Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Research Explains The Bias Behind Slow-Motion Video Replay

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When we see someone perform an action in a slow-motion replay, we tend to believe the action had more intentionality behind it. This has implications in sports and in the criminal justice system.


Magic, or Math? The Appeal of Coincidences, and The Reality

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This week on Hidden Brain: coincidences. Why they're not quite as magical as they seem, and the psychological reasons we can't help but search for meaning in them anyway.


Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Research collaborations often involve scientists from all over the world. A new study looks at plane ticket prices, and how they relate to the direction of science.


How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

Friday, September 16, 2016

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.


When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam explores how unconscious ideas about the family shape the way we think about politics.


Social Science Researchers Explore 'Unethical Amnesia'

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Researchers find that one reason some people cheat over and over again is because we all tend to suffer from "unethical amnesia" — our minds are prone to forgetting the bad stuff we've done.


Want To Make Better Predictions? Researchers Explore How

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Analyzing an event by breaking it down into details might seem like a good way to predict the outcome, but social science research suggests that when most of us do it, we make worse predictions.


Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Despite being aware that the background music on a documentary about sharks was manipulating them, viewers found they were unable to keep the music from producing a sense of upliftment or of menace.


Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

During an experiment, people consented to sharing their private information with the NSA, and to surrendering their first-born as payment for access to a fictitious social networking site.


Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

Friday, August 19, 2016

Researchers find that long waiting times for surgery are not associated with worse health outcomes for patients. The study involved patients waiting for surgery in England.


Why High-Income Households Benefit More From Product Innovations

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Stanford University researcher finds that products purchased mainly by poor people were increasing in price much more quickly than those purchased by the wealthy.


Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Teens showed an image that was deemed to have lots of "likes" tended to also like the image. Seeing popular pictures also produced greater activation in the reward centers of the brain.


How A Child's Gender May Affect Parents' Willingness To Bend The Truth

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

An experiment found that parents cheated at a game less when their kids were present, but gender made a big difference: The parents modeled honest behavior more with daughters than with sons.


Why The First Name On The Ballot Often Wins

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Presidential elections draw lots of attention, but voters also have to make lots of less familiar choices. The order in which their names are listed on the ballot can help candidates, a study shows.


'Ban The Box' Laws,' Do They Help Job Applicants With Criminal Histories?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

To help ex-felons land jobs, many states have enacted a law that prevents employers from asking applicants to check a box to reveal criminal history. But these laws may not have the intended effect.


Study Explores Links Between Politics And Racial Bias

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new study looks at the link between racial bias and the Tea Party. Researchers found that people who looked at images of Barack Obama that were edited to make his skin look darker were more likely to express support for the Tea Party.


Research: Black Judges Are Reversed On Appeal More Than White Judges

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

President Obama has tried to diversify the federal judiciary by appointing more black judges. Data show black federal district judges are overturned on appeal 10 percent more often than white judges.


Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nearly one quarter of all Americans reach for a bottle of Tylenol every week to take the edge off a headache, fever or toothache. Experiments suggest it might also have another effect on you.


Researchers Examine Family Income And Children's Non-Cognitive Skills

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Barbara Wolfe and Jason Fletcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found children from lower income families have lower non-cognitive skills than children from richer families.


New Study Explores Psychology Of Giving Wedding Gifts

Friday, June 24, 2016

A new study looks at the psychology of giving wedding gifts. Researchers found when buying wedding gifts, people closest to the recipient often diverge from the registry to express their unique relationship to the recipient. But this leaves the recipient less happy than if they had received something from the registry.