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Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Research Explores Consequences Of Revealing Embarrassing Details

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Confessing embarrassing information is often better than withholding it. Research finds that people distrust withholders of details more than they dislike revealers of unsavory information.

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Promoting Partisan Divide May Up Candidates' Donations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A political fundraising experiment reveals: Small donors are more likely to open their wallets for political campaigns when they're told other donors who support a rival candidate are being generous.

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Social Science Research Examines The Generosity Of The Wealthy

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Self-made billionaires are bigger philanthropists than those who inherit their wealth, research says. That might explain why the self-made wealthy plan to donate much of their wealth to charity.

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Researchers Probe Stereotype: Christians And Science Don't Get Along

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Do stereotypes about religious people undermine their performance in certain tests? Studies have found Christians tend to underperform non-Christians when it comes to tests of logical ability.

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Hidden Factors In Your Brain Help To Shape Beliefs On Income Inequality

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

An experiment, conducted at bars in Kansas, suggests that hierarchical thinking comes more easily to people than egalitarian thinking. This may have implications for the topic of income inequality.

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Can Psychology Teach Us How To Stick To New Year's Resolutions?

Friday, January 01, 2016

Research out of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania suggests that people see New Year's Day, their birthdays and even the start of a new month or week as "temporal landmarks" — an imaginary line demarcating the old "inferior" self from a new and improved version. That explains why we often fail at resolutions — our new selves are usually not much better than the old ones. But it also suggests how we might stick to our resolutions — use more temporal landmarks to reach our goals.

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How The Bias Known As Gambler's Fallacy Affects Our Lives

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The fallacy is that we are surprised when things that are supposed to vary a lot, come down one way a number of times. We feel the next case must break the pattern. In reality, there is no pattern.

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How Emotional Responses To Terrorism Shape Attitudes Toward Policies

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Scientists have been studying reactions to terrorist events, and how those reactions shape public policy. They found emotional response to terror attacks is often out of proportion to actual risk.

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Is Arguing With Passion The Most Effective Way To Persuade Opponents?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Our unconscious moral framework shapes how we make arguments. Research indicates that if you want to persuade people, you should frame your points using your opponents' moral framework.

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Encouraging TV Binge Watching May Backfire On Advertisers

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Research finds that viewers who binge watch are less engaged with ads than viewers who watch TV shows periodically. We explore the psychological reasons why binge watchers are less interested in ads.

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Terror Attacks Divide Muslims And Non-Muslims Living In The U.S.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, FBI hate crime data and census trends show that states with the strongest backlash against Muslims saw decreased rates of assimilation among Muslim immigrants in America.

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Being Labeled An Expert May Contribute To Someone Being Closed-Minded

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

People who are even temporarily given the feeling that they are experts become more rigid in their thinking, and become less likely to be willing to consider new points of view, according to research.

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The Psychological Dimension Behind Climate Negotiations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, researchers stress the importance of psychological research. Studies indicate countries could walk away from a deal even if it is in their best effort to agree.

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There's More To Wage Cuts Than Just Lost Pay

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Researchers find that wage cuts endured by workers whose peers do not have their wages cut are much more painful and detrimental to morale than wage cuts that are experienced by everyone on a team.

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Can Life Insurance Affect The Propensity To Commit Suicide?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Economists talk about moral hazards. When you protect people against risk you prevent bad things from happening. But something curious happens: Some start to take more risks because they feel safer.

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Researchers Examine How To Spot A Lying Politician

Friday, November 06, 2015

Can you tell anything about politicians' accuracy by analyzing how they speak? A new analysis finds that lying politicians tend to be more verbose.

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Candy For Your Vote, Kid? A Test Of Political Bribery

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NPR's Shankar Vedantam tells Steve Inskeep about a Halloween experiment to see whether children can be swayed to change their political preferences with candy.

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Do E-Signatures Change How People Think Of Documents?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

New research finds that e-signatures can potentially make people behave in more dishonest ways. It turns out people are less willing to lie and cheat when they handwrite and sign thei...

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Are Big Cities Still A Primary Engine For Scientific Innovation?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

For scientists, there have long been advantages to working in big cities — in close proximity to other scientists and inventors. A new analysis delves into whether this is still the case.

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Stereotype Threat: How Often Are Students Assigned Works By Female Authors?

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Analysis finds that four in five course readings in the field of international relations are written by men. Female professors are 36 percent more likely to offer readings that have female authors.

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