Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Health Experts Don't Always Sanitize Their Hands, Data Show

Monday, March 02, 2015

A massive analysis of hospital data finds doctors and nurses are not following guidelines on washing their hands before and after they come into contact with patients.

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How Peer Pressure May Encourage Tax Delinquents To Pay Up

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A field experiment in Kentucky, Kansas and Wisconsin finds that shaming tax cheats is a more effective way to get scofflaws to pay up rather than threatening them with fines.


In What Do We Trust?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam examines who or what we decide to trust - algorithms, humans or evidence?                       

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Angry Tweets Predict Patterns Of Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Can tweets be analyzed to predict heart disease? New research suggests the answer is yes.


Examining The Entourage Effect

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.


How Removing Checkpoints Could Make Israelis More Secure

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Social scientists recently analyzed the effects of removing Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. They found it markedly reduced anti-Israel sentiment, and actual acts of violence against Israel.


The Psychology Behind Why Some Kids Go Unvaccinated

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

As the country grapples with a growing outbreak of measles, we delve into what works and what doesn't — and what might get people to vaccinate their kids.

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Companies Wanting Immediate Sales Should Pass On Super Bowl Ads

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?


Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Friday, January 23, 2015

Research finds the systematic elimination of losing coaches by NFL teams generally leads to weaker performance among those teams in the following few years.


Why Our Feelings Toward Some African-Americans Change On MLK Day

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Martin Luther King Day honors a great African-American leader — so you might think it's a day many Americans would also honor prominent African-Americans in our lives today. But you'd be wrong.


The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Falling gasoline prices are a benefit to motorists — but those lower prices come with a hidden cost: increased traffic fatalities.

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Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?


Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.


What Is Torture? Our Beliefs Depend In Part On Who's Doing It.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Researchers are studying how nations and individuals react when they given information that members of their own group have harmed other people, such as through torture. It takes some nimble thinking.


Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An experiment in Chicago randomly assigned train and bus riders to either talk to the stranger next to them or commute quietly. The result? Even for introverts, silence leaves you sadder.


Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.


How Real Estate Markets May Affect The Birth Rate

Monday, November 24, 2014

Research indicates the rise and fall of real estate prices seems to shape the decision among homeowners on whether to have children.


Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?


Sierra Leone Colleagues Mourn Dr. Salia, Who Succumbed To Ebola

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dr. Martin Salia died at a hospital in Omaha, Neb., after being evacuated from Sierra Leone, where he worked as a surgeon in several hospitals. Mourners gathered at a hospital where he worked.


Study Shows Long-Term Benefits Of Welfare Program

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Data from the Mothers Pension Program, launched at the turn of the 20th century, finds benefits on education, income and longevity. It's the first to document benefits over the span of a century.