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Publisher Description

The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob.

In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

January 19
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

BidtahB ,

Emma, Carrie, Vivian

I enjoy the Hidden Brain podcast and was moved to write a review after listening to this episode. The issues of law and policy surrounding eugenics are so relevant to today and undoubtedly the future. I wonder if the producers have ever thought about addressing the hidden brain issues of law and policy in federal Indian law. I raise this as the episode highlights that Native peoples were among those targeted for sterilization as a result of the eugenics movement. A December 2018 Ted Talk Tysons by Mark Charles succinctly summarizes some challenges of federal Indian Law.

javvrh ,


iss lit.

Mewkat123 ,

What a jam!

Your show is super fun to listen to. I listen to it on my way to school and work every morning! :) Thanks for making such an engaging and informative show!