Shankar Vedantam

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New Study Explores Psychology Of Giving Wedding Gifts

Friday, June 24, 2016

A new study looks at the psychology of giving wedding gifts. Researchers found when buying wedding gifts, people closest to the recipient often diverge from the registry to express their unique relationship to the recipient. But this leaves the recipient less happy than if they had received something from the registry.


Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A new study looks at friendships in the workplace. Researchers found friendships do improve workers' job performance reviews but they also detract from performance — leading to emotional exhaustion.


Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.


How Student Debt Affects Personal Choices Of Young People

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Researchers examine the effects of student debt on the personal choices that young adults have to make. For example, decisions about whether to get married or when to have children.


How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved.


Women Held To Higher Ethical Standard Than Men, Study Shows

Thursday, June 02, 2016

In a new study on gender and ethics, researchers found women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.


Study: Judges Treat Juveniles Of The Same Race As Themselves More Harshly

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Researchers studying racial bias examined juvenile court cases between 1996 and 2012 and found judges are more likely to send juveniles of their own race to jail and for longer sentences.


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 — 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...