A few relevant facts about me
(MATTHEW HUTSON). I have a B.S. in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and an M.S. in science writing from MIT. In between, I spent two years managing a neuroimaging lab at MIT, and afterward I spent six months at Fermilab and two years at Sally Ride Science.

I’m a Contributing Writer at The New Yorker. I’ve written for ScienceNatureThe Atlantic, The EconomistThe New York Times MagazineWired, Newsweek, Businessweek, DiscoverScientific American, Science NewsPopular Mechanics, New Scientist, Technology Review, Slate, Salon,,, Aeon, Nautilus, Quanta, Al Jazeera America, Ars Technica, IEEE SpectrumThe Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Psychology Today, where I was the News Editor for four years. In high school I was voted most philosophical and best hair. I live in New York City, where I am an atheist and an occasional magical thinker. Sometimes I play with fire.

My personal website is My CV is here. You can email me at

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TV & Radio Appearances

Matthew Hutson on ABC's 20/20 with Meredith Viera

4/2/20 – AMC/Shudder’s Cursed Films. I talk about superstition in the film industry.

10/15/16 – CBS This Morning. I talk about the future of surveillance.

10/1/16 – Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Best Practice. I talk about charisma.

9/21/16 – BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight. I talk about small talk.

4/20/15 – BBC Radio 4’s Digital Human. I discuss Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law.

10/12/14 – CBS News Sunday Morning. I discuss coincidences with Susan Spencer.

7/27/14 – NTN24 & Telemundo’s Efecto Naim (21 countries). I discuss politics and superstition.

10/31/13 – CBC’s Superstitious Minds (Canada), a documentary about superstition.

10/31/13 – 3sat’s Scobel (Germany). I discuss superstition. Clips here and here.

6/7/13 – Globo TV’s Globo Repórter (Brazil). I discuss superstition with Elaine Bast.

10/26/12 – ABC’s 20/20. I discuss “the sixth sense” with Elizabeth Vargas.

11/11/2011 – CNN Newsource. I comment on 11/11/11 superstitions.

12/31/2009 – NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I discuss New Year superstitions with Neal Conan.

10/30/2008 – NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I discuss election superstitions with Neal Conan.

Numerous other radio and podcast interviews.

Print and Web interviews listed here.