Dark-skinned whites arrested more than those with lighter skin

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University study found that black men, no matter how dark or light their skin, get arrested at the same rate, but darker-skinned white men are more likely to be arrested than those with lighter skin. The study draws on a persistent stereotyping phenomenon – which social psychologists have known for […]

Eye expressions offer a glimpse into the evolution of emotion

New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul. According to the recent study, published in Psychological Science, we interpret a person’s emotions by analyzing the expression in their eyes – a process that began as a universal reaction to environmental stimuli […]

Affordable Care Act repeal threatens access to preventive care

John Cawley, co-director of Cornell University’s Institute on Health Economics and an expert on the economics of risky health behaviors, studied the impact of the Affordable Care Act on preventive care and found that one of the more controversial features of the law – state-level expansions of Medicaid – improved preventive care among low-income Americans, […]

‘Likes’ less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose

ITHACA, N.Y. – How many likes did I get? The rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up of a ‘like’ has more people asking that question, as Facebook and other social media sites offer more ways for friends to endorse photos and posts. But one group seems immune to that rush: people with […]

Private hospital rooms cut infection, offset building costs

Media note: You can download the full study “Do Cost Savings from Reductions in Nosocomial Infections Justify Additional Costs of Single-Bed Rooms in Intensive Care Units? A Simulation Case Study,” here. ITHACA, N.Y. In the war against infections, constructing single-patient rooms – rather than sick-bay style, multi-patient rooms – reduces hospital-acquired infections among patients. A […]

Robberies increase after time change

This weekend, most Americans are gaining an hour of sleep by turning back their clocks as daylight saving time ends. But, a newly published Cornell study finds, they could stand to lose much more in the time exchange. Examining crime rates from 2005-08, Nicholas Sanders, assistant professor in the Cornell University Department of Policy Analysis and […]

New study explores gender bias in academic hiring

ITHACA, N.Y. – When all else is equal between highly qualified candidates for entry-level faculty positions, professors in academic science overwhelmingly prefer women over men, Cornell researchers previously found in national experiments. But would this pro-female bias be strong enough to elevate slightly less impressive women above more accomplished male candidates? In their follow-up study, […]

Code is key to successful economic study replication, says one Cornell researcher

Colleen Carey, an assistant professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, is co-author of a study that was successfully replicated by the Federal Reserve team that looked at 67 papers from reputable economics journals and found fewer than half of the papers could be replicated. She explains why her paper was successfully replicated […]

Dietary guidelines committee member explains value of certain cholesterols

Tom Brenna, a professor of human nutrition at Cornell University who served on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, says the updated health guide sheds light on the benefits of good cholesterol as it relates to dairy, but doesn’t lift all constraints. Bio: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=jtb4   Brenna says: “A very clear consensus led to the recommendation […]

Love, Factually: Cornell Gerontologist Finds the Formula to a Happy Marriage

ITHACA, N.Y. – With wedding season in full swing, America’s newlyweds stand to learn the most from the experts: older adults whose love has endured job changes, child-rearing, economic certainty, health concerns, and other life challenges. Filling our knowledge gap on finding a mate and remaining married, Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer completed the Cornell Marriage […]