How the Hidden Brain Controls Our Lives
But human behavior is largely driven by unconscious attitudes.
These attitudes reside in the deep recesses of the brain, and we ignore them at our own peril.
So says Washington Post journalist Shankar Vedantam.
Vedantam is the author of a new book, The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives. He joins us in this Science Forum discussion.
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The World’s science reporter Rhitu Chatterjee spoke with Vedantam about the role of the hidden brain in our lives and actions. Listen to that interview here.
Listeners asked Vedantam their own questions on The World Science Forum. You can follow that conversation. It’s just to the right.
- Have you ever regretted a decision you made, realizing later that it was impulsive and ill-informed?
- Do you think it’s possible to change our unconscious biases by better understanding our hidden brains?
- Or does understanding our hidden brains makes us more confused, less sure of our decisions?