Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

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.


Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

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?


Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

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.


The Unintended Consequences Of A Program Designed To Help Homeowners

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.


Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

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.


Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

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.


New Research Finds Lonely People Have Superior Social Skills

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.


Examining Race-Based Admissions Bans On Medical Schools

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.


Disagreeable Teens Fail To Understand Their Blind Spots, Research Reveals

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.


Having An Older Sister Can Change Siblings' Lives, Study Finds

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.


Retailers Use Time To Their Advantage; More Impulse Products Sold

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.


Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

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.


Many NFL Players Make Abysmal Financial Decisions, Research Shows

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.


Researchers Link Feelings Of Disgust And Ethical Behavior

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.


Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

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.


How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

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.


How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

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.


What Might Make Young People Practice Safe Sex? Lottery Tickets!

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.


Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective

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.


Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

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.