Shankar Vedantam http://wfae.org en Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? http://wfae.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 09:06:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 47399 at http://wfae.org Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To Aggression http://wfae.org/post/military-conflict-decisions-why-weakness-leads-aggression Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>From Syria to Afghanistan, to Russia and Ukraine, the United States finds itself confronting some major foreign policy challenges. There are old rivalries and new one testing the limits of the United States.<p>NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam regularly joins us to talk about matters related to individual and organizational behavior, but today, he's found some new research that's relevant to the way we think about foreign conflicts and he's in our studios. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 46585 at http://wfae.org Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By Underrating http://wfae.org/post/minority-aspirants-federal-bench-are-hindered-underrating Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. When a president taps someone to become a federal judge, the American Bar Association reviews and rates the nominee. That rating shapes whether the president's pick is confirmed by the Senate. Now, new analysis claims that the ABA ratings are biased. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 45873 at http://wfae.org Why We Miss Creative Ideas That Are Right Under Our Noses http://wfae.org/post/why-we-miss-creative-ideas-are-right-under-our-noses In crowdsourcing, a big challenge is not with coming up with creative ideas, but identifying creative ideas. A bias makes us bad at spotting creative ideas when they come from those working around us. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:43:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 45830 at http://wfae.org What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The World? http://wfae.org/post/whats-problem-feeling-top-world Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now let's turn to a thought experiment. Imagine you're riding one of those glass elevators that takes you to the top of a skyscraper. You go higher and higher. The view gets better. The cars on the ground, the people down there look puny like ants. Researchers say if you imagine this, it can make you feel unaccountably better about yourself. It briefly raises your self esteem. But researchers also say this feeling can be bad for you.<p>NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to explain why. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 44101 at http://wfae.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health http://wfae.org/post/cash-or-credit-how-kids-pay-school-lunch-matters-health American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/">most recent studies</a>. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 43190 at http://wfae.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health 'Save To Win' Makes Saving As Much Fun As Gambling http://wfae.org/post/save-win-makes-saving-much-fun-gambling Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>As far as New Year's resolutions go, saving more money is often a popular one. Actually being able to do that - well, we know how that story usually ends. But researchers may have come up with a winning method. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, we are all ears.<p>SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Carolann Broekhuizen is a retired life insurance claims examiner. She lives in Waterford, Michigan. Whenever she has a little extra money, there are some things she likes to do.<p>CAROLANN BROEKHUIZEN: I do buy lottery tickets. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 42416 at http://wfae.org How Scarcity Trap Affects Our Thinking, Behavior http://wfae.org/post/how-scarcity-trap-affects-our-thinking-behavior A Harvard economist finds there are psychological connections between the bad financial planning of many poor people and the poor time management of busy professionals. In both cases, he finds the experience of scarcity causes biases in the mind that exacerbate problems. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 42210 at http://wfae.org Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them) http://wfae.org/post/lessons-leadership-its-not-about-you-its-about-them Ronald Heifetz has been a professor of public leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School for three decades, teaching classes that have included aspiring business leaders and budding heads of state. Each year, he says, the students start his course thinking they'll learn the answer to one question:<p>As leaders, how can they get others to follow them?<p>Heifetz says that whole approach is wrong.<p>"The dominant view of leadership is that the leader has the vision and the rest is a sales problem," he says. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 38973 at http://wfae.org Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them) Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween? http://wfae.org/post/why-are-kids-who-get-less-candy-happier-halloween What makes trick-or-treaters happy is candy. And more candy is better, right?<p>Well, it turns out that might not actually be the case. A few years ago researchers did <a href="http://www.psych.uncc.edu/pagoolka/pbr96.pdf">a study</a> on Halloween night where some trick-or-treaters were given a candy bar, and others were given the candy bar and a piece of bubble gum.<p>Now, in any rational universe, you would imagine that the kids who got the candy bar and the bubble gum would be happier than the kids who got just the candy bar. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 38296 at http://wfae.org Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween?