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Shankar Vedantam

Prize-winning writer on the link between science and human behavior

  • About Shankar Vedantam

    Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent with National Public Radio (NPR). He appears regularly on Morning Edition and hosts the network’s podcast Hidden Brain which explores the psychology of everyday life. Prior to joining NPR, he served as a national correspondent and columnist for The Washington Post. Shankar Vedantam applies insights from psychology and the social sciences to the entire range of human behavior in his widely praised book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives.

    Shankar Vedantam is a popular speaker at libraries, conventions, and universities, and has addressed both lay and professional audiences in the areas of health care, business, and politics.

    Vedantam was born in India and has a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford University. He gravitated toward science writing, specifically neuroscience, and has worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight-Ridder, Newsday, and The Times of India. His work has earned prizes and fellowships from many organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Public Health Association, the Carter Center, and the Poynter Institute. He has lectured at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and he has been a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.

  • Speaking Topics

    The Hidden Brain

    Unconscious Biases in Business, Politics and the Workplace

    Unconscious Bias in the Boardroom

    Mistakes Managers Make in Hiring, Firing, and Motivating Employees

    Spare Some Change?

    Psychological Insights into How Organizations and Individuals Change—and Why They Often Don’t

    The Puppy and the Ocean

    What Nonprofits Must Understand about Human Nature, Raising Money, and Fighting for a Cause

    Cashing In

    The Psychology of Personal Finance, Banking and Risk

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  • Praise for Shankar Vedantam

    Shankar simply was marvelous last night. We are so lucky to work with a speaker who was dedicated to connecting his talk to our theme and mission. This was done superbly and was well beyond what we expected. Our patrons were blown away by the caliber of the talk and I believe it left them wanting to learn more, and we hope that our project on the Brain will feed them!

    Sun Valley Center for the Arts
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