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WonderfulI love this podcast it is enthralling. Makes me want to go off and be a student again!.Score: 5/5

AMAZINGI love this podcast. it has made me think, laugh, sob and embrace the joy and wonder of what it means being a human. i love this podcast. the production, music, narration, humility and curation is sublime. did i mention i LOVE this podcast ? thank you..Score: 5/5

Absolutely amazingLove this.Score: 5/5

Great podcastI really enjoy this podcast. The topics are really interesting and the host has a beautifully soothing voice..Score: 5/5

Thank youGreat podcast, thank you.Score: 5/5

So interesting, informative, moving and plain wonderfulI’ve been listening to hidden brain for many moons by now and every time a new episode comes out I get excited like a child on Christmas. Shankar and his stories have been my running / cycling / driving buddies for many trips and I can’t get enough of it. I always learn something new and always find the stories are moving and relatable. Go listen!.Score: 5/5

DisappointedI’m an easy customer and have really enjoyed a few episodes however your most recent episode sets a disappointing tone. Respect had been lost..Score: 2/5

My favourite podcast by farGreat storytelling and great subjects, I look forward to new episodes with glee!.Score: 5/5

Eye openingI’m enjoying every single episode...Score: 5/5

Thought provokingAfter a few months of consuming mushy, mind-numbing TV in lockdown, I was craving some stimulation and this podcast offered just that. Despite tackling big, complex, sometimes disturbing issues, Shankar always ensures the tone is calm. Really look forward to listening and learning..Score: 5/5

FantasticMy favourite podcast, it never disappoints. The mix of theory and real world stories is perfect. I learn something every time, and can always apply it somehow to my own life and how I understand the world. Well paced and entertaining, and a great starting point if you want to investigate a subject further..Score: 5/5

AmazingI have learnt so much listening to this podcast. It has changed the way I live my life..Score: 5/5

Highly of my weekThe best podcast since This American Life. Each week, I give myself an hour to listen and learn. Thank you Shankar and team. You are doing a wonderful job..Score: 5/5

Amazing insightThis should be a tv show. Love it. So valuable..Score: 5/5

Educational and entertainingThis podcast is endlessly educational and entertaining in a non-sensational way. I really like the presenter’s style and turn of phrase..Score: 5/5

Most informative podcast aroundThis is my favourite podcast. I started listening a few years ago and then at the end of 2020 I began going through the back catalogue. Every single episode is intriguing and informative. Shankar is a wonderful eloquent host too. I’ve recommended this podcast to many friends..Score: 5/5

MundaneThis is probably one the most boring podcasts I’ve listened to. The main host is so dry, his language is very simplistic and I have no interest in listening further..Score: 1/5

Great podcast - an insight into the human mindI’ve only discovered the podcast recently, but really enjoyed it and I’ve been going back and listened to some of the old episodes too. It’s fascinating to analyse the human mind and the things that influence us, that makes us happy, sad; to learn about societies and dilemmas that we have been dealing with for centuries and which philosophers have been trying to find answers too. Every week it’s something new and exciting. Keep up the good work. I’ve been recommending to many friends. Looking forward to more episodes..Score: 5/5

Should have 6k ratings - first classWell made, always interesting and often very helpful.Score: 5/5

One if the best shows outThis show is always interesting, challenging and accessible in equal measure. There are episodes that have helped me articulate my experience better than I could have on my own. Great host, great team and great show..Score: 5/5

Insightful, interesting and always thought provokingI always love these podcasts but as a woman, the one I think that I was most shocked and grateful for was the “in the heat of the moment” one. Thank you so much Hidden brain team for enlightening us an hour at a time..Score: 5/5

Wonderful podcast!Such a great podcast and covers a variety of interesting subjects. Vankar is engaging and insightful. Recommend a listen..Score: 5/5

Love!One of my heavy rotation podcasts during a long run! Love Shankars measured and genuine hosting and the topics are always interesting and thought provoking..Score: 5/5

Listen!Don’t listen to the one star reviews. Best podcast I’ve listened to this year..Score: 5/5

Fascinating and thought provokingThe host’s delivery is measured and fair..Score: 5/5

Human, insightful, a beautiful radio gem.One of my favourite podcast ever. Been listening since the very beginning and it really evolved well to become these really well produced pieces a bit radiolab-like. Topics are always interesting, the approach is very sensible and sensitive. It’s such an important thing to get acquainted with our own brain, Shankar took on that mission with skill and grace ..Score: 5/5

Always fascinating insightsOften listen to this in early morning and always find it interesting ..Score: 5/5

So goodJust always so good, so interesting. The presenter always asks thoughtful questions and often the shows overturn our assumptions about why we behave the way we do. Have recommended to my psychology tutor!.Score: 5/5

My favourite podcastThe Hidden Brain podcast is one of my favourites. The topics covered are interesting, thought provoking & I tend to learn something new every episode. I particularly love the ‘unsung hero’ section at the end of each episode. What a wonderfully kind thing to do. I look forward to many more future episodes!.Score: 5/5

HookedI love everything about this podcast. Thought-provoking. Inspiring. Everything down to the last detail (even the sound effects) make it a pleasant listen..Score: 5/5

