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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6:15am

Tue July 28, 2015
Research News

Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:41 am

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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
U.S.

The Unintended Consequences Of A Program Designed To Help Homeowners

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:43 pm

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5:38pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Children's Health

Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:41 pm

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5:08am

Thu July 2, 2015
Research News

Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

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4:38pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Science

New Research Finds Lonely People Have Superior Social Skills

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:53 pm

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5:07am

Tue June 16, 2015
Research News

Disagreeable Teens Fail To Understand Their Blind Spots, Research Reveals

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 7:59 am

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5:00am

Mon June 15, 2015
Research News

Having An Older Sister Can Change Siblings' Lives, Study Finds

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:17 am

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5:03am

Wed June 10, 2015
Research News

Retailers Use Time To Their Advantage; More Impulse Products Sold

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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5:09am

Tue June 9, 2015
Research News

Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:08 am

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7:17am

Tue June 2, 2015
Research News

Many NFL Players Make Abysmal Financial Decisions, Research Shows

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 8:05 am

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