Brain changes make some older adults more vulnerable to scams

ITHACA, N.Y. – Older adults who have been scammed by friends, relatives or strangers seem to behave just like elders who have avoided rip-offs. They are able to balance their checkbooks. They can remember and evaluate information. Their personalities are normal, and their arithmetic is fine. But their brains are different. For the first time, […]

‘Now-or-never bottleneck’ explains language acquisition

ITHACA, N.Y. – We are constantly bombarded with linguistic input, but our brains are unable to remember long strings of linguistic information. How does the brain make sense of this ongoing deluge of sound? In a new paper in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, “The Now-or-Never Bottleneck: A Fundamental Constraint on Language,” Cornell psychology professor Morten Christiansen and […]

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 […]