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Mental processing is continuous, not like a computer

The theory that the mind works like a computer, in a series of distinct stages, was an important steppingstone in cognitive science, but it has outlived its usefulness, concludes a new Cornell University study. (June 27, 2005)

Study links warm offices to fewer typing errors and higher productivity

Chilly workers not only make more errors but cooler temperatures could increase a worker's hourly labor cost by 10 percent, estimates Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell's Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory.

Workers more productive when using adjustable tables

Four out of five people prefer to work at electric, adjustable computer stations that allow them to stand at their computers part of the day, according to a new Cornell study. (Oct. 18, 2004)

Kissing cousin or close kin? One sniff is all some animals need to tell difference, Cornell behavior researcher discovers

The tiny Belding's ground squirrels appear to be "kissing". Instead, they are sniffing to analyze secretions from facial scent glands, hoping to learn from the complex odor bouquet who is family and who's not. More remarkably, they are determining in a matter of seconds precisely who is close-enough kin to risk their lives helping -- and perhaps even whether they are too closely related to for mating. (March 22, 2002)

'Holier than thou' morality study by Cornell psychologists shows why Americans aren't as nice as they think they are

Most people are better judges of other people's moral character than they are of their own. Experiments conducted at Cornell and reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found many people making an error in self-assessment.

Look, Ma, no wires! Cornell class project tests wireless networking

Students in CS 502 were issued Dell laptops equipped with wireless networking cards, and Kennedy/Roberts is one of eight buildings on campus equipped with wireless transceivers linked to the campus network.

The cocktail party effect: Fish and human brains perform 'auditory scene analysis' when looking for love in all the loud places

Cornell biologists, who became underwater disc jockeys to study a homely fish that hums, say they have a clue as to how mate selection works. The auditory portion of the midbrain uses the acoustic qualities of all the noise to isolate one signal it is programmed to recognize as potentially interesting.

Study of Graduate Record Exam shows it does little to predict graduate school success

The Graduate Record Examination does little to predict who will do well in graduate school for psychology and quite likely in other fields as well, according to a new study by Cornell and Yale universities. (Aug. 4, 1997)

New two-stage screening successfully identifies personality disorders

Although personality disorders can cause long-term suffering and disability, they are difficult to detect. As a result, many people go untreated.