Shankar Vedantam http://wamc.org en Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? http://wamc.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 09:43:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 86343 at http://wamc.org Military Conflict Decisions: Why Weakness Leads To Aggression http://wamc.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 85465 at http://wamc.org Minority Aspirants To Federal Bench Are Hindered By Underrating http://wamc.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 84708 at http://wamc.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health http://wamc.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 08:55:58 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 82037 at http://wamc.org Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them) http://wamc.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 77465 at http://wamc.org Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them) Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween? http://wamc.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 76722 at http://wamc.org Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween? Why We Care More About Losses Than Gains http://wamc.org/post/why-we-care-more-about-losses-gains People care more about losing a dollar than gaining a dollar. This ideal, known as loss aversion, has national consequences, too, according to new research. David Greene discusses the phenomenon with NPR's Shankar Vedantam. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:29:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 76309 at http://wamc.org Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time http://wamc.org/post/smart-teenage-brains-may-get-some-extra-learning-time John Hewitt is a neuroscientist who studies the biology of intelligence. He's also a parent. Over the years, Hewitt has periodically drawn upon his scientific knowledge in making parenting decisions.<p>"I'm a father of four children myself and I never worried too much about the environments that I was providing for my children because I thought, well, it would all work out in the end anyway — aren't the genes especially powerful?" <a href="http://ibgwww.colorado.edu/hewitt/">Hewitt</a> says.<p>He knew intelligence has a strong biological component. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:37:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 74168 at http://wamc.org Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time Diet Of Defeat: Why Football Fans Mourn With High-Fat Food http://wamc.org/post/diet-defeat-why-football-fans-mourn-high-fat-food Backing a losing NFL team isn't just bad for your pride.<p>It's bad for your waistline.<p>A study that links sports outcomes with the eating behavior of fans finds that backers of NFL teams eat more food and fattier food the day after a loss. Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.<p>After a defeat, the researchers found that saturated fat consumption went up by 16 percent, while after a victory it decreased by 9 percent. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 74036 at http://wamc.org Diet Of Defeat: Why Football Fans Mourn With High-Fat Food It's OK To Protest In China, Just Don't March http://wamc.org/post/its-ok-protest-china-just-dont-march Thousands of messages posted on the Internet every day in China get censored. Until now, little has been known about how the Chinese censorship machine works — except that it is comprehensive.<p>"It probably is the largest effort ever to selectively censor human expression," says Harvard University social scientist <a href="http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/faculty/gary-king">Gary King</a>. "They don't censor everything. There are millions of Chinese [who] talk about millions of things. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 73144 at http://wamc.org It's OK To Protest In China, Just Don't March