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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5:31am

Thu January 29, 2015
Research News

Companies Wanting Immediate Sales Should Pass On Super Bowl Ads

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 9:50 pm

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6:20am

Wed January 28, 2015
Research News

Bilingual Studies Reveal Flaw In How Info Reaches Mainstream

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:55 pm

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5:03am

Fri January 23, 2015
Research News

Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 8:14 am

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5:05am

Wed January 14, 2015
Race

Why Our Feelings Toward Some African-Americans Change On MLK Day

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:48 am

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5:06am

Tue January 6, 2015
Research News

The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:57 pm

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Believe it or not, there is a downside to cheap gas, even for consumers. There's a way low prices can end up being very costly. To explain, NPR's Shankar Vedantam talked to our own David Greene.

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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 Sun January 4, 2015 2:59 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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Thanksgiving - a day to gather with relatives around the dinner table, engage in conversations, like this one...

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) I know how you feel.

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