Shankar Vedantam Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR.

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The Social Science Research Behind Political Campaign Ads

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Our culture has long expected that women will be kind, and leaders will be authoritative. So what's a female leader to do when she confronts these conflicting stereotypes? Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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'Double Bind' Explains The Dearth Of Women In Top Leadership Positions

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Sociologist Brooke Harrington says that for the world's wealthiest people, many of the laws and rules followed by the rest of us simply don't apply. Tom Merton/Getty Images hide caption

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What's It Like To Be Rich? Ask The People Who Manage Billionaires' Money

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Democrats and Republicans often have trouble seeing one another's perspectives. Researchers think this might be driven in part by their earliest experience of power — the family. Mark Airs/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Why Does This Election Have Us So Down? Social Science May Have An Answer

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Why is this nation of immigrants so concerned about immigration? Chad Riley/Getty Images hide caption

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Study: Immigrants Face Backlash But Do The Same To The Next Group

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Our culture has long expected that women will be kind, and leaders will be authoritative. So what's a female leader to do when she confronts these conflicting stereotypes? Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Too Sweet, Or Too Shrill? The Double Bind For Women

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Why do Americans feel so much economic insecurity, even as the economy grows? Jetta Productions/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption

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Research Explores The Effects Of Trade And Economic Disruption

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A century ago, many new immigrants to the United States ended up returning home. And it often took a while for those who stayed to learn English and integrate into American society. Chad Riley/Getty Images hide caption

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The Huddled Masses And The Myth Of America

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Hidden Brain: New Research Ties Unconscious Biases, Fear And Voter ID Laws

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The Myth Of Coincidences And Why We Search For Their Meaning

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Research Explains The Bias Behind Slow-Motion Video Replay

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A woman wins the lottery not once, not twice, but four times. What are the odds? According to mathematician Joseph Mazur, it depends on how you ask the question. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Magic, or Math? The Appeal of Coincidences, and The Reality

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Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

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How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

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Democrats and Republicans often have trouble seeing one another's perspectives. Researchers think this might be driven in part by their earliest experience of power — the family. James Boast/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

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