Shankar Vedantam

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Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp by tourists tend to be significantly more lenient than reviews by locals. Reviews written a long time after the reviewer visits the restaurant are similarly lenient.


New Research Finds Lonely People Have Superior Social Skills

Friday, June 26, 2015

Intuitively, many of us might think lonely people are lonely because they have poor social skills. New research turns this thinking on its head and offers a potential cure for loneliness.


Examining Race-Based Admissions Bans On Medical Schools

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Researchers explored the effects of black and Latino graduation rates from medical school, following a ban on race conscious admissions policies in several states.


Disagreeable Teens Fail To Understand Their Blind Spots, Research Reveals

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Disagreeable teens tend to grow up into disagreeable adults. A 10-year study finds that disagreeable teens often have no awareness that their behavior is harming their relationships.


Having An Older Sister Can Change Siblings' Lives, Study Finds

Monday, June 15, 2015

According to the research: men who have older sisters, on average, are less competitive than men who don't. And women who have older sisters, are more competitive than women who do not.


Retailers Use Time To Their Advantage; More Impulse Products Sold

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Retailers have learned that the more time consumers spend in a store, the more likely they'll make impulse purchases. Stores are adapting the "shopping experience" accordingly.


Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Researchers studying the effects of marijuana faced an obstacle: they couldn't create an exact control group. But a change in drug laws in the Netherlands offered a perfect laboratory.


Many NFL Players Make Abysmal Financial Decisions, Research Shows

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

New research suggests many NFL players struggle with money over their lifetimes, and a staggering number of them go bankrupt. Making a lot of money as a player does not seem to offer much protection.


Researchers Link Feelings Of Disgust And Ethical Behavior

Monday, June 01, 2015

Research finds that people respond to feelings of disgust by trying to protect themselves from it โ€” and this can quickly translate into self-interested behavior and cheating.


Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To increase the number of organ donors in the U.S., psychologists have advocated for changes to how we ask people to donate. In California, officials tried something new โ€” but it may have backfired.


How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eating healthy is easier said than done. Same with buying healthy food. Research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies.


How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

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.


What Might Make Young People Practice Safe Sex? Lottery Tickets!

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.


Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective

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.


Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

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.


Why Handsome Men May Be At A Disadvantage When It Comes To Hiring

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.


Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

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.


Why Is Condom-Use Suddenly Dropping Among College Sophomores?

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?


How Money Managers' Personal Lives Affect Your Investments

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.


The Dangerous Distractions Of Spring Break

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Does Spring Break cause an increase in traffic fatalities? There's new research that may give parents and students pause.