Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Does Studying Economics Make You Selfish?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Social science research finds that students who are taught classical economics about how humans act in their rational self-interest, become more likely to act selfishly after learning those lessons.

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On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.

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Researchers Examine Race Factor In Car Crashes Involving Pedestrians

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cars are less likely to stop when people of color step into intersections, a study says. That may partly explain why there are higher levels of pedestrian deaths among racial minority communities.

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Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules of Sex on College Campuses

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Research suggests that college students are not having more sex than their parents were a generation ago. But sociologist Lisa Wade says the culture around sex has changed dramatically.

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How Biases Affect Stock Analyst Predictions

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Research shows that financial analysts have biases in things like gender and names when it comes to evaluating companies.

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Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

J. Marion Sims is remembered as the father of modern gynecology. Forgotten are the mothers of that medical specialty — the enslaved women whose bodies were used for the advancement of his research.

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Why Eating The Same Food Increases People's Trust And Cooperation

Thursday, February 02, 2017

All over the world, people say they make friends by "breaking bread together." Social science research explores why sitting down to eat together makes people feel closer.

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Fortress America: What We Can — And Can't — Learn From History

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

President Trump's executive order on refugees left travelers stranded at airports worldwide. To some, the scenes evoked images of Jewish refugees during World War II. We investigate the parallels.

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Research Examines The Effects Of Gender On Stated Ambition

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A study finds single women are much less likely to express career ambitions compared to married women or men. Researchers believe they don't want to undermine their appeal in the dating market.

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Strangers in Their Own Land: The 'Deep Story' of Trump Supporters

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Millions of Americans seem to ignore their own interests when it comes to how they vote. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild thinks we might be turning to politics to meet emotional needs, not economic ones.

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Coronations, Coups, And Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's in our nature to idolize the rich and famous. But this week on Hidden Brain, we explore the other side of our nature: the part of us that wants to see the rich and powerful fall from grace.

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Researchers Unravel Strange And Contradictory Feelings About Power

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's inauguration season in Washington, D.C. Many of us revel in the pomp and circumstance — yet we have another side to our psychology that enjoys seeing the powerful fall from grace.

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Humans Worry About Self-Driving Cars. Maybe It Should Be The Reverse

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Self-driving cars will perform rationally. For example: stop when someone is in their way. Research suggests humans will take advantage, and step into an intersection when they know they shouldn't.

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How Silicon Valley Can Help You Get Unstuck

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Many of us feel stuck at one point or another: in the wrong city, the wrong job, or the wrong relationship. Self help gurus have offered lots of advice — but here's a new idea, from the tech world.

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Design Thinking Could Help Those Who Want To Get Unstuck

Monday, January 02, 2017

Psychologists and self help gurus have advice for people who feel stuck. If you're looking for new ways to reboot your life as you enter the new year, you could also turn to the tech world.

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How Do You Keep From Getting Bored? Researchers Have An Answer

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Social science research suggests that boredom, or satiety, has a lot to do with the mind. When we imagine variety in the future, it turns out we can tolerate a lot more boredom in the present.

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Twist Of Fate Leads Musical Prodigy To Pursue Social Sciences

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Maya Shankar was on her way to being an accomplished concert violinist, but a twist of fate led her to the social sciences instead.

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Researchers Examine Whether First Impressions Are Lasting

Thursday, December 22, 2016

When you look at a photograph of someone, researchers say it's remarkably difficult to dislodge that first impression — even after we have had a chance to meet the person we initially saw in a photo.

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A Gang Killed A Guy With Ebola. Will They Agree To Be Quarantined?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

In 2015, health workers in Liberia faced a challenge. They had to figure out how to quarantine a street gang that could be spreading Ebola at the height of the epidemic.

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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.

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