Shankar Vedantam en Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of 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 09:39:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 25629 at Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To 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 24830 at When It Comes To Vaccines, Science Can Run Into A Brick Wall The public health community has been trying for years to debunk the spurious connection people have been making between vaccines and autism. Have the messages been backfiring? Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:08:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 24440 at Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By 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 21:35:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 24103 at Why We Miss Creative Ideas That Are Right Under Our Noses In crowdsourcing, a big challenge is not with coming up with creative ideas, but identifying creative ideas. A bias makes us bad at spotting creative ideas when they come from those working around us. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:43:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 24051 at 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 22508 at What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The 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 22284 at Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the <a href="">most recent studies</a>. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 21342 at Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health 'Save To Win' Makes Saving As Much Fun As Gambling Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>As far as New Year's resolutions go, saving more money is often a popular one. Actually being able to do that - well, we know how that story usually ends. But researchers may have come up with a winning method. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, we are all ears.<p>SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Carolann Broekhuizen is a retired life insurance claims examiner. She lives in Waterford, Michigan. Whenever she has a little extra money, there are some things she likes to do.<p>CAROLANN BROEKHUIZEN: I do buy lottery tickets. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 20536 at How Scarcity Trap Affects Our Thinking, Behavior A Harvard economist finds there are psychological connections between the bad financial planning of many poor people and the poor time management of busy professionals. In both cases, he finds the experience of scarcity causes biases in the mind that exacerbate problems. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 20321 at