ExxonNothing against advertising on podcasts and realise they need sponsors but first thing I hear is the presenter talking about how Exxon are helping sort the problem of fossil fuels. Couldn’t be more damaging or less credible and discredits immediately.Score: 1/5

Had to unsubscribeHave been listening to your show for years. Was absolutely disgusted by the message in your episode about the kid from Harvard that got caught being horrible. Unsubscribe and never to return. I get that you were trying to come at it from a different perspective... to get us to see how you could make a mistake and blah blah blah. No. I’m sorry. You gave this pathetic kid a platform he didn’t deserve..Score: 1/5

Enlightening, elucidating, electric!A consummate storyteller who reveals the truth of the mind in a sociological context, allowing individuals’ voices to have clarity in context. I love this show, it puts windows in my walls..Score: 5/5

Love this podcastEvery episode is so insightful, beautifully put together and actionable..Score: 5/5

Overpowering musicI would like to listen to this as the content sounds good but I am put off by the dreadful unnecessary music that isn’t so much in the background. It’s a shame there isn’t a way to block it out..Score: 2/5

RefreshingFull of insight, compassion and humour. If half of humanity had half of the wisdom and knowledge in this podcast our planet would be a thousand times kinder, safer and saner..Score: 5/5

Changed my LifeThis podcast has brilliant insight and range of topics. It is also well produced. One of my favourites..Score: 5/5

Delightful RitualWhat a delight! I shall definitely make this podcast part of my morning ritual, to add to my enjoyment of it. So many gentle surprises in each episode, right to the last few minutes of early episodes when Shankar thanks an unsung hero. Love it! Love the attention to all the details..Score: 5/5

Psychology in RealityAmazing podcast. So informative, educational and interesting. Really supplements my psychology studies..Score: 5/5

Excellent podcastInsightful and approachable.Score: 5/5

Such an amazing podcastFascinating, informed and thoughtful. I have learned so much from this podcast. Thank you..Score: 5/5

Where is the new content for summer you 2.0 series???This is truly one of the best podcasts out there!! The reviews from fellow listeners and the episodes speak for themselves. But lately there just hasn’t been new, thought provoking content - i was looking forward to the annual you 2.0 summer series that features every summer but what do we get? A recycling of last year’s series with tweaks to the over-voice script. Come on please, this is NPR’s most popular podcast and yet there seems to either be the lack of funding or will to get out there and seek the incredible new work developing in the world of psychology..Score: 4/5

Slow & insultingAdvertising too long and often , recaps not needed maybe thats for the US market ? UK people do not need to be told to learn a new language. Could be interesting if Ads removed just include one from sponsor . No recaps and narrated faster. It feels like you are trying to make a story of 30 mins stretch to 60 needlessly..Score: 2/5

My favourite podcast hostOne of the first podcasts I ever listened to & now one of my favourites. Shankar is the best host; he asks the questions you want to ask, is funny and perceptive but best of all, human and not too serious. I love the topics & always excited to see the latest episode..Score: 5/5

Love!I absolutely love this podcast. The content of each episode is so interesting and the production is excellent. There are so many podcasts available these days and it’s hard to find something that truly resonates and actually has some meaning relevant to our lives. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Brilliant! But stop with the repeats!I love the original content from Hidden Brain: it’s always fascinating and Shankar is an excellent, knowledgeable and funny host. But the number of repeated episodes is highly annoying. Sometimes I start listening to an episode before realising with disappointment that I’ve heard it before. I now search the show notes to see if there’s info about an episode being a repeat, but it can be buried or not there at all. No one needs repeats! That’s how podcasts work!.Score: 4/5

Excellent!Great content, interesting topics, highly recommended..Score: 5/5

Host Developing Dodgy ViewsThe host has gradually less and less objective. Lost interest when he started coming up for excuses for a cyber bully who assaulted someone..Score: 1/5

Interesting topics, but...I enjoy the subjects covered in this podcast. But the two downsides for me are; - the sound effects sewn into the audio, which can be loud or just not in-keeping. Unnecessary, annoying and distracting, esp when there’s already adverts breaking up the discussion - recent repeats of previous podcasts, so no new content to listen to.Score: 4/5

Much thought to be had from Hidden BrainI do enjoy your podcasts. Many of them have made me think a lot. Please, though, can you be a little sparing of the music played over someone talking? It can make it very difficult to hear what is being said. And I usually find the music irrelevant to the discussion. Otherwise, I repeat I enjoy most of the casts. Casks.Score: 4/5

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All showsI love this show- so thoughtful but please no more of the repeat episodes. I stopped listening for a while because it seemed I was only finding old podcasts I’d heard before but then the ventilator.....!.Score: 5/5

Gone off the rails...This used to be a fairly decent show that explored interesting topics, but it would appear to have been hollowed out by parasitic ideology. Just another media production brought to you by pharmaceuticals and exxon, cramming far leftist propaganda into every nook and cranny they can find. If you’re in to that sort of thing, you are sure to love it! I prefer a less slanted exploration of interesting topics....Score: 1/5

Thought provoking with balanced hostEvery episode gives me pause and challenges my thinking. Excellent writing! The host is a master of pause and intonation. A true pleasure!.Score: 5/5

