Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

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.


The Health Benefits Of Dancing Go Beyond Exercise And Stress Reducer

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

What are the health implications of dancing? New social science research shows that dancing in synchrony with others increases people's threshold for dealing with pain.


Ashley Madison Hack Inspires Social Scientists To Look Behind The Names

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A leak of names from one of the world's most famous "adultery" sites, Ashley Madison, got social scientists thinking. They've recently tried to see if people who like to cheat in their marriages also have a propensity to cheat at work.


How Being Busy Affects Our Motivation

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

There's an old saying: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Researchers find that busy people are more motivated to complete tasks after missing a deadline than their non-busy peers.


#AirbnbWhileBlack: How Hidden Bias Shapes The Sharing Economy

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The sharing economy is making online transactions far more personal, which can lead to some unintended consequences.


What Does Time Perception Have To Do With Racial Disparities?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Research shows that our biases can actually skew our perception of time. For police officers, this means some are at a greater risk for shooting unarmed black men.


How Decedents' Quality Of Life At The Time Of Death Affects Others

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Research indicates when a partner dies happy and contented, that stays with the other person a long time, but when a partner dies unhappy and in pain, those feelings stay with the other one, too.


Peer Pressure May Not Work The Way We Think It Does

Friday, March 25, 2016

A new research study finds that students exposed to their very best peers became discouraged about their own abilities and performance โ€” and were more likely to drop out.


For Sports Bettors, The Thrill Isn't All In The Money

Friday, March 18, 2016

Research shows that bettors are drawn to certain games not because of financial motives but because they get enjoyment out of them.


Why A Group's Power Dynamics Interferes With Collaboration

Friday, March 11, 2016

Research finds that when you put powerful people together in a group, individuals tend to vie for the same level of authority and deference they receive outside the group.


How Does Sunshine Affect The Lottery?

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Social science research examines how the mood of gamblers can change the way they think about risk. New Yorkers buy more lottery tickets when the weather is good and when their sports teams win games.


How Does Gender Affect One's Willingness To Compete?

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

New research looks at how gender shapes competitions. Multiple strands of social science research suggest highly competitive settings are likely to dissuade qualified women from tossi...


Is There A Connection Between College Football Games And Risks For Rape?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Analysis explores the relationship among college football, binge drinking and sexual violence on campus. It suggests that reports of rape increase 41 percent on college football home games.


Don't Be A Stupid Cupid! Hear How Not To Buy A Selfish Valentine's Day Gift

Friday, February 12, 2016

Social scientists have been studying Valentine's Day gifts, and research shows: The more you love someone, the more likely you might be to give selfish gifts.


Research Explores Consequences Of Revealing Embarrassing Details

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Confessing embarrassing information is often better than withholding it. Research finds that people distrust withholders of details more than they dislike revealers of unsavory information.


Promoting Partisan Divide May Up Candidates' Donations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A political fundraising experiment reveals: Small donors are more likely to open their wallets for political campaigns when they're told other donors who support a rival candidate are being generous.


Social Science Research Examines The Generosity Of The Wealthy

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Self-made billionaires are bigger philanthropists than those who inherit their wealth, research says. That might explain why the self-made wealthy plan to donate much of their wealth to charity.


Researchers Probe Stereotype: Christians And Science Don't Get Along

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Do stereotypes about religious people undermine their performance in certain tests? Studies have found Christians tend to underperform non-Christians when it comes to tests of logical ability.


Hidden Factors In Your Brain Help To Shape Beliefs On Income Inequality

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

An experiment, conducted at bars in Kansas, suggests that hierarchical thinking comes more easily to people than egalitarian thinking. This may have implications for the topic of income inequality.