Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:
Monday, May 18, 2015
An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Researchers working in Lesotho found that offering lottery tickets to volunteers who test negative for sexually transmitted infections is a powerful motivator for safe sex.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
As California's drought draws national headlines, we look at what a psychology-minded engineer has discovered when it comes to conserving water at home.
Friday, May 01, 2015
New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Researchers have known that beautiful people have advantages. But experiments find that in many hiring and evaluation decisions, being a good looking man can be a distinct disadvantage.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Teachers can become frustrated when students don't seem to try hard when it comes to schoolwork. There's a surprising explanation of why some students might not be putting their best effort forward.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Research at multiple universities shows the decline in safe sex is concentrated among students from low-income families. But why are these students less likely to practice safe sex?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
For some people who discover a sudden drop in their investments, social science research offers a surprising explanation. When a hedge fund manager gets divorced, they underperform by 7.4 percent.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Does Spring Break cause an increase in traffic fatalities? There's new research that may give parents and students pause.
Monday, March 09, 2015
When we're asked to do something, we often ask, "What's in it for me?" or "What am I going to get out of it?" Research suggests not knowing what you will get can sometimes be a strong motivator.
Monday, March 02, 2015
A massive analysis of hospital data finds doctors and nurses are not following guidelines on washing their hands before and after they come into contact with patients.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A field experiment in Kentucky, Kansas and Wisconsin finds that shaming tax cheats is a more effective way to get scofflaws to pay up rather than threatening them with fines.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam examines who or what we decide to trust - algorithms, humans or evidence?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Can tweets be analyzed to predict heart disease? New research suggests the answer is yes.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Social scientists recently analyzed the effects of removing Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. They found it markedly reduced anti-Israel sentiment, and actual acts of violence against Israel.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
As the country grapples with a growing outbreak of measles, we delve into what works and what doesn't — and what might get people to vaccinate their kids.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?
Friday, January 23, 2015
Research finds the systematic elimination of losing coaches by NFL teams generally leads to weaker performance among those teams in the following few years.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Martin Luther King Day honors a great African-American leader — so you might think it's a day many Americans would also honor prominent African-Americans in our lives today. But you'd be wrong.