologist Keramet Reiter talks with us about the psychological effects that long-term isolation has on our minds.


Everybody Lies, And That's Not Always A Bad Thing

Monday, March 27, 2017

When we think of lies, we think of the big stuff. We say, "I could never do something like that." But big lies start with small deceptions. Dan Ariely talks about why we lie and why we're honest.


The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Monday, March 20, 2017

When you really need something — whether it's money, food, or even time — it can be hard to focus on anything else. Researchers call this scarcity, and say it can affect many aspects of our lives.


When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

Monday, March 13, 2017

In politics, it sometimes feels like we can't agree on basic facts. But according to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, facts are not enough — emotions may be the key to changing our minds.


Tribes & Traitors: What Happens When You Empathize with the Enemy?

Monday, March 06, 2017

This week on Hidden Brain, the stories of two men who showed empathy for the other side and found themselves labeled "enemy" by their own people.


Finding The Punchline: Maz Jobrani On Comedy In The Trump Era

Monday, February 27, 2017

Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American comedian, uses humor to critique President Trump — whom he describes as "good for comedy but bad for the world."


On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.


Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules of Sex on College Campuses

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Research suggests that college students are not having more sex than their parents were a generation ago. But sociologist Lisa Wade says the culture around sex has changed dramatically.


Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

J. Marion Sims is remembered as the father of modern gynecology. Forgotten are the mothers of that medical specialty — the enslaved women whose bodies were used for the advancement of his research.


Fortress America: What We Can — And Can't — Learn From History

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

President Trump's executive order on refugees left travelers stranded at airports worldwide. To some, the scenes evoked images of Jewish refugees during World War II. We investigate the parallels.


Coronations, Coups, And Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's in our nature to idolize the rich and famous. But this week on Hidden Brain, we explore the other side of our nature: the part of us that wants to see the rich and powerful fall from grace.