Season 8, Episode 42

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To treat stroke patients, we can retrain parts of the brain to assume the functions of damaged sections. So why do we keep calling our brains “hard-wired” for anything? (Photo: Harris A Ewing/Wikimedia Commons)

We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don’t actually mean what we think they mean. But don’t worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing.”