Shankar Vedantam http://www.kunc.org en Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health http://www.kunc.org/post/why-we-think-ignorance-bliss-even-when-it-hurts-our-health Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.<p>But of course, humans don't always behave rationally. Sometimes people will go to great lengths to avoid hearing bad news. Social scientists call this sort of behavior information aversion, or the ostrich effect (based on the old myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they're scared). Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 59123 at http://www.kunc.org Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://www.kunc.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 58837 at http://www.kunc.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Research: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms With Female Names http://www.kunc.org/post/research-americans-less-fearful-storms-female-names A new analysis suggests unconscious sexism causes people to take hurricanes with female names less seriously than hurricanes with male names. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 57317 at http://www.kunc.org What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It http://www.kunc.org/post/whats-grunt-or-sigh-or-sob-depends-where-you-hear-it Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR news this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Hear a laugh, you know someone's happy. Hear a sob, you know someone is sad. Or are they? It's been thought that no matter where you live in the world, people express emotions using the same repertoire of sounds. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 57205 at http://www.kunc.org Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions http://www.kunc.org/post/research-children-judges-may-influence-court-decisions It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 57073 at http://www.kunc.org