Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules Of Sex On College Campuses

Monday, September 25, 2017

We all know casual sex isn't about love. But what if it's not even about lust?

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Powerful Storms Make For Compelling Stories, But Can Cause Mental Health Stress

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR's Hidden Brain podcast about how witnessing traumatic events — even from a great distance — can affect mental health.

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Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Thursday, September 21, 2017

South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.

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We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right?

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How The Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An analysis of Seattle restaurants shows that as the city dramatically raised the minimum wage for restaurant employees and other workers, restaurants responded by lowering hygiene standards.

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Why We Can't Shake Life's 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda' Moments

Monday, September 11, 2017

Amy Summerville runs the Regret Lab at Miami University in Ohio. She says regret is pervasive — but it doesn't always have to be a negative emotion.

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Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech

Friday, September 08, 2017

Some new research says that many people use free speech arguments only when convenient, and as a cover for their own feelings.

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You 2.0: How To Build A Better Job

Monday, July 31, 2017

Finding a new job may be the solution to your woes at work. But there may also be other ways to get more out of your daily grind.

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You 2.0: The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Every time you give in to the buzzing notifications of our phone or computer, you pay a price: little by little, you lose your ability to focus.

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Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A new study shows a connection between cigarette taxes and food stamps. When cigarette taxes go up, smokers end up spending more of their income on cigarettes and that leaves less money for food.

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Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whether people consume news in a social setting or alone can affect how likely they are to fact-check. Research suggests people let their guard down when they're in groups and become less skeptical.

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Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Monday, July 17, 2017

According to research, between 10 and 40% of kids who intend to go to college at high school graduation don't show up in the fall. This phenomenon, known as "summer melt," has puzzled universities.

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Can Robots Teach Us What It Means To Be Human?

Monday, July 10, 2017

If you've ever shouted at Siri or rolled your eyes at your Roomba, you know that artificial intelligence isn't always that smart. But there's still a lot that robots can tell us about ourselves.

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Pain Before Pleasure Makes The Pleasure Even Better, Study Finds

Monday, July 10, 2017

A study from the University of Kentucky shows that doing something virtuous can make indulging later even more pleasurable.

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Research Shows Birth Order Really Does Matter

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Compared to older siblings, second-born boys are more likely to go to prison, get suspended in school and enter juvenile delinquency. Why? Parents of first-borns are more invested in their upbringing.

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Child Care Centers Often Don't Hire The Most Qualified Teachers, Study Shows

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Child care centers don't necessarily hire the most qualified teachers. A new study shows that child care centers pick applicants who are in the middle of the pack.

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Degrees of Maybe: How We Can All Make Better Predictions

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pundits and prognosticators make predictions all the time: about everything from elections, to sports, to global affairs. This week, we explore why they're often wrong, and how we can all do better.

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Hidden Brain: Terror Strikes And An Attacker's Identity

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Research shows people are more likely to label an attack as terrorism if the perpetrator is Muslim. Terrorist attacks committed by Muslims receive more coverage than those not committed by Muslims.

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When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Cover Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators

Monday, June 19, 2017

In the last five years, 12 percent of terrorist attacks in the U.S. were carried out by Muslims and more than 50 percent by far right extremists. So why the media focus on "Islamic terrorism"?

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Police Shootings: How A Culture Of Racism Can Infect Us All

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In a shooting involving a police officer, there's often a familiar blame game: Was the cop was racist? Was the person shot threatening? Or maybe, the bias that leads cops to shoot affects us all.

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