Shankar Vedantam http://kalw.org en Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health http://kalw.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 08:41:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 47169 at http://kalw.org Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://kalw.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzgwMzIyMDEyMTQ4NzkxNDM0OWYxYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 47026 at http://kalw.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://kalw.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 46577 at http://kalw.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate http://kalw.org/post/some-parole-requirements-could-be-increasing-crime-rate Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 46234 at http://kalw.org Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence http://kalw.org/post/safety-feature-pedestrians-has-undesired-consequence New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 45953 at http://kalw.org