Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants

Engaged Risky Decision Making

New research shows that adolescents are driven to risky behavior not only because of their desire for sensation and reward but also because of the way they process information. When making decisions, adolescents rely on verbatim details, while adults focus on the gist, or bottom-line meaning of information, which reduces risk taking. In this project, Cornell students conduct a research project that gives a group of adolescents in the College Discovery Program at the Ithaca Youth Bureau the opportunity to gain insight into their own risks. The undergraduates engage the adolescents in discussions about risky behaviors, such as those involving sports injuries and, specifically, concussions. The undergraduates then collect and analyze the data in the Laboratory for Rational Decision Making in the College of Human Ecology.

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Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants

Expanding the number of students involved in established community-engaged research.

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