Research News en-us Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:02:14 EST Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:02:14 EST 5 Certainty in Our Choices Often a Matter of Time, Researchers Find When faced with making choices, but lack sufficient evidence to guarantee success, our brain uses elapsed time as a proxy for task difficulty to calculate how confident we should be, a team of neuroscientists has found. Their findings help untangle the different factors that contribute to the decision-making process. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EST Serious Monkey Business: Linguistic Methods Uncover Sophisticated Meanings and Monkey Dialects The same species of monkeys located in separate geographic regions use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators, a linguistic analysis by a team of scientists reveals. The study reveals that monkey calls have a more sophisticated structure than was commonly thought. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:14:00 EST New Report Explores the Use of Digital Games in the Classroom During the Learning Process A new report from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between NYU and the University of Michigan, examines how teachers are using digital games in their classrooms to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:30:00 EST Researchers Go Small to Better Understand Atmospheric Motion Researchers at NYU and MIT have shed new light on the nature of small-scale atmospheric motion—findings that could lead to lengthening the accuracy of weather predictions. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:59:00 EST Scientists Shed New Light on How Bad Experiences Change the Brain to Produce Memories We know that everyday events can be easy to forget, but dangerous experiences that trigger fear can remain engraved in the brain for years. Now, scientists from NYU and Japan’s RIKEN Brain Science Institute have added to our understanding how this occurs. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST NYU Researchers Find Silver Lining Playbook for Performance If we believe a negative trait we possess is linked to a related positive characteristic, we will be more productive in that domain, New York University researchers have found. Their study establishes a novel “silver lining theory”: negative attributes can produce positive results. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:14:00 EST It’s Particle-Hunting Season! NYU Scientists Launch Higgs Hunters Project NYU scientists and their colleagues have launched the Higgs Hunters project, which will allow members of the general public to study images recorded at the Large Hadron Collider and to help search for previously unobserved particles. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:00:00 EST American Association for Advancement of Science Selects Two NYU Faculty as Fellows New York University Professors Danny Reinberg and Yuri Tschinkel have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:04:00 EST Scientists do Glass a Solid—with New Theory on How it Transitions from a Liquid How does glass transition from a liquid to its familiar solid state? How does this common material transport heat and sound? And what microscopic changes occur when a glass gains rigidity as it cools? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:20:00 EST Threats of Terrorism Perceived Differently Depending on Identification Within a Group People who see their group as more homogenous – for instance, the more one thinks Americans are similar to each other – are less likely to be influenced by external terrorist threat alerts, according to research from NYU Steinhardt. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:00 EST New Report Explores NYC Students’ Pathways Into and Through College A new report from the Research Alliance for New York City Schools gives a first look at patterns of college enrollment, persistence, and completion for New York City high school students. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:30:00 EST Researchers Create and Control Spin Waves, Lifting Prospects for Enhanced Information Processing A team of NYU and University of Barcelona physicists has developed a method to control the movements occurring within magnetic materials, which are used to store and carry information. The breakthrough could simultaneously bolster information processing while reducing the energy necessary to do so. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:00 EST Cigna Foundation Gives Grant to NYU to Help Minority, Senior Women with Heart Disease $100,000 World of Difference grant awarded to Dr. Victoria Dickson, program leader from NYUCN. More women than men die within five years of a heart attack; Self-care for heart disease will be taught. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:21:15 EST Focusing on Executive Functions in Kindergarten Leads to Lasting Academic Improvements An educational approach focused on the development of children’s executive functions – the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and regulate impulsive behavior – improved academic learning in and beyond kindergarten, according to a new Steinhardt study. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:00:00 EST NYU to Support Pre-K for All in NYC The Institute of Human Development and Social Change is partnering with the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity to provide educators with the tools they need to monitor and support the quality of universal pre-K programs. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:30:00 EST