Shankar Vedantam http://kut.org en Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better http://kut.org/post/why-not-apologizing-can-still-make-you-feel-better To err is human.<p>So is refusing to apologize for those errors.<p>From toddlers and talk show hosts to preteens and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh163n1lJ4M">presidents</a>, we all know people who have done stupid, silly and evil things, then squared their jaws and told the world they've done <a href="http://on.today.com/YIstu9">nothing wrong</a>.<p>Parents, educators and even public relations flacks have talked at length about the value of coming clean, and there is abundant research on the psychological <a href="http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/">value</a> of apologizing. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:24:39 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 7163 at http://kut.org Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America http://kut.org/post/shift-gay-marriage-support-mirrors-changing-america When Ohio Republican Sen. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:18:09 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 7067 at http://kut.org Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America Behind a Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves http://kut.org/post/behind-halloween-mask-even-good-kids-can-turn-candy-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 17:09:35 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5482 at http://kut.org Behind a Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves Would You Rather Win Silver Or Bronze? (Be Careful What You Wish For) http://kut.org/post/would-you-rather-win-silver-or-bronze-be-careful-what-you-wish 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 12:44:06 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 4812 at http://kut.org Would You Rather Win Silver Or Bronze? (Be Careful What You Wish For)