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Altruistic behavioral economists put ideas into action

Why would five Cornell professors decide to teach a class when there was no budget to pay them to do it? For the directors of Cornell’s Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center, the reason is the subject of the course: Better Decisions for Life, Love and Money.

Cohen, Wildeman named provost fellows

Emmanuel Giannelis, vice provost for research, has appointed biomedical sciences professor Paula Cohen and policy analysis and management professor Christopher Wildeman as provost fellows.

Alum fashions program to find and support ‘natural leaders’

Since she was a child, Margo Hittleman ’81, Ph.D. ’07, was encouraged to speak up and try to change things that she thought were unfair. Many of the things that bothered her most related to systemic social injustice and exclusion.


Left, right and center: mapping emotion in the brain

According to a radical new model of emotion in the brain, a current treatment for the most common mental health problems could be ineffective or even detrimental to about 50 percent of the population.

It’s about time: Immediate rewards boost motivation

One way to increase your interest in a task is to add immediate rewards, rather than wait until the end to reward yourself, according to new research by Kaitlin Woolley ’12, assistant professor of marketing.

Conference takes multigenerational approach to youth development

The eighth annual Youth Development Research Update brought practitioners and researchers together to discuss best practices of helping communities.

How to crowdsource your decision-making (or not)

New Cornell research published in Nature Human Behavior sheds light on how we can use other people’s opinions to make our own decisions. It also has implications for more effective online recommender algorithms.

Discussion continues on social sciences review

Discussions about the organizational structures of Cornell’s social sciences will continue throughout the summer and likely through the fall, administrators say.

ILR-Aspen partnership provides gig economy numbers

The ILR School and the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative launched the Gig Economy Data Hub May 31 to help increase understanding of the gig economy and its workers.