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How You Say It

Why You Talk The Way You Do – And What It Says About You

Now available, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

A groundbreaking examination of how speech causes some of our deepest social divides—and how it can help us overcome them.

We gravitate toward people like us; it’s human nature. Race, class, and gender shape our social identities, and thus who we perceive as “like us” or “not like us.” But one overlooked factor can be even more powerful: the way we speak. As the pioneering psychologist  Katherine D. Kinzler reveals in How You Say It, the way we talk is central to our social identity because our speech largely reflects the voices we heard as children.

General audience pieces and interviews

Babies Watching People Eat

The New York Times

How Kids Learn Prejudice

The New York Times

Why I Don't Want My Daughter to Learn about US Presidents

The Hill

Do Children in France Have a Healthier Relationship With Alcohol?

The New York Times

Bias against African American English speakers is a pillar of systemic racism

The LA Times

Why Some Americans Seem More 'American' than Others

The Conversation

Ways to Promote and Foster Collaborative Research in Your Lab

Nature Career Column

A Cornell psychologist explains how to raise kids well in the age of Trump


Habituation: a concept that should be more widely known



What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking

Money Control

Parenting in the Time of the Coronavirus

Psychology Today

What Your Facebook Network Reveals about How You Use Your Brain

Scientific American

Babies Show a Clear Bias—To Learn New Things

The Wall Street Journal

2018 Merrill Scholars Honor Their Teachers, Mentors

Cornell Chronicle

Emily Jones, senior thesis student with the DSC Lab, selected as 2018 Merrill Scholar by Cornell Uinversity. Professor Kinzler named as her most influential Mentor

From Collards To Maple Syrup, How Your Identity Impacts The Food You Like


The Biases We Hold Against the Way People Speak

John McWhorter, The New York Times Book Review

How White Families Can Start Reversing Racism

Dr. Kinzler cited in OZY 

Staples: Dabo Swinney, Ed Orgeron and the value of never losing their voices

The Athletic

Sister, Neighbor, Friend: Awareness of Multiple Roles Boosts Kids' Performance

Duke Today

Children Exposed to Other Languages Are Better at Understanding Other People


Young Scientists of 2017

Katherine Kinzler recognized as a Young Scientist of 2017 by the World Economic Forum, one of 52 Scientists from around the world under the age of 40.

Should Kids Learn Multiple Languages in School?


Do You Want Children Who Are Smarter and Have Superior Social Skills? Science Says Do This


Southern Accents Are ‘Nice,’ Northern Accents Are ‘Smart’ and ‘In Charge,’ Even to Little Kids

Chicago Magazine

How the way we talk both unites and divides us

UChicago News 

Spring Clean Your Conversations with Your Kids

Real Simple

Mind What You Eat, Your Baby is Watching You

Hindustan Times

Baby Food for Thought

The Current, UC Santa Barbara

What Does Your Accent Say About You?

BBC Future

Diverse Faculty Shift National Discourse One Op-Ed at a Time

Cornell Chronicle

Babies Chew on Subtle Social, Cultural Cues at Mealtime

Cornell Chronicle

Use These Psychology and Screenwriting Tricks to Sound Like a Genius TV Character.


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