Valerie Reyna and Evan Wilhelms developed a new questionnaire for predicting who is likely to engage in risky behaviors, including, unprotected sex and binge drinking. Their questionnaire significantly outperforms 14 other gold-standard measures frequently used in economics and psychology.
The research of Professor Nathan Spreng and his collaborators sheds light on the basal forebrain region, where the degeneration of neural tissue caused by Alzheimer’s disease appears before cognitive and behavioral symptoms emerge.
Financial exploitation of older people by those who should be protecting them results in devastating health, emotional and psychological consequences. International elder abuse experts met at Weill Cornell Medicine to map out a strategy for conducting research on this problem.
Childhood poverty can cause significant psychological deficits in adulthood, according to a sweeping new study by Professor Gary Evans. The research, conducted by tracking participants over a 15-year period, is the first to show this damage occurs over time and in a broad range of ways.
Camille Sims '15 says fate brought her to Cornell and the Department of Human Development. And now it has propelled her to reign as Miss New York and to finish second runner-up in September's Miss America competition.
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Marcos Moreno '17 is named a 2016 Udall scholarThe Udall Scholarship supports undergraduates with excellent academic records and who show potential for careers in environmental public policy, health care and tribal public policy. Moreno is a human development major concentrating in neuroscience in the College of Human Ecology.
Summer Scholar Spotlight: Deborah Seok ‘17In faculty research labs, in communities across the state, and at jobs and internships around the globe, Human Ecology undergrads are making a powerful impact this summer as they apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
New book probes emotion, aging and healthNew approaches to understanding physical and psychological changes in old age – differences in personality, for instance, or responses to stressful events and the role of positive emotions in promoting well-being – are presented in a new book co-edited by Cornell human development professors Anthony Ong and Corinna Loeckenhoff.
Retweeting may overload your brainIn a digital world where information is at your fingertips, be prepared to hold on tight before it slips right through them. Research at Cornell and Beijing University finds retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a “cognitive overload” that interferes with learning and retaining what you’ve just seen.
Inside Cornell’s BABY LabsSteven S. Robertson and Marianella Casasola, professors in Human Development, run baby labs at Cornell. where researchers are discovering more about the nuances of infant development. It’s a crucial area of academic research and exploration, given the impact early development has on later stages of life.
Side by side Many undergraduates in Human Development work side by side with faculty in the lab. Read about this transformative approach to learning in an interview with Annie Erickson '16 and her mentor, Professor Eve De Rosa.
Researchers identify gene for ‘emotionally enhanced vividness’ As research subjects viewed emotion-laden pictures while an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imagining) machine scanned their brains for activity, researchers in a Cornell-University of British Columbia-University of Toronto study began to think: Perhaps our genes really can regulate response to emotional information.
Gerontologist finds the formula to a happy marriage With wedding season in full swing, America’s newlyweds stand to learn from the experts: older adults whose love has endured job changes, child-rearing, economic certainty, health concerns and other life challenges.
ISS funds oral histories, election surveys, other work Twice yearly, the Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) provides up to $12,000 to tenured and tenure-track faculty through its peer-reviewed small grant program. This spring, faculty from six different colleges won awards.
When juries get the gist, their awards grow consistent For juries awarding plaintiffs for pain and suffering, the task is more challenging – and the results more inconsistent – than awarding for economic damages, which is formulaic. Now, Cornell social scientists show how to reduce wide variability for monetary judgments in those cases: Serve up the gist.
Being positive amid daily stress is good for long-term health Relax. Breathe. It’s all small stuff. When faced with life’s daily challenges, adults who don’t maintain a positive outlook have shown elevated physiological markers for inflaming cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, according to new research by Cornell University and Penn State psychologists.
Urie: The scientist who remade the field of human developmentFifty years after the launch of Head Start, Urie Bronfenbrenner-one of the architects of the federal program for underserved families-is remembered as a giant in his field. Former students, research partners, and Cornell faculty members share their thoughts on the late Bronfenbrenner's legacy as a scholar, mentor, researcher, and champion for youth and families. Also in this issue: A tour through 150 Years of Big Red fashion; gerontologist Karl Pillemer's latest book, sharing elder wisdom on love and marriage; long-running, legendary courses in the College of Human Ecology; alumni and campus updates and special sesquicentennial content.
Elder-to-elder abuse is common in nursing homes Nearly one in five nursing home residents in 10 facilities across New York state were involved in at least one aggressive encounter with fellow residents during the four weeks prior to a study by researchers at Cornell and Weill Cornell.
Karl Pillemer to lead Bronfenbrenner Center Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer will become director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research Jan. 15, taking over for John Eckenrode, who has been the center's director since it was founded in 2011.
Book offers advice for and by academic leaders The new book "Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up," co-edited by Cornell professor Robert Sternberg, offers advice for new faculty administrators.
Students in the News
Trenel Francis '16 analyzes 'hook-up culture' While many college students may be familiar with the idea of “hooking up” as a routine social interaction, Francis analyzed the phenomenon more closely in a study she performed last summer with the University of Cincinnati.
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.
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.
Study cracks brain’s emotional code
The human brain turns feelings them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell neuroscientist Adam Anderson.
Book lauds land-grant university model
The land-grant university, 150 years after its inception, remains an extraordinary and compelling model for higher education, with ideas and ideals relevant to even the most elite academies, contends Robert Sternberg in “The Modern Land-Grant University.”
Book examines hows and whys of economic choices
Drawing on perspectives from the early roots of psychology through the latest neuroscience, the new volume edited by Valerie Reyna and graduate student Evan Wilhelms introduces what we know about how and why people make decisions with economic consequences.
Girls’ perceptions drive sexual behavior
Jane Mendle’s latest research suggests that genetic factors related to how sexually mature a girl thinks she is influence her sexual behavior, above and beyond her actual physical development.
Survey: ‘Mostly heterosexuals’ have more health problems
The largest minority on the sexual-orientation spectrum – the mostly heterosexuals, estimated at around 7 percent of the general adult population – report more health problems than heterosexuals and somewhat fewer than bisexuals finds a review by Ritch Savin-Williams.
Study: Facial expressions evolved from optical needs
The near-opposite facial expressions of fear and disgust are rooted in emotional responses that exploit how our eyes gather and focus light to detect an unknown threat, found a study by Cornell neuroscientist, Adam Anderson.
Low-income home strife drives earlier teen sex
Environmental influences – rather than genetic propensities – are more important in predicting the age when adolescents from stressful backgrounds become sexually active, reports a recent study by Jane Mendle.
Adapted arthritis program boosts participation
Enhancing an arthritis program’s content and delivery with help from community partners improved program attendance, while maintaining the same physical and mental health benefits as the original, reports a recent study by Cary Reid and Karl Pillemer.
Study: Ads can influence ‘smart’ false memories
Consumers who have a propensity to think more about decisions produce more false memories than those who process information at a more superficial level found a new study by Charles Brainerd and colleagues.
New project to explore natural mentoring
Steve Hamilton has received funding from the William T. Grant Foundation for a study that aims to improve our understanding of natural mentoring relationships.
Young ‘pranksters’ skewed landmark sexuality study
A widely cited study in the mid-1990s appears to have misrepresented the number of homosexual and bisexual youth potentially because questions were answered incorrectly either on purpose or through misunderstanding, according to Ritch Savin-Williams.