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 […]

A nose by any other name would sound the same, study finds

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a study that shatters a cornerstone concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking. Published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the research […]

Babies chew on subtle social, cultural cues at mealtime

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the dinner table, babies do a lot more than play with their sippy cups, new research suggests. Babies pay close attention to what food is being eaten around them – and especially who is eating it – according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. […]