Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.
Friday, July 31, 2015
People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. What happened next?
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Researchers examined the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. The first company isn't necessarily the best.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A Maryland program designed to help struggling homeowners ended up contributing to foreclosures in some cases. Researchers say it's an example of unintended consequences of some government policies.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp by tourists tend to be significantly more lenient than reviews by locals. Reviews written a long time after the reviewer visits the restaurant are similarly lenient.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Intuitively, many of us might think lonely people are lonely because they have poor social skills. New research turns this thinking on its head and offers a potential cure for loneliness.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Researchers explored the effects of black and Latino graduation rates from medical school, following a ban on race conscious admissions policies in several states.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Disagreeable teens tend to grow up into disagreeable adults. A 10-year study finds that disagreeable teens often have no awareness that their behavior is harming their relationships.
Monday, June 15, 2015
According to the research: men who have older sisters, on average, are less competitive than men who don't. And women who have older sisters, are more competitive than women who do not.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Retailers have learned that the more time consumers spend in a store, the more likely they'll make impulse purchases. Stores are adapting the "shopping experience" accordingly.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Researchers studying the effects of marijuana faced an obstacle: they couldn't create an exact control group. But a change in drug laws in the Netherlands offered a perfect laboratory.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
New research suggests many NFL players struggle with money over their lifetimes, and a staggering number of them go bankrupt. Making a lot of money as a player does not seem to offer much protection.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Research finds that people respond to feelings of disgust by trying to protect themselves from it — and this can quickly translate into self-interested behavior and cheating.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
To increase the number of organ donors in the U.S., psychologists have advocated for changes to how we ask people to donate. In California, officials tried something new — but it may have backfired.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Eating healthy is easier said than done. Same with buying healthy food. Research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies.
Monday, May 18, 2015
An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Researchers working in Lesotho found that offering lottery tickets to volunteers who test negative for sexually transmitted infections is a powerful motivator for safe sex.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
As California's drought draws national headlines, we look at what a psychology-minded engineer has discovered when it comes to conserving water at home.
Friday, May 01, 2015
New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.