Shankar Vedantam http://www.kplu.org en 20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology http://www.kplu.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 22:52:32 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 17552 at http://www.kplu.org 20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology Study: Reading 'Maxim' Can Make You A Theft Target http://www.kplu.org/post/study-reading-maxim-can-make-you-theft-target Some time ago, a man wearing jeans, cowboy boots and a hoodie drove a dirty Ford Explorer into a carwash in Fort Worth, Texas. As soon as the car came back clean, he got it filthy again, and drove to the next carwash. He did this with every single full-service carwash in town.<p>The man wasn't suffering from a strange mental disorder; Patrick Kinkade was a criminologist conducting an experiment.<p>Kinkade left a large amount of loose change inside the car each time he dropped it off. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:54:27 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 7117 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Reading 'Maxim' Can Make You A Theft Target Behind a Halloween mask, even 'good' kids can turn into thieves http://www.kplu.org/post/behind-halloween-mask-even-good-kids-can-turn-thieves Vampires and monsters will be out in force tonight, but some of the darkest creatures out there might be your little angels inside those Halloween costumes.<p>It's been more than a quarter-century since psychologists discovered that the cloak of anonymity of Halloween costumes gives children license to steal — not just candy, but real money. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:45:19 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 6907 at http://www.kplu.org Behind a Halloween mask, even 'good' kids can turn into thieves Why mental pictures can sway your moral judgment http://www.kplu.org/post/why-mental-pictures-can-sway-your-moral-judgment When we think about morality, many of us think about religion or what our parents taught us when we were young. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:39:25 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 6413 at http://www.kplu.org Why mental pictures can sway your moral judgment Five ways to spot a fake online review, restaurant or other http://www.kplu.org/post/five-ways-spot-fake-online-review-restaurant-or-other Thinking of going to a nice restaurant? Before you decide, you probably go online and read reviews of the place from other customers (or you listen to these actors <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEdXhH97Z7E">read them</a> to you). Online reviews of restaurants, travel deals, apps and just about anything you want to buy have become a powerful driver of consumer behavior. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:38:57 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 6296 at http://www.kplu.org Five ways to spot a fake online review, restaurant or other An Anthropologist Walks Into A Bar And Asks, 'Why Is This Joke Funny?' http://www.kplu.org/post/anthropologist-walks-bar-and-asks-why-joke-funny It's Saturday night at the <a href="http://metropolitanroom.com/index.cfm">Metropolitan Room</a>, a comedy club in New York City. Host Jimmy Failla is warming up the crowd.<p>"Where you guys from?" he asks one group in the audience. "Boston? Home of the Red Sox. Personally, we'd prefer you rooted for the Taliban!"<p>There are 50 or 60 people in the audience, sipping cocktails. Failla has a system. He asks people where they're from. Most are locals. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 13:24:34 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5896 at http://www.kplu.org An Anthropologist Walks Into A Bar And Asks, 'Why Is This Joke Funny?' Would You Rather Win Silver Or Bronze? (Be Careful What You Wish For) http://www.kplu.org/post/would-you-be-happiest-silver-or-bronze-medal Both athletes were U.S. swimmers, both were dripping wet after finishing an Olympics final, and both had just won medals.<p>The first said, "It's not my normal specialty. ... We went out there and raced tough – and just came up a little short."<p>The second had a beaming face. He said, "[I] swam my own race. And knew I had a lane, and had an opportunity, and I went for it. It worked out, you know, it's just awesome that I get to go on the podium tonight. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:54:41 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5863 at http://www.kplu.org Would You Rather Win Silver Or Bronze? (Be Careful What You Wish For)