Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

During an experiment, people consented to sharing their private information with the NSA, and to surrendering their first-born as payment for access to a fictitious social networking site.


Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

Friday, August 19, 2016

Researchers find that long waiting times for surgery are not associated with worse health outcomes for patients. The study involved patients waiting for surgery in England.


Why High-Income Households Benefit More From Product Innovations

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Stanford University researcher finds that products purchased mainly by poor people were increasing in price much more quickly than those purchased by the wealthy.


Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Teens showed an image that was deemed to have lots of "likes" tended to also like the image. Seeing popular pictures also produced greater activation in the reward centers of the brain.


How A Child's Gender May Affect Parents' Willingness To Bend The Truth

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

An experiment found that parents cheated at a game less when their kids were present, but gender made a big difference: The parents modeled honest behavior more with daughters than with sons.


Why The First Name On The Ballot Often Wins

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Presidential elections draw lots of attention, but voters also have to make lots of less familiar choices. The order in which their names are listed on the ballot can help candidates, a study shows.


'Ban The Box' Laws,' Do They Help Job Applicants With Criminal Histories?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

To help ex-felons land jobs, many states have enacted a law that prevents employers from asking applicants to check a box to reveal criminal history. But these laws may not have the intended effect.


Study Explores Links Between Politics And Racial Bias

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new study looks at the link between racial bias and the Tea Party. Researchers found that people who looked at images of Barack Obama that were edited to make his skin look darker were more likely to express support for the Tea Party.


Research: Black Judges Are Reversed On Appeal More Than White Judges

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

President Obama has tried to diversify the federal judiciary by appointing more black judges. Data show black federal district judges are overturned on appeal 10 percent more often than white judges.


Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nearly one quarter of all Americans reach for a bottle of Tylenol every week to take the edge off a headache, fever or toothache. Experiments suggest it might also have another effect on you.


Researchers Examine Family Income And Children's Non-Cognitive Skills

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Barbara Wolfe and Jason Fletcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found children from lower income families have lower non-cognitive skills than children from richer families.


New Study Explores Psychology Of Giving Wedding Gifts

Friday, June 24, 2016

A new study looks at the psychology of giving wedding gifts. Researchers found when buying wedding gifts, people closest to the recipient often diverge from the registry to express their unique relationship to the recipient. But this leaves the recipient less happy than if they had received something from the registry.


Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A new study looks at friendships in the workplace. Researchers found friendships do improve workers' job performance reviews but they also detract from performance — leading to emotional exhaustion.


Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.


How Student Debt Affects Personal Choices Of Young People

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Researchers examine the effects of student debt on the personal choices that young adults have to make. For example, decisions about whether to get married or when to have children.


How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved.


Women Held To Higher Ethical Standard Than Men, Study Shows

Thursday, June 02, 2016

In a new study on gender and ethics, researchers found women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.


Study: Judges Treat Juveniles Of The Same Race As Themselves More Harshly

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Researchers studying racial bias examined juvenile court cases between 1996 and 2012 and found judges are more likely to send juveniles of their own race to jail and for longer sentences.


How Obamacare Affects Our Wallets And Debt Ratio

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A study examined the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act. Researchers found states that opted to expand Medicaid through Obamacare had residents with fewer unpaid bills and less debt overall.


Does The Placebo Effect Influence Consumer Product Purchases?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Novices play better golf when they have expensive brand name equipment, research shows. Brand name products alleviate some performance anxiety but brands have no effect on better players.