Of birds and babies: Social cues are key to vocal learning

ITHACA, N.Y. –  When a baby bird learns a song, is it simply mimicking and practicing its father’s tune? Or do chicks learn by first putting out nonsensical sounds – akin to a human infant’s babble – which they then build upon based on their parent’s response? A Cornell University study suggests that social feedback […]

When judging other people, first impressions last

 ITHACA, N.Y. – A well-known saying urges people to “not judge a book by its cover.” But people tend to do just that – even after they’ve skimmed a chapter or two, according to Cornell University research. Vivian Zayas, professor of psychology at Cornell University, and her colleagues found that people continue to be influenced […]

Teen health depends on location, location, location

Media note: Visit https://cornell.box.com/v/alvarado to find PDF copy of Alvarado’s research papers. ITHACA, N.Y. – The real estate maxim about the importance of location is true for teenagers too. Their intellectual and physical health depends on location, location, location. Teens in disadvantaged neighborhoods face a higher risk of obesity and reduced cognitive ability, according to […]