Curiosity Daily Podcast: Human Networks Change How We Think (with Stanford Economist Matthew O. Jackson)

Learn about how social structures can shape how we think and behave from Matthew O. Jackson, the William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Also in this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss a simple technique that will instantly make you a better listener, from this story on

April 03, 2019

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