Shankar Vedantam


AFP 2017 Tuesday Keynote: Finance & The Hidden Brain

Listen as NPR’s Social Science Correspondent and author of The Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam explores how the behavior and decision making of individuals and organizations are shaped by hidden psychological factors they rarely stop to consider. Like a puppeteer behind a curtain, these stealthy forces shape our perceptions, judgement and decisions.


Shankar Vedantam

Author, The Hidden Brain
Social Science Correspondent, NPR

Shankar Vedantam offers unique insights into how our unconscious biases affect the decisions we make both personally and as groups and organizations – this is what he refers to as the hidden brain. Data driven results guide Vedantam, not just Freudian theories of the subconscious. Vedantam is National Public Radio’s social science correspondent and the host of the Hidden Brain Podcast.

As a reporter for The Washington Post, he wrote the Post’s Department of Human Behavior column from 2007 to 2009. The recipient of numerous awards, Vedantam has lectured at Harvard University, where he served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism from 2009 to 2010. While at Columbia University, he served on the advisory board of the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowships in Science & Religion.

Listen to Shankar Vedantam on the AFP Converations Podcast