Jennifer Schmidt

Jennifer Schmidt appears in the following:

The Mind Of The Village: Understanding Our Implicit Biases

Saturday, June 20, 2020

This week on Hidden Brain, research about prejudices so deeply buried, we often doubt their existence. We'll begin with police shootings of unarmed Black men. We also look at how biases affect judges.


Death And The Great Beyond: How We Grapple With The Idea Of Dying

Thursday, September 26, 2019

There's an event we were all invited to the day we were born. Attendance is mandatory. But we'd rather not think about it. On this week's radio show, the lengths we go to to avoid thoughts of death.


Whose Utopia? How Science Used The Bodies Of People Deemed 'Less Than'

Thursday, July 18, 2019

There is a long legacy of leaders exploiting the bodies of vulnerable people in the name of science. This week, the history of eugenics and medical experimentation on enslaved people in the U.S.


Mechanical Sex: The Relationship Between Intercourse And Intimacy

Friday, June 14, 2019

As a society, we talk about sex more openly today than ever before. But so much still goes unsaid. This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, complicated stories of intimacy and attraction.


Trying To Do Good

Thursday, March 21, 2019

We know our actions affect those around us. But how do we know whether our impact is positive? This week on Hidden Brain, what it means to do good in the world.


Counting Other People's Blessings

Friday, March 15, 2019

Envy is one of the most unpleasant of all human emotions. This week, we explore an emotion that can inspire us to become better people — or to commit unspeakable acts.


Creative Differences: The Benefits Of Reaching Out To People Unlike Ourselves

Thursday, January 24, 2019

What happens when we connect with people whose view of the world is very different from our own? This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the links between diversity, conflict, and creativity.


Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The CDC estimated that 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017. There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to confront. One of them is social stigma.


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.


Why Now?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Decades ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the complaints went nowhere. In 2017, more women came forward. This time, people listened.


Creating God

Monday, July 16, 2018

The world is full of complex religious beliefs. This week, we'll explore how religions have evolved, almost like living organisms, to help human societies survive and flourish.


Who Gets Power — And Why It Can Corrupt Even The Best Of Us

Friday, June 29, 2018

This week on Hidden Brain's radio show, we tackle a big topic: power. From our conflicted feelings toward the powerful, to the ways we gain and lose power ourselves, and how power can corrupt.


Summer Melt: Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Monday, June 18, 2018

As many as 40 percent of students who intend to go to college don't show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon "summer melt," and it has long been a puzzling problem.


When Everything Clicks: The Power Of Judgment-Free Learning

Monday, June 04, 2018

There can be a lot of psychological noise involved in learning. And mental chit chat can make learning hard. One solution, silence it with a click.


Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Monday, May 07, 2018

Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rap star when he was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist threat." Did public perceptions of rap music play a role?


The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

Monday, April 30, 2018

The parable of the fox and the hedgehog tells us that there are some who are guided by one big idea. That's the story of Don Laub, a surgeon whose single-mindedness led to both triumph and tragedy.


Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

Monday, April 23, 2018

The eugenicists were utopians, convinced that they were doing hard but necessary things. And that included making decisions about who gets to have children.


The Weight of Our Words

Friday, April 13, 2018

Violent crimes committed by Muslims are much more likely to be reported as "terrorism." And that has disturbing consequences for the way Muslims are perceived.


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

Monday, April 02, 2018

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon "scarcity."


You 2.0: How To Build A Better Job

Monday, July 31, 2017

Finding a new job may be the solution to your woes at work. But there may also be other ways to get more out of your daily grind.