The Curiosity Podcast

What Makes Your Brain Happy — and Why You Should Do the Opposite

What your brain wants and what your brain needs aren't always the same. In fact, the shortcuts our brains take can lead to biases and distortions that make us our own worst enemy. Science writer David DiSalvo, author of "What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite," discusses our brain's shortcomings and how we can identify and conquer them. Stream or download the podcast using the player below or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

Insane In The Mem-Brain

On this episode of the Curiosity Podcast, "What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite" author David DiSalvo presents evidence from evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics, to discuss:

  • Why our brains allow us to make poor decisions even when we know there will be a negative outcome.
  • The role of technology and social media in fueling our biases, which creates a greater need to understand and control them.
  • How to be aware of our brain's biases — such as confirmation bias, recency bias, intensity bias, and availability bias — so that we can better overcome them.
  • Metacognition and how to think about our thinking.
  • How to overcome the challenges of accomplishing a goal like losing weight while avoiding the "yo-yo effect" of doing something to negate the benefits of reaching that goal.

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About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we talk to experts who can help you get smart about the world around you, with a timely blend of cultural trends, life hacks, and developments in science and technology. You'll learn about your mind and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.

"What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite"
Written by Cody Gough April 24, 2018

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