Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Despite Improving Job Market, Blacks Still Face Tougher Prospects

Thursday, October 01, 2015

New social science research explores why the unemployment rate for blacks is persistently worse than the unemployment rate for whites.


The Thrill Of (Near) Victory

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gamblers like to win but. But research shows they also get a thrill by simply getting close to a win. A look at the science of near misses.


How Poker Player Annie Duke Used Gender Stereotypes To Win Matches

Monday, September 28, 2015

Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her - and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also be an advantage.


Hidden Brain: What's The Source Of Success In Sports?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

When the same athletes succeed over and over at a sport, is it because they are simply more talented than everyone else, or is it because "nothing succeeds like success"?


The Cost Of Interruptions: They Waste More Time Than You Think

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Interruptions are ubiquitous and annoying. Studies indicate that getting interrupted is also costly — it can take a long while for people who have been distracted to settle back into tasks. Now, new research explores whether there is a cure.


The Hidden Brain: How Miscommunications Happen

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Most people assume they will be better understood by close friends or their partners than by strangers. Most people are wrong.


'A Street Divided' Explores The History Of An Arab-Israeli No Man's Land

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Renee Montagne talks with Dion Nissenbaum, whose book tells the stories of Israeli and Palestinian families on Assael Street, a political and religious fault line in Jerusalem since 1948.


The Economics Of Happiness And A Country's Income Inequality

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

For many years people have puzzled over why countries that get richer don't seem to get happier. Now, researchers have an answer.


Can Grocery Carts Steer Consumers To Healthier Purchases?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies. (This piece initially aired on May 26, 2015 on Morning Edition.)


Why Are Women Less Likely To Become Entrepreneurs Than Men?

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Analysis finds women are less likely to be arrogant about mistakes and more likely to be humble about their achievements. Men are more likely to disregard market signals that their ideas are flawed.


Hard Evidence: Teachers' Unconscious Biases Contribute To Gender Disparity

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Girls often outperform boys in science and math at an early age but are less likely to choose tough courses in high school. An Israeli experiment demonstrates how biases of teachers affect students.


Scientific Findings Often Fail To Be Replicated, Researchers Say

Friday, August 28, 2015

A massive effort to test the validity of 100 psychology experiments finds that more than 50 percent of the studies fail to replicate. This is based on a new study published in the journal "Science."


Social Scientists Develop Profile To Spot Likely Tax Evaders

Friday, August 21, 2015

Research indicates companies with owners from countries that have been shown to have higher levels of corruption are more likely to evade taxes in the United States.


Can Reusable Bags At The Grocery Store Change What People Buy?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Consumers who prefer reusable bags tend to buy more organic food. Researchers say that makes sense, given that the bags suggest a concern for the environment. But they also buy more junk food.


Matchmakers Are Happier Than Non-Matchmakers, Research Shows

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why do people like to play matchmaker? New research finds that matchmaking produces happiness and, the more unlikely the match, the greater the happiness for the matchmaker.


How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.


Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Friday, July 31, 2015

People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. What happened next?


Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Researchers examined the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. The first company isn't necessarily the best.


The Unintended Consequences Of A Program Designed To Help Homeowners

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Maryland program designed to help struggling homeowners ended up contributing to foreclosures in some cases. Researchers say it's an example of unintended consequences of some government policies.


Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.