School of Arts & Sciences

Study of Memory Brings Researchers Closer to Mind Reading

June 27, 2012

Penn researchers are cited about finding ‘neural fingerprints’ of memory associations.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Implanted Electrodes Offer Clues to Brain’s ‘Thesaurus’

June 28, 2012

Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on leading a new neuroscience study.

Article Source: New Scientist
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604June 26, 2012

Penn Researchers Show ‘Neural Fingerprints’ of Memory Associations

PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers have long been interested in discovering the ways that human brains represent thoughts through a complex interplay of electrical signals.  Recent improvements in brain recording and statistical methods have given researchers unprecedented insight into the physical processes underlying thoughts.  For example, researchers have begun to show that it is possible to use brain recordings to reconstruct aspects of an image or movie clip someone is viewing, a sound someone is hearing or even the text someone is reading. 

Do Animals From Geographically Distant Areas Speak the Same Language?

June 25, 2012

Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney of the School of Arts and Sciences are cited for their research on animal communication patterns.

Article Source: Washinton Post

The Problems With Forecasting and How to Get Better at It

June 25, 2012

Philip Tetlock of the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his research on predictions.

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It Pays To Live With Your Parents: Why Millennial Mama's Boys Earn More

June 22, 2012

Greg Kaplan of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his research on male earnings and living conditions.

Article Source: Forbes

DNA Clues to Queen of Sheba Tale

June 21, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine discusses research on Ethiopia.

Article Source: BBC
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460June 25, 2012

Taught by the Best: Penn Professor Stephanie McCurry to Lead Summer Seminar for Civil War History Teachers

A group of K-12 teachers, library educators and National Park Service interpreters are headed to the University of Pennsylvania this summer to study the Civil War with one of the conflict’s foremost historians.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 21, 2012

Flu Research Should Proceed With Caution, Penn’s Joshua Plotkin and Others Urge

PHILADELPHIA — The journal Science is today publishing a paper revealing that highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu, can pass from one ferret to another through the air. Publication of these results has been delayed and debated during the last several months for fear that terrorists or others might use information from the study to “weaponize” the flu virus for intentional harm.

Don’t Like Sea Level Rise Projections? Make Them Illegal

June 15, 2012

Ben Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his research on sea-level rise.

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