Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

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.

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How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

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.

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How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

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?

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Are Terminal Illness Decisions Affected By Negative Stereotypes?

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.


Employers Forced To Judge Job Candidates' Career Trajectory

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.


Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

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.


As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

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?


When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

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.


When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

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.


Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

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.


20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

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.


Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

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.


How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

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.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

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


More Americans Than You Might Think Believe In Conspiracy Theories

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.


Research: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms With Female Names

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.

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What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It

Friday, May 30, 2014

New research suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The "emotional grammar" of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.


Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters.


Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.


Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings

Monday, May 19, 2014

The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the journal Social Psychology is trying a different approach.