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Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Monday, September 15, 2014

We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.

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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

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Economy, Social Isolation May Be Driving Up Suicide Rates In Boomer Men

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suicide rates among middle-aged men in America have shown a sudden, distressing increase in the last decade.

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Tennis Trend? Many Top Players Are Older Than 30

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Over the last decade, the average age of the top 100 tennis players has steadily increased. We look at why players over 30 are likely to be strongly represented in the upcoming U.S. Open.

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Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scholars have long tried to understand how culture affects communities. New research argues that the parking behavior of drivers may tell us something about the economic productivity of nations.

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How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

Monday, August 18, 2014

An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.

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How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?

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Are Terminal Illness Decisions Affected By Negative Stereotypes?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Millions of people around the world face difficult choices at the end of their lives. Researchers delved into whether stereotypes affect medical decisions when it comes to terminal illness.

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Employers Forced To Judge Job Candidates' Career Trajectory

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Analysis of freelance jobs suggests employers are conservative when it comes to hiring, and dislike candidates who have done a lot of different things.

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Monday, July 28, 2014

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?

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When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maybe we can learn from fish โ€” they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

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When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.

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Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.

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20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.

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Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.

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How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value โ€” prestige, status and image.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Friday, June 20, 2014

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime

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More Americans Than You Might Think Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Research from the University of Chicago indicates that at least 50 percent of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory.

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Research: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms With Female Names

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A new analysis suggests unconscious sexism causes people to take hurricanes with female names less seriously than hurricanes with male names.

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