Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?


When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.


When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.


Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.


20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.


Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.


How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Friday, June 20, 2014

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime


More Americans Than You Might Think Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Research from the University of Chicago indicates that at least 50 percent of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory.


Research: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms With Female Names

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A new analysis suggests unconscious sexism causes people to take hurricanes with female names less seriously than hurricanes with male names.

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What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It

Friday, May 30, 2014

New research suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The "emotional grammar" of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.


Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters.


Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.


Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings

Monday, May 19, 2014

The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the journal Social Psychology is trying a different approach.


More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why.


Study: Time Away Can Hurt Surgeons' Job Performance

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Surgeons need rest days, weekends and vacations. But when they come back to work after a break, do they come back refreshed — or rusty?


Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Research found faculty in academic departments linked to more lucrative professions are more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty in fields linked to less lucrative jobs.

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Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies.


Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.


Why People Exaggerate Religious Behavior

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Social scientists have learned you can't always believe what people tell you. An analysis of 3 places in the Muslim world examines whether peoples' reports of religious behavior match what they do.