Dopamine linked to a personality trait and happiness

Researchers have long suspected that the chemistry of the brain largely influences personality and emotions. Now, a Cornell clinical psychologist has shown for the first time how the neurotransmitter dopamine affects one type of happiness, a personality trait and short-term, working memory.

William Julius Wilson discusses consequences of ghetto joblessness

William Julius Wilson was the opening speaker Oct. 19 at a symposium titled "American Society: Diversity and Consensus," honoring another heavyweight sociologist, Cornell's Robin M. Williams Jr., the Henry Scarborough Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus.

Timber wolves separate myth from reality at Oct. 6 Cornell presentation

Some of North America's most misunderstood animals, the timber wolves, will try to set the record straight in a live appearance Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in Cornell University's Statler Auditorium.

Cornell symposium honoring Robin M. Williams Jr. to focus on diversity and consensus Oct. 20-21

A two-day symposium, "American Society: Diversity and Consensus," will be held at Cornell Oct. 20-21, both to honor Robin W. Williams Jr., the Henry Scarborough Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Cornell.

Human-like ability, categorical perception, found in insects Cornell biologists' experiments show how crickets tell love songs from bats' ultrasound

Humans and other "higher" animals aren't so special when it comes to making life-or-death decisions in an instant, a Cornell University study of insect hearing has found. Even the lowly cricket employs a sophisticated capability, called categorical perception, when its life (or love life ) is at stake.

Cornell Professor William Foote Whyte honored with award in his name by American Sociological Association

William Foote Whyte, the Cornell sociologist who authored an early examination on street gangs culture, has received a newly established award from the American Sociological Association  for his "significant contribution to the practice of sociology."

ew $3 million institute at Cornell to focus on working families

A new $3 million institute at Cornell University will look at how families are coping with changes in all stages of life and work.

Naked mole-rats: They're not just for scientists anymore

Cornell biologist Paul Sherman, co-author of two new books about naked mole-rats for children and young adults, expects one of the world's weirdest animals will appeal to kids and spark their scientific curiosity.

Women have access to executive jobs only when other women already hold such jobs, Cornell study finds

Researchers found that even a small increase in the number of women who have passed through that door to a managerial position dramatically increases other women's chances of being hired or promoted into that position. The result: a Catch-22 situation with important implications for the movement of women into management, as well as for the national affirmative action debate.