Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork

ITHACA, N.Y. – From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer experience and behavior. But what impact does it have on employees? Cornell University researchers explored this question in a pair of lab experiments and found that music can have important […]

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 […]

Partisan lenses: Beauty lies in your political affiliation

Have you ever noticed you find your candidate for political office more attractive than the opponent? New research from Cornell University shows you’re not the only one.   “We showed pictures of familiar and unfamiliar political leaders to voters in two different samples and found that familiarity and partisanship each significantly influenced how candidates were […]

Game-winning momentum is just an illusion

ITHACA, N.Y. – When a team goes on a multi-game winning streak, it has nothing to do with momentum, according to a new study in the journal Economics Letters. By examining varsity college hockey teams winning and losing record, Cornell University researchers discovered that that momentum advantages don’t exist. “Whether it’s sports commentators or stock […]