One of the best podcastsThis show is fantastic, whether it’s presenting something you’ve never even heard of before or shining a light on something you’ve always noticed but never actually heard anyone talk about, the content is presented in an interesting way that covers multiple perspectives. My ONLY problem with it is the repeat episodes. As someone who has been subscribed for 2 years, I really wish they would pull rebroadcasts from further back and do it less often. Most of them are about a year old and I still remember enough of each to not want to listen to it again. More original content would also be much appreciated!.Score: 5/5

Such a thought-provoking podcast!Hidden Brain is one of my go-to podcasts - I look forward to each new episode. The topics are always thought-provoking, and each episode makes me think more deeply about new subject matters that expand my horizon. To the Hidden Brain team: Thank you for your hard work and dedication to producing such excellent content. It is impactful and I am grateful..Score: 5/5

Excellent Podcast!Hidden Brain is one of the most consistently interesting and excellent podcasts that I listen to. Thank you HB Team! Keep up the great work! B.Score: 5/5

Thought provoking, well done, reliable.This has been a go to podcast of mine for a couple years. Always good and always interesting. Thank you and keep up the great work..Score: 5/5

Best podcast of allI listen to a lot of different podcasts but nothing gets me more excited than when a new Hidden Brain podcast is released. Shankar is an amazing host and the guests and topics are fascinating every single time. Definitely subscribe if you’re looking to expand your mind.Score: 5/5

Oh wow...‘The Ventilator’ episode is brutal. Such a powerful, heartbreaking report. Amazing work to everyone involved..Score: 5/5

Amazing thought provoking informationCan not get enough of this podcast. The content and delivery are exceptional.Score: 5/5

A favourite hostOne of my favourite podcasts. very interesting topics with a great host! the case studies are always compelling as heck and I’ve learned a lot about my own behaviour..Score: 5/5

Love this podcastThis is my favourite podcast! Always so interesting and exciting to listen to.Score: 5/5

My favorite podcast!I recommend this to everyone!.Score: 5/5

Best podcastAbsolutely recommended! Such interesting topics and so much to learn from Shankar and his guests..Score: 5/5

Too much politicsI used to LOVE this podcasts and then it turned out too oriented too political... on top of it they’ve been releasing old podcast without indicating it and it’s annoying (lots of people complain about it). Anyhow, the first 2 seasons are awesome and then it went down..Score: 2/5

AmazingJust love it! Brilliant podcast!.Score: 5/5

Shankar is a really good hostShankar is great - credible, smooth delivery - interesting material, if not sometimes a bit heavy-left and less proven than you think at the end of the pod but mos def worth many listens worth listening 🤟🤟.Score: 5/5

Great podcastsNPR has great content for inquisitive people. I’ll look out for more from this presenter, he has a great presentation style and a nice voice as well!.Score: 5/5

Stop Repeating EpisodesThe repeat episodes are simply annoying now. Especially because there’s no mention that the episodes are repeats. State it in the title if it’s a repeat show. Great podcast besides that..Score: 5/5

Hidden Brain is comfortHidden Brain is great for gaining insight into the way we think about thinking, and isn’t afraid to interrogate the complex issues..Score: 5/5

Interesting but Cringy DeliveryAlthough the show covers some really interesting topics, I can’t stand the reporting style to the point that I had to unsubscribe. There’s a lot of awkward moments and I was left feeling uncomfortable for some of the interviewees..Score: 2/5

Pertinent information hidden in a LOT of narrationsIt gets exhausting after a while listening to tangential information consuming a large % of the podcast. I suppose they need to fill in time..Score: 1/5

FabulousLove Hidden Brain. As I paint my pictures, I spend many hours listening and thinking about the ideas talked about on the show. They always leave me contemplative and more thoughtful towards the people in my life. Thank you for your important work. Julie.Score: 5/5

#1 to go to podcastI wait for every episode with bit of impatience :) These guys cheer me up every time. Great job..Score: 5/5

Used to love this podcastThis was one of my favourite podcasts and I listened from day one. Recently though, they have begun repeating episodes without any indication that it was a repeat. This is really annoying as you get through 10-20 minutes only to realize that you’ve heard the whole thing already. Most podcasts either state in the title or have a quick intro at the beginning of the episode stating that it is an older episode being re-released. Hidden Brain should consider this too since they have been re-releasing episodes very often lately. Other than this, the podcast is great and still one of my favourites..Score: 3/5

One of my favouritesDefinitely one of my favourite podcasts. I love all these stories and always learn so much..Score: 5/5

AlbinoWaaaaa I was called albino. Who cares. Move on get over it.Score: 1/5

ExcellentHidden Brain is an intelligent, balanced and informative podcast. Shankar Is an excellent host. What a pleasure; highly recommended..Score: 5/5

My favourite podcast!This is my absolute favourite podcast! I’m looking forward to every episode!.Score: 5/5

Love ❤️Dependably interesting. Shankar has the best podcast voice!.Score: 5/5

Best PodcastShankar the podcast is excellent - hence 5 stars rating, but what’s with all the re-runs? There are episodes that I’ve heard at least 7 times already... I love them but few more times and I’ll know them by heart ;).Score: 5/5

