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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 1, 2014

Penn Research Suggests That Men Have Accurate Perception of Women’s Sexual Interest, Overconfidence Is Not Adaptive

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A new study shows men are generally accurate when estimating a woman’s interest in sex, contradicting earlier theories that suggested overconfidence was preferable.

Overconfidence sounds like an inherently bad trait to have, but when it comes to natural selection, some evolutionary psychologists have suggested it could be advantageous in finding a mate.

Scientists Used Game Theory to Prove That Being Selfish Pays Off

December 26, 2014

Joshua Plotkin and postdoctoral researcher Alexander Stewart&nbsp

Polarizing Foods

November 26, 2014

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on food aversions.

Article Source: Slate.com

Obama’s Muted Ferguson Response Reflects His Limited Options

November 25, 2014

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses President Obama’s response to Ferguson.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Video: Dr. Camille Charles Talks Ferguson Fallout

November 25, 2014

Camille Charles of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses developments in Ferguson, Mo., and race relations.

Article Source: WTXF-TV (Philadelphia)

Hieronymus Bosch, the Trendiest Apocalyptic Medieval Painter of 2014

November 24, 2014

Larry Silver of the School of Arts & Sciences shares his comments on the late medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch.

Article Source: Atlantic

King of Prussia Poised for Burst of Development

November 23, 2014

Kevin Gillen of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the connection between traffic, housing values and worker

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Introducing the Psychology Podcast With Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

November 21, 2014

Scott Barry Kaufman of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about hosting a podcast with insights into healthy thin

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 24, 2014

Penn Team’s Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation’s Collapse

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With a new analysis of the Prisoner’s Dilemma played in a large, evolving population, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that adding more flexibility to the game can allow selfish strategies to be more successful. The work paints a dimmer but likely more realistic view of how cooperation and selfishness balance one another in nature.

Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 21, 2014

Botswana Internship Inspires Penn Senior to Start a Happiness Blog

University of Pennsylvania senior Callan Parra chronicles the stories of people she’s met who’ve triumphed over adversities and offers insights on coping with stress and finding life’s “perfect moments” in a new blog called “Happy for Happyness.”