Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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 โ€” in close proximity to other scientists and inventors. A new analysis delves into whether this is still the case.


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.


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 โ€” it can take a long while for people who have been distracted to settle back into ...


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."