At the 'Anarchy Zone', which researchers in Cornell’s Department of Human Development helped fund this summer, children can dig in the dirt, roll around in the mud and, if they so desire, spray themselves in the face with a garden hose.
Language acquisition –– the uniquely human capacity to acquire language –– is still a poorly understood phenomenon. To facilitate collaborative research on the world’s roughly 7,000 languages, new cybertools have been developed and are now being implemented at the University’s Language Acquisition Lab.
With one in eight older Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Prof. Charles Brainerd, human development, and Prof. Valerie Reyna, human development, are developing mathematical models that can predict whether a person is likely to develop this disease in the future.
The Department of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology and the Cornell Law School are teaming up to offer a Ph.D./J.D. dual degree in developmental psychology and law, the University announced Sept. 6.