Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam appears in the following:

Hidden Brain: A Study Of Airline Delays

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flight delays and late arrivals have gone down since 1990. At the same time, airlines have increased scheduled flight times because flights are taking longer, and more time is spent taxiing.


What's It Like To Be Rich? Ask The People Who Manage Billionaires' Money

Monday, February 19, 2018

Several years ago, sociologist Brooke Harrington decided to explore the secret lives of billionaires. What she found, she said, shocked her.


When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Marriage is hard — and there are signs it's become even harder in recent decades. We examine how long-term relationships have changed, and whether we might improve marriage by asking less of it.


Why #MeToo Happened In 2017

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Why did the #MeToo movement take off recently and not decades ago? The story of a playwright who was publicly accused of sexual misconduct in the 1990s and again in 2017 offers some clues.


The Psychological Forces Behind A Cultural Reckoning: Understanding #MeToo

Monday, February 05, 2018

What has changed in our minds and in our culture so that allegations of sexual harassment and assault are being taken so much more seriously than they were in prior decades?


Your Team Made It To The Super Bowl. Now Maybe It's Time For Flu Shot.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

A new study finds that counties with teams in the Super Bowl experienced significantly higher influenza deaths for people 65 and older compared to counties that didn't have a team that participated.


Hidden Brain: Researchers Delve Into Improving Concentration

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Can we improve concentration when our attention is constantly being diverted? Researchers found running electrical current through someone's head helps — but it isn't the most practical solution.


Hidden Brain: Great Recession Deaths

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Recessions are painful for a variety of reasons. A new study shows that during the Great Recession, mortality rates declined faster in areas where the unemployment rate grew faster.


The Haunting Effects Of Going Days Without Sleep

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Decades ago, Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days. He broke a record in the process, but the teenage stunt has come back to haunt him. At 71, he offers wisdom about staying up past your bedtime.


How Humans Use 'Strategic Ignorance' When Facts Get In The Way

Friday, December 22, 2017

Social science research explores how our minds push away information that gets in the way of our feelings and desires.


How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential

Monday, December 11, 2017

What is it that makes NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll be in the future.


Evaluating Personality Tests

Monday, December 11, 2017

A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing.


Evaluating Smoking Bans

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

A new study indicates that smoking bans, which were designed to affect adults' behavior, in fact improve children's health.


How Birth Order Relates To Job Success

Friday, December 01, 2017

New social science research explores the relationship between who becomes a CEO and family birth order. First-born sons are far more likely to be represented among the ranks of CEOs.


People Like People Who Ask Questions

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A new study says people who ask more questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.


Researchers Explore The Effects Of Section 8 Grants In Houston

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A study looks at the effect of housing vouchers on criminal activity. People who receive Section 8 vouchers are more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, but this effect only shows up for men.


Pavlovian Conditioning And Marriage

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A new study finds that people who looked at positive images of things like puppies next to a pictures of their spouses went on to have more positive feelings toward their spouses.


Study: CEOs Who Invest In Social Responsibility Initiatives Risk Their Jobs

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A new study shows that CEOs who invest in corporate social responsibility initiatives put themselves at significant risk of losing their jobs.


We're Not As Good At Remembering Faces As We Think We Are

Friday, October 27, 2017

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. Some of us are very good or bad at it, but in general we aren't as good as we think we are.


Bad-Mouthing Opponents Likely Spurs Them On To Win, Research Shows

Friday, October 20, 2017

Researchers say that trash-talking can motivate people to outperform their opponents. This happens for tasks that involve effort, but not creativity.