Monday, March 2, 2015

Are you listening to "Invisibilia" yet? No? Why not?!?!

NPR recently started airing a podcast called "Invisibilia," and it is AMAZING. It's what you'd expect from NPR: a well produced and written science podcast filled with compelling stories. Here's the description from their website:

"Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently"

What I DIDN'T expect was that every episode I listen to, I learn what feels like a radically different interpretation/aspect of psychological research that I thought I was very familiar with. This podcast blows me away every time I listen to it. Examples:
  • "World with No Fear" - "Alix explains how nature imbued us with the need to feel fear, and how the modern world sends it into unnecessary overdrive. We'll also hear about the striking (and rare) case of a woman with no fear" (thanks to Scott for alerting me to this episode)
  • "Mirror Touch" - "the hosts introduce you to Amanda, who can physically feel what other people are feeling."
  • "How to Become Batman" - "Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect our expectations can have on the people around us. Plus, the story of a blind man who says expectations have helped him see. Yes, see" 
Even if you don't normally listen to podcasts, even if you don't really have time, this one is worth listening to - promise! Try it! You'll love it!

posted by Rob McEntarffer

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