In a sense, every podcast is a podcast about psychology and the human condition. Podcasts like This American Life and the TED Radio Hour tell extraordinary stories by everyday people and experts alike. S-Town, in part, looks at where we’re from and how that does (and doesn’t) shape who we are. Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History digs into the very “human” part of human history, and Serial explores the very human impact of the criminal justice system. In other words, if you’re looking for podcasts about human psychology, you wouldn’t be lack for choice.
We humans, as you might imagine, are obsessed with ourselves. We have enough personality tests to last us the rest of forever, sorting us into some amalgamation of Myers-Briggs letters and enneagram numbers and Sex and the City characters. Understanding what makes us us is inherently part of the human condition.
Per Scientific American, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist at the Institute of Biomedical Science in Rio de Janeiro, debunked the idea that the human brain is special solely because we have more neurons or use more brain energy. Herculano-Houzel found that “the number of neurons relative to brain size to be consistent with other primates, and that the cerebral cortex.” As Diana Kwon writes for Scientific American, “Herculano-Houzel] argues that the human brain is actually just a linearly scaled-up primate brain that grew in size as we started to consume more calories, thanks to the advent of cooked food.” Rats demonstrate altruism and monkeys favor fairness. So, perhaps the primary leg-up we’ve got with our big, big galaxy brains is its size.
If your brain is seeking more information on itself, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven podcasts about human psychology to help you learn more about yourself and humans as a whole.