Social PsychologyThis is a great laymen’s eye view of social psychological principles. Easy to listen to but complex concepts in an understandable framework..Score: 5/5

Repeat episodesI really enjoy the episodes and content but there are so many repeat episodes. I would have a different title for them just to organize new and old episodes and to let listeners know if an episode has previously been published..Score: 3/5

BrilliantThis podcast a brilliant in many ways. The finest host of a program I’ve heard, wonderful topics, stories told with integrity, and excellent summer series to compliment their excellent regular episodes. Brilliant..Score: 5/5

A Social PrescriptionIlluminating episode a topic that has been long misunderstood. Listen and you will be changed..Score: 5/5

An excellent podcast!I enjoy each and every one of these podcasts. Thoughtfully done, highly interesting, I always look forward to the next one. Shankar V does a great job..Score: 5/5

RBC sponsorshipPlease reconsider accepting sponsorship from RBC. Initiatives like their podcast distract from things like their massive investments in oil sands, etc..Score: 5/5

A great part of my week - is getting betterSaw the ‘Update.....’ title and my stomach clenched thinking it was the end. This is an informative part of my week, with your thoroughly researched and well balanced, beautifully delivered programming. I look forward to our continued connection for many years to come!.Score: 5/5

Intellectual mind candyI so much enjoy your podcasts. I find myself awaiting the next podcast. The subjects are well researched, give pause for thought and engages interesting guests. I have, and will continue, to share this gem with friends and colleagues. Keep up the great work..Score: 4/5

Insightful story telling at its best!I’ve been listening to Shankar for years and each episode is better than the last! Keep them coming :).Score: 5/5

Honestly, the best podcast out thereI recommend this podcast to everyone I know. Shankar is such an incredible host. He does such a great job of asking the right questions and looking at things from all angles. Never stop this podcast!.Score: 5/5

Must-hear stuff here! I have listened to all the episodes and recommend everyone to do the same. Great job on the new episodes..Score: 5/5

Too many old episodes replaysIt feels like they're mostly replaying old episodes with a minute of new intro, and you won't know until you play it. It'd be nice if I can see it in the title and I can skip it. Used to be one of my favourite shows. Now I've completely stopped listening..Score: 1/5

CaptivatingOne of my favourite and most insightful podcasts!...also Shankar has one of the best narrating voice to be honest.Score: 5/5

Shankar is above the restShankar is so engaging. I’ve spend many many hours listening to Hidden Brain, always of actuality with profoundly human subjects. My unsung hero is Shankar :).Score: 4/5

Avid ListenerHidden Brain a Wonderful podcast. Entertaining, informative and intelligent. Shankar is an amazing host. One of my favorite Podcast..Score: 5/5

Fascinating and thought provokingI enjoy these podcasts very much. The information is presented in a lively and entertaining way..Score: 5/5

EmotionTo Mike and ALL people. Part of being human and part of growth is embracing your emotions and sitting with them in a kind way. We push them down to look strong when in fact that can ruin us. Who are these people that don’t allow emotion? Remember empathy is an emotion like others we need to use more positively and productively P.s. love your show..Score: 5/5

A wonderful gem of a podcastThis podcast is so soothing yet informative and really makes you think differently about a wide range of topics. Shankar is such a lovely and compassionate host, and the shorter episodes are great to relax to before bed, while giving you something to think about as you enjoy Shankar’s dulcet tones. It’s like informative comfort food for the brain 🧠.Score: 5/5

Duplicate episodesI subscribed and was excited to start listening. But as I was scrolling and downloading episodes I noticed that there are doubles and triples of the same episode with no mention that they are duplicates... Please put it in the title! Lots of other podcasts do that. I unsubscribed without listening to any because I’m not about to keep track of that all myself and I’m not wasting my iPod’s memory with doubles..Score: 1/5

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All time favorite podcast!I absolutely LOVE podcasts, but hidden brain is my all time favorite, and has been since I first got into podcasting. Shankar is thoughtful, fascinating, grounded, and so, so kind to each and every guest he has on the show. You can tell that Shankar enjoys hearing new ideas and new ways of looking at the world, even if (especially if?) they aren’t mainstream, and he seems to genuinely enjoy each guest, and give them the ultimate benefit of the doubt. If I could have anybody over to my house for dinner, Shankar would be in my top 3! This podcast is full of new ideas, fascinating ways of thinking and understanding humanity, and is fantastically produced. Each episode is so intriguing, and I look forward to them every week!!!.Score: 5/5

My favorite podcast by farI look forward to this podcast every week. The behavioral science is very interesting..Score: 5/5

A little speculativeThere is a lot of good science in this podcast, but also a lot of anecdotal evidence and speculation. Productionwise, the podcast is really nice to listen to, and the host does a good job making the main ideas clear..Score: 4/5

Read THIS!October 5, 2020 episode Look at the science- lanes back up when there is an upcoming lane closure due to drivers merging TOO EARLY. The loss of a lane is a limitation of a resource. ALL lanes (all resources) should be used until the point of closure. At the point of closure alternate at the merge to one lane. Those rational folks driving past your too early merging self are keeping efficiency on the road. You need to retract what you said in every episode until citizens understand the science. RETRACT. Early mergers are false self-righteous fools..Score: 1/5

