HOME / The Hidden Brain : How your unconscious mind shapes you. Walking Santa, Talking Christ Why do Americans claim to be more religious than they are? By Shankar Vedantam|Posted Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at 5:13 PM Tweet Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all The Hidden Brain articles. Follow the Health and Science section. Follow stories by Shankar Vedantam. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Is Your State Bird a Stupid State Bird? What It Should Be Instead. Enterprise vs. Millennium Falcon: Which is the Fastest? Eleanor Roosevelt's License to Pack Heat Shankar Vedantam covers the social sciences for NPR. Follow him @HiddenBrain and on Facebook. Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer. Click here to load comments.