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The Hidden Brain - How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives-logo

The Hidden Brain - How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

Shankar Vedantam

Most of us would agree that there's a clear-and even obvious-connection between the things we believe and the way we behave. But what if our actions are driven not by our conscious values and beliefs but by hidden motivations we're not even aware of? The "hidden brain" is Shankar Vedantam's shorthand for a host of brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen outside our conscious awareness but have a decisive effect on how we behave. The hidden brain has its finger on the scale when we make all our most complex and important decisions: It decides whom we fall in love with, whether we should convict someone of murder, and which way to run when someone yells "Fire!" It explains why we can become riveted by the story of a single puppy adrift on the ocean but are quickly bored by a story of genocide. The hidden brain can also be deliberately manipulated to convince people to vote against their own interests, or even become suicide terrorists. But the most disturbing thing is that it does all this without our knowing. Shankar Vedantam, author of The Washington Post's popular "Department of Human Behavior" column, takes us on a tour of this phenomenon and explores its consequences. Using original reporting that combines the latest scientific research with compulsively readable narratives that take readers from the American campaign trail to terrorist indoctrination camps, from the World Trade Center on 9/11 to, yes, a puppy adrift on the Pacific Ocean, Vedantam illuminates the dark recesses of our minds while making an original argument about how we can compensate for our blind spots-and what happens when we don't. From the Hardcover edition.

Most of us would agree that there's a clear-and even obvious-connection between the things we believe and the way we behave. But what if our actions are driven not by our conscious values and beliefs but by hidden motivations we're not even aware of? The "hidden brain" is Shankar Vedantam's shorthand for a host of brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen outside our conscious awareness but have a decisive effect on how we behave. The hidden brain has its finger on the scale when we make all our most complex and important decisions: It decides whom we fall in love with, whether we should convict someone of murder, and which way to run when someone yells "Fire!" It explains why we can become riveted by the story of a single puppy adrift on the ocean but are quickly bored by a story of genocide. The hidden brain can also be deliberately manipulated to convince people to vote against their own interests, or even become suicide terrorists. But the most disturbing thing is that it does all this without our knowing. Shankar Vedantam, author of The Washington Post's popular "Department of Human Behavior" column, takes us on a tour of this phenomenon and explores its consequences. Using original reporting that combines the latest scientific research with compulsively readable narratives that take readers from the American campaign trail to terrorist indoctrination camps, from the World Trade Center on 9/11 to, yes, a puppy adrift on the Pacific Ocean, Vedantam illuminates the dark recesses of our minds while making an original argument about how we can compensate for our blind spots-and what happens when we don't. From the Hardcover edition.
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Most of us would agree that there's a clear-and even obvious-connection between the things we believe and the way we behave. But what if our actions are driven not by our conscious values and beliefs but by hidden motivations we're not even aware of? The "hidden brain" is Shankar Vedantam's shorthand for a host of brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen outside our conscious awareness but have a decisive effect on how we behave. The hidden brain has its finger on the scale when we make all our most complex and important decisions: It decides whom we fall in love with, whether we should convict someone of murder, and which way to run when someone yells "Fire!" It explains why we can become riveted by the story of a single puppy adrift on the ocean but are quickly bored by a story of genocide. The hidden brain can also be deliberately manipulated to convince people to vote against their own interests, or even become suicide terrorists. But the most disturbing thing is that it does all this without our knowing. Shankar Vedantam, author of The Washington Post's popular "Department of Human Behavior" column, takes us on a tour of this phenomenon and explores its consequences. Using original reporting that combines the latest scientific research with compulsively readable narratives that take readers from the American campaign trail to terrorist indoctrination camps, from the World Trade Center on 9/11 to, yes, a puppy adrift on the Pacific Ocean, Vedantam illuminates the dark recesses of our minds while making an original argument about how we can compensate for our blind spots-and what happens when we don't. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve West

Length:

10h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:52


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:37


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:27


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:55


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:07


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:08


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:15


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:26


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:43


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:34


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:26


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:43