Shankar Vedantam http://apr.org en Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health http://apr.org/post/why-we-think-ignorance-bliss-even-when-it-hurts-our-health 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.<p>But of course, humans don't always behave rationally. Sometimes people will go to great lengths to avoid hearing bad news. Social scientists call this sort of behavior information aversion, or the ostrich effect (based on the old myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they're scared). Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 56588 at http://apr.org Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://apr.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzgwMzIyMDEyMTQ4NzkxNDM0OWYxYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 56381 at http://apr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://apr.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 55770 at http://apr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate http://apr.org/post/some-parole-requirements-could-be-increasing-crime-rate Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 55315 at http://apr.org 20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology http://apr.org/post/20-thoughts-facebooks-news-feed-experiment-apology <em>Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327797143/facebooks-sandberg-apologizes-for-newsfeed-experiment">has apologized</a><em> over an experiment that manipulated more than 600,000 users' news feeds in 2012. Are we upset at the findings of the study, or upset that the study was done without our consent? Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 55037 at http://apr.org 20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence http://apr.org/post/safety-feature-pedestrians-has-undesired-consequence New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 54900 at http://apr.org How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer http://apr.org/post/how-sell-green-products-self-regarding-consumer Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>When consumers think about green products, they often face a dilemma - that car that uses less gasoline or a more efficient refrigerator tends to cost more. Buyers have to choose whether money is more important to them than public good. Now new research shows there might be a way to boost interest in these products, at least among a core group of consumers. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to talk with us about that. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 54613 at http://apr.org 6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War http://apr.org/post/6-decades-research-examines-prisoners-war Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The Taliban's recent release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has prompted a firestorm of political debate. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after he wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan. Some have rushed to brand him a deserter and a traitor. Other,s including his friends and family, have rushed to his defense. Today we step away from that debate to look at what we've learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 54255 at http://apr.org What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It http://apr.org/post/whats-grunt-or-sigh-or-sob-depends-where-you-hear-it Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Hear a laugh, you know someone's happy. Hear a sob, you know someone is sad. Or are they? It's been thought that no matter where you live in the world, people express emotions using the same repertoire of sounds. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 52978 at http://apr.org Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions http://apr.org/post/research-children-judges-may-influence-court-decisions It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 52785 at http://apr.org Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot http://apr.org/post/mating-rituals-why-certain-risky-behaviors-can-make-you-look-hot Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much. Wed, 21 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 52356 at http://apr.org Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings http://apr.org/post/why-reporting-scientific-research-may-warp-findings Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Next we're going to report on scientific research, in particular on the way that reporting on scientific research might actually warp the findings. Scientists face pressure to publish new discoveries, which in turn might influence what they study, and that, of course, is not necessarily a good thing. There's work being published today that's part of an effort to fix this problem. Mon, 19 May 2014 10:36:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 52208 at http://apr.org More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages http://apr.org/post/more-parental-attention-may-give-first-born-kids-advantages Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why. Tue, 13 May 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 51819 at http://apr.org Study: Time Away Can Hurt Surgeons' Job Performance http://apr.org/post/study-time-away-can-hurt-surgeons-job-performance Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This next story begins with an old saying among musicians: If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days of practice, the audience will notice. A study found evidence that saying applies to surgeons, and lives may be at stake.<p>NPR's Shankar Vedantam has been looking at the results of that study. He's in our studios. Hi, Shankar.<p>SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: What was the research?<p>Well, let me set the stage for you. Thu, 08 May 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 51543 at http://apr.org Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? http://apr.org/post/does-diversity-research-team-improve-quality-science As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 48793 at http://apr.org