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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5:21am

Thu October 23, 2014
Science

Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 8:51 am

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3:19am

Mon October 13, 2014
Code Switch

What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 9:42 am

And so continues Code Switch's battle with illustrating studies about the subtle biases that inflict our email outboxes.
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In recent years, social scientists have tried to find out whether important decisions are shaped by subtle biases. They've studied recruiters as they decide whom to hire. They've studied teachers, deciding which students to help at school. And they've studied doctors, figuring out what treatments to give patients. Now, researchers have trained their attention on a new group of influential people — state legislators.

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5:04am

Thu October 9, 2014
Research News

Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:13 am

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5:06am

Tue September 30, 2014
Research News

Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:46 pm

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5:05am

Wed September 24, 2014
Research News

Why Some Federal Agencies Panic This Time Of Year

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

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5:57am

Fri September 19, 2014
Research News

The Poor Don't Always Benefit From Democracy, Mortality Rates Show

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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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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