Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The sharing economy is making online transactions far more personal, which can lead to some unintended consequences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 01, 2016
Research out of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania suggests that people see New Year's Day, their birthdays and even the start of a new month or week as "temporal la...
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The fallacy is that we are surprised when things that are supposed to vary a lot, come down one way a number of times. We feel the next case must break the pattern. In reality, there is no pattern.