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Media Contact:Joseph Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798February 2, 2015

Self-affirmation Can Boost Acceptance of Health Advice, Penn-led Study Finds

A new discovery shows how a simple intervention—self-affirmation—can open our brains to accept advice that is hard to hear.  

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 2, 2015

Penn Professor Shows How ‘Spontaneous’ Social Norms Emerge

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A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola provides a scientific explanation for how social conventions – everything from acceptable baby names to standards of professional conduct – can emerge suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, with no external forces driving their creation.

Fifteen years ago, the name “Aiden” was hardly on the radar of Americans with new babies. It ranked a lowly 324th on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names. But less than a decade later, the name became a favorite, soaring into the top 20 for five years and counting.

Can Arizona Students Pass a Citizenship Test – and Should They Have To?

January 30, 2015

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is quoted about civics and education.

Article Source: Guardian (U.K.)

Before Net Neutrality: The Surprising 1940s Battle for Radio Freedom

January 29, 2015

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication writes about the history behind radio freedom in the 1940s.

Article Source: Atlantic

States Move to Make Citizenship Exams a Classroom Aid

January 27, 2015

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says, “One has to understand there are three branches of g

Article Source: New York Times

State of Union: Rethinking the Big Speech That Isn’t So Big Anymore; Less Drama, More Noise

January 16, 2015

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is quoted about the diminishing impact of the State of the

Article Source: Associated Press

Video: How Can Washington Bridge Its ‘Partisan Divide’?

January 12, 2015

A focus group conducted by Peter Hart of the Annenberg Public Policy Center about American voters’ concerns regarding political dynasties is cited.

Article Source: PBS NewsHour
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 14, 2015

Rosario Dawson Headlines MLK Lecture in Social Justice at Penn Jan. 20

On Jan. 20, the Center for Africana Studies presents the 14th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice.

Audio: The History of America’s News Media and What Went Wrong

January 12, 2015

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication talks about his new book, America’s Battle for Media

A Signal of Distaste for Dynasties Bodes Ill for Bush, Clinton

January 10, 2015

Peter Hart of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is mentioned for conducting a focus group where voters talked about ca

Article Source: Washington Post