The best podcast I listen toAnd I listen to Quite a few! If I practiced most of what’s talked about in this podcast most of my relationship problems would be non existent! The tenacity, wit, humor and empathy that Shankar brings is just amazing! And the “unsung hero” segment is just what is needed for a “happy ending” no matter the gravity of the episode/implications of the science being discussed. I only wish there were more/newer episodes in the ‘You2.0’ series!.Score: 5/5

No episode durationMost recent episode duration is 0:00: Hidden Brain|May 17, 2021 at 4:59 PM|00:00 Hidden Brain|May 10, 2021 at 7:46 PM|53:35.Score: 1/5

TopsBeautiful presentation, Heartfelt and humorous too Thoughtful and insightful And a dreamy, reassuring voice Thank you Explores fascinating facets of all life and expands thoughts. Am very grateful to have found Hidden Brain and share with others. Shankar (and all) deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. Truly!!!.Score: 5/5

Growth on GrowthThis show allows me to expand my curiosity about different things in the world - I absolutely love it!.Score: 5/5

Please mark reruns!Love the podcast but there are so many repeats that are not marked..Score: 5/5

So intriguing.This show has some depth to it. So many great episodes that I have sent on to other people. It was a real retreat during Covid. My only podcast that didn’t inundate me with Covid and took me away.I love the host’s voice too.Score: 5/5

Justify The MeansVery interesting..Score: 5/5

One of the best podcasts out there!There are plenty of similar subject(s) podcasts out there, but none wrapped as nicely or tightly as this one. Outstanding host with quintessential podcast voice and interviewing skills. Where else can you hear Aimee Mann read an Elizabeth Bishop poem?.Score: 5/5

GoodGood.Score: 5/5

Pleasing to the ears!Educating, captivating, and mind rattling!.Score: 5/5

My favoriteBy far the best part of my listening day. Thank you..Score: 5/5

Ads are too loudI love this podcast but the ads are too loud. I listen in bad and the ads startle me so much I have to lift the phone to turn the volume down and skip through them.Score: 4/5

Love this podcastInteresting and insightful into the human brain, behavior and condition delivery in an interesting, entertaining and understandable way..Score: 5/5

Nice🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻.Score: 3/5

RelatableI find myself referring to studies that are presented in this show all the time. While talking to coworkers, nurses, stock brokers, family, and artists. These topics are relatable to everyone!.Score: 5/5

One of the BestBest podcast that delves into our brain, why we think, act or respond to events in our world. Turns out Inorance CAN be bliss..Score: 5/5

Time well spentPractical insightful information one can immediately apply to every day life. “Sharpen the saw”.Score: 5/5

Tribes and traitorsEmpathy is great and all but it doesn’t address structural inequalities. Is the solution to police shooting of unarmed black men that they show each other empathy? Sorry but dialogue will not end the occupation..Score: 3/5

Fake bride episodeI have been listening Hidden Brain for years. Unlike many other very interesting episodes, this one was going, and going, Jane’s voice was so boring (might also be fake soft/mellow). I stopped after a while. Lately, topics are about anecdotal events, life stories that I miss to find a good connection. Almost like Shankar had to fill the schedule and found something for it..Score: 1/5

C’mon.Next on Hidden Brain: What happens when you add milk to your bowl of cereal..Score: 1/5

Excellent PogramI started listening to this podcast about a month ago. I originally heard them from KQED and so I researched this program and found out that they have a podcast. I work from home and around 1 PM, I usually take my hour walk. I started listening to HiddenBrain during my walk and really find their topics very informative and quite interesting. It is very diverse. Thank you for keeping me company on my daily walk 😊.Score: 5/5

Really greatSuper interesting.Score: 5/5

Love this show!!So interesting and so well done. I learn so much..Score: 5/5

Trans exclusionary.This week I heard an episode about gendered language, it didn’t once mention non-binary genders, and was actively erasing LGBTQ+ people and children. I was looking forward to this episode, and was greatly disappointed by the limited thinking from your guest and yourself. Non-binary people are more effected by binary gendered language than anyone, at least a mention would have been nice. booo.Score: 1/5

Fake BrideWell done! I found this story unbelievably fascinating. The woman has a silvery, calming voice, one I could listen to for a long time..Score: 5/5

Fake BrideMy first and last time listening to this podcast...this might’ve been the biggest waste of time of my life. Gee thanks, what a terrible, boring story. Kept expecting anything to happen. Zero point..Score: 1/5

Secret FriendsThe show was recommended by a friend. The first episode I listened to was about secret friends. The narrow absolutism upon which the narrative was premised was that entities outside our realm of the 3D must arise wholly from our imagination. This confounded me. It cuts against ancient and modern human experience. Scientific knowledge is a big universe. To assert that God, whether God is the collective of which Dr. Jung wrote, or the singular God Moses saw and heard, is a belief shared by many. The synchronicities the scientist experienced might have been her first clue that not all secret friends are fiction. Seems to me Cher had quite a bit to say from the kid’s own higher self. My own view is that we are joined as one in the collective. Jung saw God in a scarab. Why shouldn’t we?.Score: 1/5

