Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

The Gender Wage Gap In The Arts

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

New social science research shows that women in the arts earn significantly less than men across the board.


A Stabbing, A Possible Ebola Outbreak, And A 'Time Bomb'

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

In Liberia, a team of epidemiologists have to delay a criminal investigation, look the other way on illegal drug use and build trust to stop an outbreak of Ebola.


What Food Stamps And Drunk Driving Stats Have To Do With Each Other

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Researchers have discovered that there are fewer drunk driving fatalities on days of the month when millions of Americans receive food stamps. Figures show the deaths go down significantly.


In Praise Of Mess: Why Disorder May Be Good For Us

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

To many of us, the desire to bring order to chaos can be irresistible. But writer Tim Harford thinks many of us could use a bit more messiness in our lives.


Researchers Explore The Struggle Of Recognizing Faces

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. But why are some of us so good or bad at it, and how skilled at it are we on average? The answers might surprise you.


Senior Citizens Study: How Money Makes For Better Brain Functioning

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Research indicates that people who got more in social security payments — as a result of a congressional formula glitch in the 1970s — appear to have lower risks of developing Alzheimer's disease.


Some People Are Great At Recognizing Faces. Others...Not So Much

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It happens to all of us: Someone recognizes you on the street, calls you by name, and says hello. And you have no idea who that person is. Researchers say this struggle to read other faces is common.


Feelings Toward A Partner Affect Brand Buying Decisions, Study Says

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Here's news that could be of interest to marketers: Research shows people frustrated in a relationship sometimes deal with their feelings by buying and consuming brands their partners hate.


How 'Broken Windows' Helped Shape Tensions Between Police And Communities

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

As the mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani was a proponent of a controversial policing philosophy that calls for police to go after small crimes in hopes of preventing bigger problems.


What Happened? How Pollsters, Pundits And Politics Got It Wrong

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pollsters across the ideological spectrum predicted Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election. They got it wrong. But one man did not: historian Allan Lichtman.


How Contestants' Social Security Numbers Could Affect 'Jeopardy' Wagers

Friday, November 11, 2016

Researchers have found an unconscious bias in the way contestants play the game show Jeopardy.


How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Decades ago, researchers introduced a new theory of policing. It's called "broken windows" and is seen by many as a cure-all for crime. But the idea is often used in ways its creators never intended.


The Social Science Research Behind Political Campaign Ads

Friday, October 28, 2016

U.S. presidential candidates advertise in battleground states to increase voter turnout. But a new study says ads also have a big impact on campaign contributions.


'Double Bind' Explains The Dearth Of Women In Top Leadership Positions

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Women in power often have to choose between being seen as likeable but incompetent, or competent but cold. We explore what's known as "double bind" — assumptions about men, women and leadership.


What's It Like To Be Rich? Ask The People Who Manage Billionaires' Money

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Several years ago, sociologist Brooke Harrington decided to explore the secret lives of billionaires. What she found, she said, shocked her.


Why Does This Election Have Us So Down? Social Science May Have An Answer

Sunday, October 23, 2016

U.S. politics have long been marked by disagreement and even rancor. But 2016 feels worse than usual. NPR's Hidden Brain podcast offers one explanation why, from deep in our psychological frameworks.


Study: Immigrants Face Backlash But Do The Same To The Next Group

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Many immigrant groups faced prejudice and suspicion when they first arrived in the U.S. quickly turn around and exhibit the same kinds of prejudice and suspicions toward those who come after them.


Too Sweet, Or Too Shrill? The Double Bind For Women

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A century after women won the vote in the U.S., we still see very few of them in leadership roles. Researchers say women are trapped in a catch-22 known as "the double bind."


Research Explores The Effects Of Trade And Economic Disruption

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Economic disruption has been a big part of the political conversation. Free trade might be a net benefit to the U.S., but there are large areas of the country that bear the brunt of negative effects.


The Huddled Masses And The Myth Of America

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. But historian Maria Cristina Garcia says many of us have lots of misconceptions about earlier waves of newcomers.