Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.