Life plans can be shaken in an instant. How to make the most of these big transitions
Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shock Value.
As a teenager, Maya Shankar planned to be a concert violinist. When an injury put her sense of self into question, Shankar began a lifelong mission to learn how the brain processes life's disruptions.
About Maya Shankar
Maya Shankar is a cognitive scientist and host of the Gimlet podcast, A Slight Change of Plans. Her show blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to explore who we are and who we become in the face of change.
Prior to podcasting, Shankar applied her knowledge of cognitive science to the design of public policies and programs. She was a senior advisor to the Obama administration, where she served as founder and chair of the White House Behavioral Science Team, and later at the United Nations. Shankar has been profiled by The New Yorker and has been featured in The New York Times and Scientific American. She has a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience from Stanford, a PhD from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a BA from Yale. Shankar is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music's pre-college division and a former private violin student of Itzhak Perlman. As a teenager, she performed on NPR's From The Top. She performed a solo in 1999, and she performed as part of a quartet in 2002. Clips from these performances are included in this segment.
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