Sujata Gupta is the social sciences writer for Science News. She was a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Nature, Discover, NPR, Scientific American, and others. Sujata got her start in journalism at a daily newspaper in Central New York, where she covered education and small town politics. She has also worked as a National Park Ranger, completing stints at parks in Hawaii, California and Maine, and taught English in Nagano, Japan.

All Stories by Sujata Gupta

  1. two people washing their hands under a kitchen faucet
    Psychology

    Small bribes may help people build healthy handwashing habits

    Getting people to wash their hands is notoriously difficult. Doling out nice soap dispensers and rewards helps people develop the habit.

  2. Lego staircase
    Psychology

    People add by default even when subtraction makes more sense

    People default to addition when solving puzzles and problems, even when subtraction works better. That could underlie some modern-day excesses.

  3. parent working on a computer while child makes a funny face in the background
    Science & Society

    Parents in Western countries report the highest levels of burnout

    The first survey comparing parental exhaustion across 42 countries links it to a culture of self-reliance.

  4. black and white people playing in the street
    Science & Society

    How perceptions of diversity vary by race and political views

    Black, Latino and Asian people tend to see U.S. neighborhoods as more diverse when their group is in the majority, a new study finds.

  5. person getting vaccinated at mass vaccination site
    Health & Medicine

    The COVID-19 pandemic is now a year old. What have scientists learned?

    As we enter the pandemic’s second year, researchers share what they’ve learned and what they look forward to.

  6. a little Black girl getting a peach-tented bandaid from a nurse
    Health & Medicine

    Redefining ‘flesh-colored’ bandages makes medicine more inclusive

    Peach-colored bandages label dark-skinned patients as outside the norm, says med student Linda Oyesiku. Brown bandages expand who gets to be normal.

  7. woman looking bored at a laptop
    Psychology

    In the social distancing era, boredom may pose a public health threat

    Boredom contributes to pandemic fatigue and may account for why some people don’t follow social distancing rules.

  8. masked student looking at a computer
    Psychology

    The COVID-19 pandemic made U.S. college students’ mental health even worse

    College students struggled with mental health problems before the pandemic. Now, some vulnerable students are even more at risk.

  9. Students in a classroom
    Science & Society

    How schools can reduce excessive discipline of Black students

    Black middle and high school students miss four times as much school as white children due to suspensions. What can be done to shrink the gap?

  10. bike messenger in front of a boarded up Louis Vuitton store
    Science & Society

    A COVID-19 time capsule captures pandemic moments for future researchers

    Social scientists chose photos, charts and even a tweet to help future researchers understand the pandemic.

  11. Members of Indigenous Bolivian group Tsimane
    Anthropology

    Bolivia’s Tsimane people’s average body temperature fell half a degree in 16 years

    A new study echoes other research suggesting that people’s average body temperature is lower today than it used to be.

  12. Court room
    Science & Society

    Easy interventions like revamping forms help people show up to court

    A new study shows that simple behavioral interventions called nudges can help people avoid a missed court appearance and resulting arrest warrant.