Why playtime could help your preschooler perform better in math and science

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell researchers are working with Head Start Centers and day schools in New York City on early-intervention work to promote development of spatial skills and language acquisition in preschoolers. Marianella Casasola, associate professor of human development and a faculty fellow of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research in Cornell University’s College of Human […]

Childhood poverty can rob adults of psychological health

ITHACA, N.Y. – A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. Now add poor psychological health to the list, a Cornell University researcher says. A sweeping new study, conducted by following participants over a 15-year period, is the first to show […]

Questionnaire predicts likelihood of unprotected sex, binge drinking

ITHACA, N.Y. – Researchers in the social sciences have been searching for a holy grail: an accurate way to predict who is likely to engage in problematic behavior, like using drugs. In a new study, Valerie Reyna, professor of human development at Cornell University, and Evan Wilhelms of Vassar College have debuted a new questionnaire […]

Book shares stories of ‘proud, popular’ young gay men

ITHACA, N.Y. – Upbeat books like “The New Gay Teenager” (2005) have made Cornell’s Ritch Savin-Williams the go-to advocate for gay teens all over America. Now Savin-Williams, professor emeritus of developmental psychology in the College of Human Ecology, continues a 40-year career of sexual-identity research with a new book, “Becoming Who I Am: Young Men […]

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. […]

Chances are you don’t remember what you just retweeted

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a digital world where information is at your fingertips, be prepared to hold on tight before it slips right through them. Research at Cornell University and Beijing University finds retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a “cognitive overload” that interferes with learning and retaining what you’ve just seen. Worse yet, that […]