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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5:14am

Tue March 24, 2015
Research News

How Money Managers' Personal Lives Affect Your Investments

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:10 am

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5:14am

Wed March 18, 2015
Humans

The Dangerous Distractions Of Spring Break

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:23 pm

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March Madness is upon us and also for many college students spring break. On that subject, there's new research that might give some students and their parents something to think about. NPR's Shankar Vedantam joined our colleague David Greene to tell us about it.

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5:52am

Mon March 9, 2015
Humans

How Do You Get People To Work Harder? Keep The Reward A Secret

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:20 am

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7:48am

Mon March 2, 2015
Research News

Health Experts Don't Always Sanitize Their Hands, Data Show

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 5:04 pm

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6:21am

Wed February 25, 2015
Research News

How Peer Pressure May Encourage Tax Delinquents To Pay Up

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:33 pm

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And when it comes to collecting taxes, some new research explores the power of peer pressure. NPR's Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly on this program to tell us about interesting social science research. This week, he spoke with Steve Inskeep.

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6:21am

Tue February 24, 2015
Research News

Angry Tweets Predict Patterns Of Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 7:48 am

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6:27am

Wed February 18, 2015
Research News

Examining The Entourage Effect

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 7:24 am

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NPR's Shankar Vedantam regularly comes in to talk about social science research. He's here now for a brief chat about a phenomenon he's going to introduce us to. It's called the entourage effect. What is it, Shankar?

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5:28am

Thu February 12, 2015
Research News

How Removing Checkpoints Could Make Israelis More Secure

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:33 pm

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6:04am

Wed February 4, 2015
Research News

The Psychology Behind Why Some Kids Go Unvaccinated

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:40 am

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6:34am

Tue February 3, 2015
Research News

Why We Judge Algorithmic Mistakes More Harshly Than Human Mistakes

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 12:27 pm

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