Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways.

Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post. Vedantam writes an occasional column for Slate called "Hidden Brain."

Throughout his career, Vedantam has been recognized with many journalism honors including awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, and the American Public Health Association.

In 2009-2010, Vedantam served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He participated in the 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship on Science and Religion, the 2003-2004 World Health Organization Journalism Fellowship, and the 2002-2003 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship.

Vedantam is the author of the non-fiction book, The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives. The book, published in 2010, described how unconscious biases influence people.

Outside of journalism, Vedantam has written fiction and plays. His short story-collection, The Ghosts of Kashmir, was published in 2005. The previous year, the Brick Playhouse in Philadelphia produced his full-length, comedy play, Tom, Dick and Harriet.

Vedantam has served as a lecturer at many academic institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University. In 2010, he completed a two year-term as a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Since 2006, he has served on the advisory board of the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowships in Science & Religion.

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7:03am

Wed December 24, 2014
Research News

Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 8:02 am

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5:20am

Thu December 18, 2014
Research News

Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:31 pm

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5:15am

Thu December 11, 2014
National Security

What Is Torture? Our Beliefs Depend In Part On Who's Doing It.

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:13 am

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6:05am

Tue December 2, 2014
Humans

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:16 pm

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5:05am

Thu November 27, 2014
Research News

Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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7:33am

Mon November 24, 2014
Research News

How Real Estate Markets May Affect The Birth Rate

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:02 pm

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5:06am

Tue November 18, 2014
Research News

Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 8:24 am

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5:07am

Tue November 11, 2014
Research News

Study Shows Long-Term Benefits Of Welfare Program

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 6:54 am

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3:30am

Wed November 5, 2014
Goats and Soda

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:14 pm

Saah Exco was found alone on a beach in Liberia's West Point slum, naked and abandoned and likely an Ebola victim.Research suggests the story of one needy individual motivates charitable donors more than statistics about millions of sufferers.
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Why do people sometimes give generously to a cause — and other times give nothing at all?

That's a timely question, because humanitarian groups fighting the Ebola outbreak need donations from people in rich countries. But some groups say they're getting less money than they'd expect from donors despite all the news.

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4:36am

Mon October 27, 2014
Research News

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:32 am

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