ABOUT THE BOOK
The idea for The Hidden Brain grew out of a Sunday magazine cover story Shankar Vedantam wrote for the Washington Post called See No Bias. That story focused on the effects of unconscious prejudice. Over time, Shankar came to see that unconscious prejudice was only a special case of a larger phenomenon that affected everything from how people fall in love to why they get divorced, from how nations go to war to why they sit on their hands as genocides unfold. Thinking about life through the lens of the hidden brain can be an addictive parlor game; it also happens to be one of the most important things we can do as human beings.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS AND VIDEO SUMMARIES
Chapter 1 — The Myth of Intention – Watch Video
Chapter 2 — The Ubiquitous Shadow – Watch Video
Chapter 3 — Tracking the Hidden Brain – Watch Video
Chapter 4 — The Infant’s Stare, Macaca and Racist Seniors – Watch Video
Chapter 5 — The Invisible Current – Watch Video
Chapter 6 — The Siren’s Call – Watch Video
Chapter 7 — The Tunnel – Watch Video
Chapter 8 — Shades of Justice – Watch Video
Chapter 9 — Disarming the Bomb – Watch Video
Chapter 10 — The Telescope Effect – Watch Video
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shankar Vedantam is a national science writer at The Washington Post. Between 2006 and 2009, Vedantam authored the weekly Department of Human Behavior column in The Washington Post. He is the winner of several journalism awards. Vedantam is a 2009-2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.
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