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Michael Blastland invites us to look around the zoo, where we discover the way we think, behave and make decisions, to explore how far we are led by reason, emotion or instinct.

The Human Zoo is a place to learn about the one subject that never fails to fascinate: ourselves. Are people led by the head or by the heart? How rational are we? And how do we perceive the world?

It's a curious blend of intriguing experiments to discover our biases and judgements, with explorations and examples taken from what's in the news to what we do in the kitchen - all driven by a large slice of curiosity.

Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick University, will be on hand as guide and experimenter in chief, together with the many other experts popularising a fast-growing subject in academia and the bookstores.

Presenter: Michael Blastland
Producer: Toby Murcott
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

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Mon 15 Sep 2014 23:00

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