Hidden brain open heartThis show is a beacon of heartfelt open mindedness. Even when handling controversial topics this last year, it presents ideas in a fairly balanced way. Excellent topics, questions & guests..Score: 5/5

Love itVery well produced.Score: 5/5

Excellent on every dimensionInteresting topics, thoughtful interviews, well researched.Score: 5/5

InsightfulThank you for revealing so much..Score: 4/5

HumorOne of my most rewarding contributions at my work is injecting some humor ...and I work with hospice patients. I am never sure how it will go down, especially if my boss hears about it, but in my imagination it’s my gift to them..Score: 5/5

BalancedYou can listen to empathy and balanced report of a subject Shakar presents. Love it.Score: 5/5

Very enlightening!Through storytelling, it makes me feel very engaged because I myself really like storytelling and learning about psychology! Two birds down with one stone. Very clear and it is not dense like psychology is perceived. So, it’s great to see that this podcasts approaches psychology for everyone to learn, of all ages..Score: 5/5

When Conversations Go WrongI love Hidden Brain and get so much out of most sessions. I just listened to the When Conversations Go Wrong episode. At the end of it, I thought about the difficulty my husband and I experience since his traumatic brain injury. The things she spoke about, cadence and perspective are definitely relevant. We also have some language challenges as he often struggles to find the word he’s seeking and I’m struggling to make sense of what he’s saying. We both get very frustrated especially since before his brain injury we were really good at communicating with one another. With so many people caring for loved ones with acquired brain injuries and/or dementia, I’m wondering if you can focus on those challenges as it relates to the “Hidden Brain” and how language comprehension can be altered. Thanks for such a thoughtful Podcast..Score: 5/5

Life Changing!I’ve listened to various podcasts before, but this has to be one of my favorite podcasts out there. I came across this podcast on Spotify when doing a project for school, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. So far, I’ve listened to three episodes, with each having its own take on life. “WOOP! WOOP!” Probably has had the most impact on me, by making me more aware that by fantasizing about something, it can actually hurt my chances of achieving that goal unless I evaluate my weaknesses first. The WOOP method, which stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan, has become an important process in my life when I have a short- or long-term goal set in my life and holds me accountable, rather than my excuses. I personally use this all the time with school and my social life. On a more general note, the podcast does a mainly good job. It has a super easy to follow structure that’s consistent between episodes: normally the first half relates to the how and why of the topic and the second half discusses how the information presented can better people’s life. Also, the podcast gives listeners like me good background on the guest speakers invited to the podcast, with information like where they went to school or how much experience they have, which helps me personally trust the information presented more. One thing I feel that could be improved is the music. It suits the tone but sometimes it so loud, I have trouble hearing the speaker. Maybe it's just my earphones or computer, but I feel that this is an issue others should be aware of. Overall, though, I loved this podcast, and I seriously recommend giving it a try :).Score: 5/5

Hit or missSome are good. Some are shallow and pointless, like “fake bride”.Score: 3/5

Why we hold on to thingsI have a question about attachment to possessions. Why are some people in the same family much more attached to their belongings than other members of the same family? It does not appear to have anything to do with power or control. Perhaps it is an unconscious need to control?.Score: 5/5

Loss and RenewalThis is the most heartwarming story I have ever heard, and am listening to it for the seventh or eighth time since the podcast originally dropped. I was delighted to hear she is now hosting her own podcast, A Slight Change of Plans, to which I immediately subscribed. Many thanks again..Score: 5/5

Great presenterLearned so much listening to this podcast..Score: 5/5

Deep DivesLove how this podcast takes fascinating, modest topics in deep dives into sometimes truly mind changing analysis. Does not dumb down some very fascinating topics..Score: 5/5

Hidden BrainLOVE Shankar!.Score: 5/5

FascinatingSuch a wonderful podcast! Super fascinating!.Score: 5/5

Conversation styleThank you for this episode. I moved to the midwest over 20 years ago, buy i grew up in NY. I have struggled for many years to feel comfortable in conversation in the midwest. But on occasion i do find someone i am comfortable talking to, like you said there is a flow- i eventually find out the person is from the north east. 😅.Score: 5/5

Loved the episodes on humor and conversations!I absolutely loved the recent episodes on humor and conversations. I’m wondering if you’d consider a part B to the conversations one with a focus on electronic conversations (IM and zoom calls) where we don’t have cues to guide us. We are all in this situation now and it’s getting increasingly difficult!.Score: 5/5

Brain on AdsGreat subject. I did notice that everyone was talking very fast. Faster than a typical radio show or live lecture. Made it harder to hear. Did you speed up voices artificially? Could you return them to normal?.Score: 4/5

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As good as it getsThis podcast is brilliant - thoughtful, challenging and highly educational. Even when the episode topic initially looks uninteresting to me, I always come away entertained and informed..Score: 5/5

LOVE this podcast!Huge fan of the storytelling in this podcast and looking into the complexity of human behaviour!.Score: 5/5

Bay_101Cool.Score: 5/5

Essential to understand human psychologyOutstanding show that really helps us question what we think we know, and assess issues in a more objective manner.Score: 5/5

