Cornell University Statement Regarding Questions About Professor Brian Wansink’s Research

Cornell University takes matters of academic integrity seriously. Shortly after we were made aware of questions being raised about research conducted by Professor Brian Wansink by fellow researchers at other institutions, Cornell conducted an internal review to determine the extent to which a formal investigation of research integrity was appropriate. That review indicated that, while […]

Researchers Nudge Healthy Food Selection in Food Pantries

Grocery stores have long deployed insights from behavioral economics to influence the purchase of targeted foods. But can similar tactics work in community food panties to nudge clients to make healthier food choices? Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have uncovered ways to do just that. Prioritizing the placement of healthier options and […]

Don’t eat your heart out: How to avoid overeating on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly here with its candy and romantic dinners. So, how can you make sure that your heart is bursting, but not your belly? Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, headed by Brian Wansink, offers some tips and tricks on how to avoid the invisible cues that nudge us into overindulging.   Have […]

Cluttered kitchens cause over-snacking

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/Cluttered_Kitchens ITHACA, N.Y. – A cluttered and chaotic kitchen can often cause out-of-control stressful feelings. It might also cause something else — increased snacking of indulgent treats. A new Cornell University […]

Breaking bread with colleagues boosts productivity

Plenty of companies invest big money to provide their employees with upscale workplace eateries or at least catered meals. But are those companies getting a good return on their investment? According to a new Cornell University study, the answer is yes.   Media note: An informational graphic and additional details about this research can be […]

Men eat to excess when they need to impress

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/eating_to_impress ITHACA, N.Y. – Men have a reputation of doing just about anything to show off in front of women, no matter how seemingly absurd. That effort to impress apparently extends […]

News today tips the scales tomorrow

ITHACA, N.Y. – What’s in the newspaper today can predict how skinny or fat a country’s population will be tomorrow, says new research published in BMC Public Health by Brian Wansink, Professor and Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, and Brennan Davis, Associate Professor of Marketing from California State University at San […]

Accentuate the positive when it comes to nutrition education

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/Hidden_Costs  ITHACA, N.Y. – If you want people to choose healthier foods, emphasize the positive, says a new Cornell University study. Published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Cornell […]

Fight fat with favorable feedback, not fear

Is it better to tell people about the harms of certain health decisions or about the benefits of positive health related decisions? That depends on who you are talking to, according to recent research by the Cornell Food & Brand Lab. Published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, the paper finds that the type of health […]

Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust in products

Beware of trivial graphs and formulas, warns new research from Cornell University. Published this week in Public Understanding of Science, the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study found trivial graphs or formulas accompanying medical information can lead consumers to believe products are more effective. “Your faith in science may actually make you more likely to trust […]