Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies.


Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.


Why People Exaggerate Religious Behavior

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Social scientists have learned you can't always believe what people tell you. An analysis of 3 places in the Muslim world examines whether peoples' reports of religious behavior match what they do.


Why Men Outnumber Women Attending Business Schools

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

New research explores gender disparities in business school enrollment by the different ways men and women appear to process ethical compromise.


Air Force Academy Squadrons Test Peer-Effect Assumptions

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Parents and educators have assumed that peers matter. An unusual social engineering experiment tried to apply what's known about peer effects to the real world.


Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

Friday, March 21, 2014

As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.


Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To Aggression

Monday, March 10, 2014

Can a behavioral economics theory explain military standoffs such as the one in Crimea? Research on military conflicts shows that weakness, not strength, often leads to aggression.


When It Comes To Vaccines, Science Can Run Into A Brick Wall

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The public health community has been trying for years to debunk the spurious connection people have been making between vaccines and autism. Have the messages been backfiring?


Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By Underrating

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The American Bar Association ranks nominees to the federal bench, with low rankings making confirmation difficult. A new study finds that these rankings systematically underrate women and minorities.


Why We Miss Creative Ideas That Are Right Under Our Noses

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In crowdsourcing, a big challenge is not with coming up with creative ideas, but identifying creative ideas. A bias makes us bad at spotting creative ideas when they come from those working around us.


Examining Flip Side Of A Firm's Social Responsibility Record

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Companies often practice image management. That is, after being caught doing something bad, they invest in philanthropic projects. Research is asking whether companies that do good are ever motivated to "cash in" on their good credit?


Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them)

Monday, November 11, 2013

It takes more than a decisive vision to solve intractable world problems, says Harvard leadership expert Ronald Heifetz. Instead, he advises his students — including budding heads-of-state — to think less like surgeons and more like psychiatrists.


Why Do People Agree To Work In Boring Jobs?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

In the essay "The Myth of Sisyphus," philosopher Albert Camus — who would have turned 100 on Thursday — explored the nature of boring work. There's new psychological research into why people end up in boring jobs.


Study Sheds Light On Criminal Activity During Time Change

Monday, November 04, 2013

Over the weekend, most areas of the U.S. observed Daylight Saving Time. The clocks were turned back one hour, and an hour of daylight was moved from the evening to the morning. New research indicates the time change has a big downside: an apparent increase in crimes.


Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.


Why We Care More About Losses Than Gains

Friday, October 25, 2013

People care more about losing a dollar than gaining a dollar. This ideal, known as loss aversion, has national consequences, too, according to new research. David Greene discusses the phenomenon with NPR's Shankar Vedantam.


It's OK To Protest In China, Just Don't March

Monday, September 09, 2013

China runs the largest censorship machine in human history, researchers say. But Harvard studies of Internet postings in China suggest that even vitriolic criticisms of leaders and state policies are not what officials want to censor.


As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A UCLA researcher says science shows that as people earn more money, they become more individualistic and less community oriented. As a result, they seem to donate less of their time and money, proportionally, than poorer people.


Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

Friday, August 30, 2013

Many obstetricians make more money for C-sections than for vaginal deliveries. In a recent study, these doctors were more likely to perform the costly procedure than doctors paid a flat salary. But when the pregnant women were also physicians, doctors seemed less swayed by financial incentives.


Can Your Car Make You An Unethical Driver?

Friday, August 23, 2013

New research suggests the size of your car effects how you drive. If you have a big car, studies show you may be more likely to break the law. It has to do with posture and how powerful you feel.