Shankar Vedantam

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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.


Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes people less likely to give.


Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Monday, October 27, 2014

New research suggests umpires are hesitant to make calls that change the course of the game, especially in games with high stakes.


Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands.


What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

Monday, October 13, 2014

To test subtle biases, researchers sent state legislators identical emails about voting requirements. Some emails came from a man with a "Latino" name, and others from an "Anglo" name.


Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

Thursday, October 09, 2014

New research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are concentrated among a tiny network. Tracing that network might lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims.


Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.


Why Some Federal Agencies Panic This Time Of Year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Analysis finds that federal agencies green-light projects in late September to fund them before the fiscal year expires. And quality suffers, compared with projects approved at other times of year.


The Poor Don't Always Benefit From Democracy, Mortality Rates Show

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is Democracy a key to better levels of health in a country? That's long been the belief, but we hear about some research that shows that isn't always the case.


Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Monday, September 15, 2014

We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.


Economy, Social Isolation May Be Driving Up Suicide Rates In Boomer Men

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suicide rates among middle-aged men in America have shown a sudden, distressing increase in the last decade.


This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.


Tennis Trend? Many Top Players Are Older Than 30

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Over the last decade, the average age of the top 100 tennis players has steadily increased. We look at why players over 30 are likely to be strongly represented in the upcoming U.S. Open.