Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement

Monday, November 20, 2017

From the time of Columbus until the 1900s, as many as five million Native Americans were enslaved. This week, we explore that history, and the psychological reasons it stayed hidden in plain sight.


Radio Replay: Crime As A Disease

Friday, November 17, 2017

Violent crime is usually a matter of public safety. But some researchers say it's also a public health issue, because crime can spread like a disease and change the behavior of entire communities.


Researchers Explore The Effects Of Section 8 Grants In Houston

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A study looks at the effect of housing vouchers on criminal activity. People who receive Section 8 vouchers are more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, but this effect only shows up for men.


The "Swiss Army Knife" Of Health: A Good Night's Sleep

Monday, November 13, 2017

The average American adult gets about six hours of sleep a night. Neuroscientist Matthew Walker is on a mission to bring that number up to eight.


Pavlovian Conditioning And Marriage

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A new study finds that people who looked at positive images of things like puppies next to a pictures of their spouses went on to have more positive feelings toward their spouses.


Study: CEOs Who Invest In Social Responsibility Initiatives Risk Their Jobs

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A new study shows that CEOs who invest in corporate social responsibility initiatives put themselves at significant risk of losing their jobs.


We're Not As Good At Remembering Faces As We Think We Are

Friday, October 27, 2017

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. Some of us are very good or bad at it, but in general we aren't as good as we think we are.


Bad-Mouthing Opponents Likely Spurs Them On To Win, Research Shows

Friday, October 20, 2017

Researchers say that trash-talking can motivate people to outperform their opponents. This happens for tasks that involve effort, but not creativity.


Researchers Explore Pornography's Effect On Long-Term Relationships

Monday, October 09, 2017

Married men and women who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not, researchers say. Porn is a driver in making relationships worse, increasing the divorce risk.


Classifying Attacks: Mental Illness Or Terrorism?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

New research explores our tendency to label mass shooters as either mentally ill or as terrorists, based on whether they are Muslim or not.


The Pitfalls Of Social Media Advertising

Friday, September 29, 2017

Many companies are investing money in social media to advertise new products. But they could be paying a hidden price for those ads.


Powerful Storms Make For Compelling Stories, But Can Cause Mental Health Stress

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Shankar Vedantam, host of NPR's Hidden Brain podcast about how witnessing traumatic events — even from a great distance — can affect mental health.


Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Thursday, September 21, 2017

South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.


How The Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An analysis of Seattle restaurants shows that as the city dramatically raised the minimum wage for restaurant employees and other workers, restaurants responded by lowering hygiene standards.


Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech

Friday, September 08, 2017

Some new research says that many people use free speech arguments only when convenient, and as a cover for their own feelings.


You 2.0: How To Build A Better Job

Monday, July 31, 2017

Finding a new job may be the solution to your woes at work. But there may also be other ways to get more out of your daily grind.


You 2.0: The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Every time you give in to the buzzing notifications of our phone or computer, you pay a price: little by little, you lose your ability to focus.


Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A new study shows a connection between cigarette taxes and food stamps. When cigarette taxes go up, smokers end up spending more of their income on cigarettes and that leaves less money for food.


Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whether people consume news in a social setting or alone can affect how likely they are to fact-check. Research suggests people let their guard down when they're in groups and become less skeptical.


Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Monday, July 17, 2017

According to research, between 10 and 40% of kids who intend to go to college at high school graduation don't show up in the fall. This phenomenon, known as "summer melt," has puzzled universities.