Great.... ButI love your show. It's so interesting and often changes my perspective on the world around me. But lately I have been hearing a lot about how the world of social psychology and psychology and science in general has been plagued by problems with exaggeration, bias and fraud. Made very concrete with the failures to replicate so many of the interesting results of different studies. I love hearing about the surprising, sect and counter intuitive findings on your show and it's a lot of what makes your podcast interesting (high production, beautiful story telling, thorough journalism aside). But lately I'm a little confused about how much I should trust what I am hearing. Could you do an episode or a series about effects you have reported on that have been found to be unreplicable or questionable. A regular show of this kind would go a long way to restoring trust and might have flow on effects back into the way science is done..Score: 5/5

The bestLove this podcast so much!!! amazing audio quality and the sound is so soothing and all the discussions are super interesting and intriguing.Score: 5/5

Food for the mindI love these podcasts and enjoy the format very much. The explore the topics and ask the questions that most want to be answered. One of my favourites!.Score: 5/5

Every episode is a winnerA very insightful, clever and interesting podcast. There have been countless moments where I've heard things that resonate strongly with me. I enjoy all of it..Score: 5/5

Great!Love this podcast..Score: 5/5

RosaMy favourite podcast. Outstanding..Score: 5/5

Intellectually Stimulating, But easy to UnderstandThe hidden brain podcast goes through some of the core topics of what makes people act like people, whilst framing everything in a context that anyone can understand. Shankar does an amazing job hosting the podcast, and facilitated some of the most interesting interviews I’ve heard. Keep up the good work NPR.Score: 5/5

Great podVery insightful stories that are engaging and you can tell the time and effort put into investigating each episode. Keep it up!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic PodcastI love Hidden Brain. I look forward to every episode and am often surprised by the intriguing content. Thank you for providing such enriching insight and especially objective views for our free entertainment. Much appreciated.Score: 5/5

Quite goodGuide interesting other than the disappointing being narrow mindedness about Spiritually and holding fast to the outdated idea that science and true spiritually are mutually exclusive..Score: 3/5

Most interestingHumans are complex, diverse, odd and heartwarming. This helps me understand why I am the way I am and how I’m different to others, and vice versa.Score: 5/5

So, so good!If you’re like me, fascinated by human behavior and are looking for someone who looks at this issue and its many facets this is a podcast for you. Love it!!!.Score: 5/5

What were people even listening to before podcasts ?This just goes to show how fortunate we are to be living right now when technology can do this - deliver podcasts like this one, to niche audience, with great quality.Score: 5/5

Consistently amazingEvery episode is unique and thought provoking, thank you Shankar and team.Score: 5/5

This is my favourite podcast!Thanks Shankar for hosting such great show and for interviewing interesting and inspirational humans..Score: 5/5

I never miss an episode of Hidden Brain.This show is expertly handled. It’s such a delight to hear interesting and meaningful conversations explored with experts and science to qualify the discussion. I learn something fascinating in each episode..Score: 5/5

A hidden gemThought provoking always, this is a well researched, impeccably ethical, beautifully presented podcast, on the importance of developing understanding of ourselves and of giving people the benefit of the doubt..Score: 5/5

Hidden BrainThe host is intelligent and easy to listen to. A warm friend. The show offers plenty of interesting perspectives on social behaviour relevant to today’s communities. Not just to challenge necessarily but to offer a differing viewpoint..Score: 5/5

Insightful and relateableI always love listening to podcasts that make me think and this is one of the best. As a teacher, I am constantly thinking of how the content relates to my students or myself and I often share with colleagues. I definitely recommend it!.Score: 5/5

Genuinely thought provoking and very interesting.I love hidden brain!.Score: 5/5

New subAbsolutely the best podcast : thought provoking, intuitive, educational..Score: 5/5

My new favourite podcastSuch thought provoking topics, my only regret is that there aren’t more hours in the day to listen. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Sponsored by MobilMobil? Really? Did you think twice about pocketing the dirty money? Shame, devalued the pod for me 😕.Score: 1/5

Really amazing workLove this podcast so much, the production value is awesome and the topics are really eye opening. Thanks guys & girls!.Score: 5/5

Appointment listeningLove that s podcast.Score: 5/5

The best!The best podcast and is the start of many conversation around the family dinner table..Score: 5/5

Worth selection and concentrationHave only just discovered this thoughtful and thought-provoking podcast. Read the details of each to find out if you think you’d benefit. You’ll definitely find more than a few good ideas for contemplation and adoption. I’d like to see more on grief and loss, having lost my only children, 3 sons, to the scourge of drugs or their after-effects on the brain..Score: 5/5

Love thisStumbled across this podcast and love the thought provoking discussions. Great break from the tragic crime podcasts I usually listen to!!.Score: 5/5

Fascinating & engagingThis show captivates your attention as well as educates & entertains. A well produced show with a great host who has diligently researched his subject matter. He shares this information in an enjoyable narrative style. With the help of experts Shankar presents these brain behaviour topics exposing us to human uniquity, similarity, vulnerability & what connects us. A show that allows us to share the curiosity & passion of the host which expands our knowledge & compassion. Highly recommended ! I award this 5 Gold Stars : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.Score: 5/5

