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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6:02am

Mon September 15, 2014
Research News

Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 8:08 am

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7:01am

Wed September 3, 2014
Sports

Tennis Trend? Many Top Players Are Older Than 30

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 8:22 am

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5:02am

Wed August 27, 2014
Research News

Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 7:15 am

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6:33am

Mon August 18, 2014
Research News

How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 10:04 am

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5:20am

Wed August 13, 2014
Research News

How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 8:02 am

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7:40am

Thu August 7, 2014
Research News

Are Terminal Illness Decisions Affected By Negative Stereotypes?

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:09 am

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6:25am

Wed August 6, 2014
Research News

Employers Forced To Judge Job Candidates' Career Trajectory

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:45 am

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

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7:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
NPR Story

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

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6:26am

Fri July 18, 2014
Research News

When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:52 am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

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