science podcast #55

Unconscious Minds, Sound of Silver in a Chemistry Lab

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This week: You’ll learn how most of your actions are controlled by unconscious biases and impulses in your brain. Learn more about the topic in our latest World Science Forum, where you can bring your comments and questions to Shankar Vedantam. He’s a science journalist at the Washington Post and author of the new book The Hidden Brain. Also, a chemist in St. Louis tells us about his favorite music for working in the lab. Oh, and you have just one more week to take our ONLINE SURVEY. Please take a few minutes to give your feedback about this podcast!

Of Hidden Brains and Unconscious Decisions: Washington Post journalist Shankar Vedantam spoke to me about his new book The Hidden Brain. We discussed how the unconscious brain helps us with routine tasks but can also misguide us into making snap judgments and erroneous decisions. Vedantam is also the guest on our latest Science Forum. So don’ t forget to stop by with your thoughts and questions.
Guest: Shankar Vedantam.
The Hidden Brain.
Become a fan on Shankar Vedantam’s Facebook Page.

Music in Science: Jonathan Fritz runs a music magazine by day and works in a chemistry lab by night. He builds nano-scale chemical patterns on gold surfaces and studies how they interact with cells and proteins — work he started as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis. Even though he’s now CEO and editor-in-chief of the start-up Eleven Magazine, he plans to apply for grad school and continue doing chemistry research. He goes to the lab after work and needs a good beat to keep him going ’til the wee hours.
Produced by: Elsa Youngsteadt
Music: North American Scum, by LCD Soundsystem.
Eleven Magazine.
Joshua Maurer’s lab, where Jonathan works.

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