Shankar Vedantam http://publicradioeast.org en Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate http://publicradioeast.org/post/some-parole-requirements-could-be-increasing-crime-rate 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. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 45811 at http://publicradioeast.org 20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology http://publicradioeast.org/post/20-thoughts-facebooks-news-feed-experiment-apology <em>Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327797143/facebooks-sandberg-apologizes-for-newsfeed-experiment">has apologized</a><em> over an experiment that manipulated more than 600,000 users' news feeds in 2012. Are we upset at the findings of the study, or upset that the study was done without our consent? Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 45447 at http://publicradioeast.org 20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence http://publicradioeast.org/post/safety-feature-pedestrians-has-undesired-consequence New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 45284 at http://publicradioeast.org How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-sell-green-products-self-regarding-consumer Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>When consumers think about green products, they often face a dilemma - that car that uses less gasoline or a more efficient refrigerator tends to cost more. Buyers have to choose whether money is more important to them than public good. Now new research shows there might be a way to boost interest in these products, at least among a core group of consumers. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to talk with us about that. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 44900 at http://publicradioeast.org 6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War http://publicradioeast.org/post/6-decades-research-examines-prisoners-war Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The Taliban's recent release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has prompted a firestorm of political debate. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after he wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan. Some have rushed to brand him a deserter and a traitor. Other,s including his friends and family, have rushed to his defense. Today we step away from that debate to look at what we've learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 44430 at http://publicradioeast.org More Americans Than You Might Think Believe In Conspiracy Theories http://publicradioeast.org/post/more-americans-you-might-think-believe-conspiracy-theories Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam, drops by with juicy new research. He's here with us again. Shankar, what's on your mind?<p>SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: I want to talk about conspiracy theories today, David. And this is everything from whether the U.S. government was secretly behind the 9/11 attacks to whether President Obama was actually born in the United States. What proportion of the U.S population would you say subscribes to one of these theories?<p>GREENE: Ten, 15 percent, maybe? Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 43090 at http://publicradioeast.org Research: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms With Female Names http://publicradioeast.org/post/research-americans-less-fearful-storms-female-names A new analysis suggests unconscious sexism causes people to take hurricanes with female names less seriously than hurricanes with male names. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 42996 at http://publicradioeast.org What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It http://publicradioeast.org/post/whats-grunt-or-sigh-or-sob-depends-where-you-hear-it Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Hear a laugh, you know someone's happy. Hear a sob, you know someone is sad. Or are they? It's been thought that no matter where you live in the world, people express emotions using the same repertoire of sounds. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 42769 at http://publicradioeast.org Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions http://publicradioeast.org/post/research-children-judges-may-influence-court-decisions 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. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 42513 at http://publicradioeast.org Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot http://publicradioeast.org/post/mating-rituals-why-certain-risky-behaviors-can-make-you-look-hot 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. Wed, 21 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 41916 at http://publicradioeast.org Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-reporting-scientific-research-may-warp-findings Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Next we're going to report on scientific research, in particular on the way that reporting on scientific research might actually warp the findings. Scientists face pressure to publish new discoveries, which in turn might influence what they study, and that, of course, is not necessarily a good thing. There's work being published today that's part of an effort to fix this problem. Mon, 19 May 2014 10:36:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 41728 at http://publicradioeast.org More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages http://publicradioeast.org/post/more-parental-attention-may-give-first-born-kids-advantages 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. Tue, 13 May 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 41225 at http://publicradioeast.org Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring http://publicradioeast.org/post/evidence-racial-gender-biases-found-faculty-mentoring 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. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 39498 at http://publicradioeast.org Air Force Academy Squadrons Test Peer-Effect Assumptions http://publicradioeast.org/post/air-force-academy-squadrons-test-peer-effect-assumptions Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Parents and educators have long assumed that peers matter. If you are at a high school or college where you are surrounded by serious students, you're more likely to take your studies seriously. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 37336 at http://publicradioeast.org Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? http://publicradioeast.org/post/does-diversity-research-team-improve-quality-science As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 36967 at http://publicradioeast.org Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To Aggression http://publicradioeast.org/post/military-conflict-decisions-why-weakness-leads-aggression Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>From Syria to Afghanistan, to Russia and Ukraine, the United States finds itself confronting some major foreign policy challenges. There are old rivalries and new one testing the limits of the United States.<p>NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam regularly joins us to talk about matters related to individual and organizational behavior, but today, he's found some new research that's relevant to the way we think about foreign conflicts and he's in our studios. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 36046 at http://publicradioeast.org Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By Underrating http://publicradioeast.org/post/minority-aspirants-federal-bench-are-hindered-underrating Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. When a president taps someone to become a federal judge, the American Bar Association reviews and rates the nominee. That rating shapes whether the president's pick is confirmed by the Senate. Now, new analysis claims that the ABA ratings are biased. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 35218 at http://publicradioeast.org Political Map: Does Geography Shape Your Ideology? http://publicradioeast.org/post/political-map-does-geography-shape-your-ideology Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The political map of America changes, but it doesn't change very quickly. Massachusetts was a reliably liberal state decades ago and still is. The South is still the South. This raises the question of why it is that certain areas come to be reliably liberal or conservative.<p>NPR Shankar Vedantam joins us to discuss some research that explores the question. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 33520 at http://publicradioeast.org What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The World? http://publicradioeast.org/post/whats-problem-feeling-top-world Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now let's turn to a thought experiment. Imagine you're riding one of those glass elevators that takes you to the top of a skyscraper. You go higher and higher. The view gets better. The cars on the ground, the people down there look puny like ants. Researchers say if you imagine this, it can make you feel unaccountably better about yourself. It briefly raises your self esteem. But researchers also say this feeling can be bad for you.<p>NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to explain why. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 33259 at http://publicradioeast.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health http://publicradioeast.org/post/cash-or-credit-how-kids-pay-school-lunch-matters-health American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/">most recent studies</a>. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 32221 at http://publicradioeast.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health