- By the age of 6, girls are less likely than boys to think of their own gender as "smart."
- Human ancestors were making art as early as 38,000 years ago.
- The practice of foraging for fruit may be what gave primates their big brains.
- Fingerprint sensors on mobile phones might be more easily fooled than previously thought.
- Tweets with moral-emotional language are more likely to go viral—but only within their own political "bubbles."
- Eruptions of Siberian volcanoes caused a mass extinction 250 million years ago.
- People with autism see their niche interests as strength and career paths, not deficits.
- Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at recognizing speakers' voices.
- People with higher cognitive abilities are more likely to learn and apply stereotypes.
- The first-ever "mutant ants"—genetically engineered to lack a sense of smell—were unable to communicate with one another.
- Video games like Minecraft can improve the mental health and educational outcomes of Syrian refugee children.
- A species of tiny, transparent roundworm has reproduced asexually for 18 million years.
- Attending a middle school—as opposed to a K-8 school—may hurt students' perceptions of their academic abilities.
- Virtual reality could be used to rehabilitate patients suffering from balance problems.
- Vividness of imagery is the greatest predictor of which poems people found aesthetically appealing.
- Community organizations play a large and understudied role in the reduction of violent crime.
- Watching too much TV can hinder kindergarten readiness—especially among poor kids.
2017 in NYU Research
Seventeen NYU research findings that made headlines in 2017.