Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:
Monday, September 15, 2014
We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Suicide rates among middle-aged men in America have shown a sudden, distressing increase in the last decade.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Over the last decade, the average age of the top 100 tennis players has steadily increased. We look at why players over 30 are likely to be strongly represented in the upcoming U.S. Open.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Scholars have long tried to understand how culture affects communities. New research argues that the parking behavior of drivers may tell us something about the economic productivity of nations.
Monday, August 18, 2014
An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Millions of people around the world face difficult choices at the end of their lives. Researchers delved into whether stereotypes affect medical decisions when it comes to terminal illness.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Analysis of freelance jobs suggests employers are conservative when it comes to hiring, and dislike candidates who have done a lot of different things.
Monday, July 28, 2014
People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?
Friday, July 18, 2014
Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Research from the University of Chicago indicates that at least 50 percent of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
A new analysis suggests unconscious sexism causes people to take hurricanes with female names less seriously than hurricanes with male names.