Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

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.


Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A new study looks at friendships in the workplace. Researchers found friendships do improve workers' job performance reviews but they also detract from performance โ€” leading to emotional exhaustion.


Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.


How Student Debt Affects Personal Choices Of Young People

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Researchers examine the effects of student debt on the personal choices that young adults have to make. For example, decisions about whether to get married or when to have children.


How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved.


Women Held To Higher Ethical Standard Than Men, Study Shows

Thursday, June 02, 2016

In a new study on gender and ethics, researchers found women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.


Study: Judges Treat Juveniles Of The Same Race As Themselves More Harshly

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Researchers studying racial bias examined juvenile court cases between 1996 and 2012 and found judges are more likely to send juveniles of their own race to jail and for longer sentences.


How Obamacare Affects Our Wallets And Debt Ratio

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A study examined the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act. Researchers found states that opted to expand Medicaid through Obamacare had residents with fewer unpaid bills and less debt overall.


Does The Placebo Effect Influence Consumer Product Purchases?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Novices play better golf when they have expensive brand name equipment, research shows. Brand name products alleviate some performance anxiety but brands have no effect on better players.


The Health Benefits Of Dancing Go Beyond Exercise And Stress Reducer

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

What are the health implications of dancing? New social science research shows that dancing in synchrony with others increases people's threshold for dealing with pain.


Ashley Madison Hack Inspires Social Scientists To Look Behind The Names

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A leak of names from one of the world's most famous "adultery" sites, Ashley Madison, got social scientists thinking. They've recently tried to see if people who like to cheat in their marriages also have a propensity to cheat at work.


How Being Busy Affects Our Motivation

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

There's an old saying: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Researchers find that busy people are more motivated to complete tasks after missing a deadline than their non-busy peers.


#AirbnbWhileBlack: How Hidden Bias Shapes The Sharing Economy

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The sharing economy is making online transactions far more personal, which can lead to some unintended consequences.


What Does Time Perception Have To Do With Racial Disparities?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Research shows that our biases can actually skew our perception of time. For police officers, this means some are at a greater risk for shooting unarmed black men.