Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:
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?
Friday, July 18, 2014
Maybe we can learn from fish — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — prestige, status and image.
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
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.
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.
Friday, May 30, 2014
New research suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The "emotional grammar" of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.
Monday, May 19, 2014
The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the journal Social Psychology is trying a different approach.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Surgeons need rest days, weekends and vacations. But when they come back to work after a break, do they come back refreshed — or rusty?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Research found faculty in academic departments linked to more lucrative professions are more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty in fields linked to less lucrative jobs.
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.
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.
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.