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Country music singer Kacey Musgraves says she's not "pageant material." But she holds her own in a game of Mad Scientist with Shankar Vedantam on this week's episode of Hidden Brain. Wade Payne/AP hide caption

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Near Wins, And Not Quites: How Almost Winning Can Be Motivating

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Having a safety net can make us less motivated to achieve our primary goals ... like, for example, preventing our boats from sinking. Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption

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The Best-Laid (Backup) Plans...

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Angels came in different flavors. Most were young and all were eager to please — dream women for a certain kind of man — dreamed up, of course, by another man. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Lonely Hearts

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The ScareHouse in Pittsburgh is curated in part by sociologist Margee Kerr. Rachellyn Schoen/ScareHouse hide caption

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Things That Go Bump In The Lab: Halloween And The Science Of Fear

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Richard Dean Anderson portrayed MacGyver with the perfect combination of cool and nerdy. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

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