Fall 2014

scientist Ceci, Williams find ‘changing landscape’ for women in science
A comprehensive review of why female academics are underrepresented in math-intensive fields by Steve Ceci and Wendy Williams points to a surprising conclusion – bias in hiring and promotion is not the culprit – the roots of the problem begin much earlier.
toddlers Young children actively transmit culture
Social context influences children’s transmission of information, perhaps playing a role in the dissemination of cultural conventions from a young age, finds a recent study by Tamar Kushnir, Marianella Casasola, and graduate student Chris Vredenburgh.
daydreaming Reminiscing can help, not hinder, some mind-bending tasks
New research led by Cornell neuroscientist Nathan Spreng shows for the first time that engaging brain areas linked to so-called “off-task” mental activities can actually boost performance on some challenging mental tasks.
purpose Sense of purpose might ease diversity anxiety
Envisioning an increasingly diverse America causes anxiety for a lot of white people. Except, that is, whites with a defined “purpose in life,” a study by Anthony Burrow found.
teen Gist, not rational analysis, cuts risky behavior
Teaching adolescents to think more simply and categorically about risks helps them make healthier choices, finds a recently published, randomized experiment by Cornell psychologist Valerie Reyna.