ThanksThanks Shankar for hosting such a great podcast!.Score: 5/5

One of my favourite podcastsNever do I listen to this podcast without learning something new and interesting about the workings of the human mind. Shankar is an amazing teller of stories..Score: 5/5

Mobil advertising.This amazing podcast would get 5 stars but it loses one for its advertising choices. Why would you take money from a company who is destroying our world? Where is your conscience?.Score: 4/5

SponsorYou just lost me as a listener with Mobil as a sponsor. Seriously?.Score: 1/5

Finding my Brain 🧠This is such a fascinating show and I’ve loved every episode I’ve heard. Why we think and do what we do is so interesting to learn about and the show explains our behaviour in an intelligible manner. The host is the icing on the cake. His voice is clear, gentle and reflects a lovely personality. Presenters make or break a podcast and he takes this one to the top of my list. I love how he always thanks somebody from behind the scenes at the end of each show. Highly recommended.Score: 5/5

Very interestingI recently discovered Hidden Brain and loved it so much I downloaded all the past episodes. I have to say I like the format now more than the earlier episodes, so that was a good move. It’s so interesting and the host is great..Score: 5/5

Small increments of decent thoughtLove Shankar, such a kind and generous host.Score: 5/5

Interesting and timelyA favourite podcast! Learn so much and often topics are quite relevant to what’s happening now..Score: 5/5

6 starsLove this pod so much. The host Shankar is my fave of all podcast hosts anywhere. LOVE it. Host really makes it, great choice..Score: 5/5

Hidden Brain amazing!Thanks so much for the great work as always Hidden Brain team #manup episode was fab !.Score: 5/5

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Caitie DHidden Brain is a throughly refreshing, thoughtful, and insightful podcast..Score: 5/5

So goodSo interesting. So much to learn. Perfect length. Thank you for keeping me entertained..Score: 5/5

KfowennnnnnAwesome.Score: 5/5

Intriguing!Always a treat to hear new information from reliable sources, the mind is an enigma yet to be understood..Score: 5/5

Rated amongst my top 5 podcastsThis podcast is meaningful while also being very approachable. A range of voices and stories are bought in to add context and humanity to each topic..Score: 4/5

Love the Gordon-Reed discussion on Thomas Jefferson in particular.Thought provoking and always interesting.Score: 5/5

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Hidden Brain Podcast Episodes

The Power of Mercy

Granting forgiveness for the wrongs done to us can be one of the hardest things we face in life. But forgiveness can also be transformative. In the first of a two-part series on apologies and mercy, we talk with psychologist Charlotte Witvliet about the benefits of forgiveness, for both the mind and the body.   If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

What are the Odds?

Coincidences can feel like magic. When we realize that a co-worker shares our birthday or run into a college roommate while on vacation, it can give us a surge of delight. Today, we revisit a favorite episode about these moments of serendipity. Mathematician Joseph Mazur explains why coincidences aren't as unlikely as we think they are, and psychologist Nicholas Epley tells us why we can't help but find meaning in them anyway. 

This is Your Brain on Ads

Have you ever opened your computer with the intention of sending one email — only to spend an hour scrolling through social media? Maybe two hours? In this favorite episode from our archives, we look at how media, tech, and entertainment companies hijack our attention. Plus, we consider how the commercials we saw as children continue to shape our behavior as adults.  If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

Why We Hold on to Things

What do the things you own say about who you are? Psychologist Bruce Hood studies our relationship with our possessions – from beloved childhood objects to the everyday items we leave behind. If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

Loss and Renewal

No matter how hard we work, we won’t always achieve the goals we set for ourselves. When cognitive scientist Maya Shankar was a girl, she wanted to be a concert violinist. Then an injury forced her to imagine her life anew. This week, we revisit a favorite episode from 2015 with Maya. She’s now the host of a new podcast, A Slight Change of Plans. If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

Tribes and Traitors

In the past weeks, headlines around the world have focused on the violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In this favorite episode from our archive, we hear from a former Israeli soldier and a Palestinian man who asked a radical question: what happens when you empathize with your enemy?  They found that showing such empathy can be powerful — but also carries risks.  If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

Our Noisy Minds

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman says there are invisible factors that distort our judgment. He calls these factors “noise.” The consequences can be found in everything from marriage proposals to medical diagnoses and prison sentences. This week on Hidden Brain, we consider how to identify noise in the world, and in our own lives. If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

The Fake Bride

Have you ever felt as if someone else was writing your personal narrative? Controlling what you do, shaping how you act? This week on Hidden Brain, we bring you a surreal tale about a woman who became a reluctant character in someone else’s love story. If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at 

Josh Gitelson: My Unsung Hero

At the end of every episode, we take a moment to thank an Unsung Hero: someone who’s not on the staff of the show, but who went above and beyond in helping us out. In recent weeks, we've been asking you to share your own examples of someone who's made an impact on your life. This time, Josh Gitelson of State College, Pa., recalls a small gesture of kindness from a stranger on a plane. Do you have a story of an unsung hero you want to share with our listeners? Tell us about it! Please email us at [email protected], with the subject line "Unsung Hero." For some guidelines on what we're looking for, go to

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