NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam offers unique insights into how our unconscious biases — what he calls the hidden brain — affect the decisions we make both personally and as groups and organizations. He bases these insights on data, not on psychological theories of the subconscious, and is an expert on how we can use big data to understand and improve our lives and organizations. Few speakers bring such a trove of breakthroughs in social science research to their audiences’ concerns. The Hidden Brain. Like a puppeteer behind a curtain, the hidden brain shapes our behavior, our choices, and the course of our relationships. But unconscious biases don’t just live in our individual brains; they also influence the success or failure of our organizations. In his presentations, as in his book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, Vedantam reveals these unconscious patterns and he lays out ways in which we can avoid the mistakes they often cause. Credentials. Shankar Vedantam is National Public Radio’s social science correspondent and the host of the Hidden Brain Podcast. He spent ten years as a reporter for The Washington Post and wrote the Post’s Department of Human Behavior column from 2007 to 2009. He served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University from 2009 to 2010. The recipient of numerous awards, Shankar has lectured at Harvard University and Columbia University, served on the advisory board of the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowships in Science & Religion, and been a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.