Shankar Vedantam Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR.

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Why The First Name On The Ballot Often Wins

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'Ban The Box' Laws,' Do They Help Job Applicants With Criminal Histories?

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What Science Says About Taking A Great Vacation

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Study Explores Links Between Politics And Racial Bias

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Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland is the first African American to serve in that position on the Massachusetts Supreme Court. But data shows black judges are overturned on appeal more often than white judges. Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Research: Black Judges Are Reversed On Appeal More Than White Judges

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Me, Me, Me: The Rise Of Narcissism In The Age Of The Selfie

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Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy

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News Assistant Max Nesterak tries to quit smoking using social science research. Hugo Rojo/NPR hide caption

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Can Social Science Help You Quit Smoking For Good?

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Researchers Examine Family Income And Children's Non-Cognitive Skills

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The Cheater's High And Other Reasons We Cheat

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New Study Explores Psychology Of Giving Wedding Gifts

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Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

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Creature Comforts: The Power Of Touch And Affection In Our Lives

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Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

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The Psychology Of Modern Terrorism: What Drives Radicalization At Home

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