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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604March 20, 2013

Penn Research: Quitting Marshmallow Test Can Be a Rational Decision

A psychological experiment known as “the marshmallow test” has captured the public’s imagination as a marker of self control and even as a predictor of future success. This test shows how well children can delay gratification, a trait that has been shown to be as important to scholastic performance as traditional IQ.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964March 20, 2013

Penn Study: Differences in Bone Healing in Mice May Hold Answers to Bone Healing for Seniors

By studying the underlying differences in gene expression during healing after a bone break in young versus aged mice, Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and his colleagues aim to find specific pathways of fracture healing in humans.

Safeguarding Children – Pediatric Research on Medical Countermeasures

March 19, 2013

President Amy Gutmann writes about safeguarding children.

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Study: Sending Electricity Through Our Brains Makes Us More Creative

March 18, 2013

Sharon Thompson-Schill of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about studying the effect on creative thought by sending electricity through the brain.

Article Source: The Atlantic
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604March 13, 2013

Penn Researchers Show that Suppressing the Brain’s “Filter” Can Improve Performance in Creative Tasks

The brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. 

Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that inhibiting this filter can boost performance for tasks in which unfiltered, creative thoughts present an advantage.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460March 12, 2013

Penn Study Links U.S. Mortality Rates Under Age 50 to U.S. Life Expectancy Lagging Other High-Income Countries

Higher mortality rates among Americans younger than 50 are responsible for much of why life expectancy is lower in the United States than most of the world’s most developed nations.

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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | | 215-898-4045March 11, 2013

Penn Museum Mummies Contribute to Emerging Medical Understanding of Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, has been widely assumed to be a disease of modern times, brought on by modern foods and lifestyles — until now.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194March 11, 2013
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183March 8, 2013

Penn Researchers Find Molecular Key to Exhaustion Following Sleep Deprivation

It happens to everyone: You stay up late one night to finish an assignment, and the next day, you’re exhausted. Humans aren’t unique in that; all animals need sleep, and if they don’t get it, they must make it up.

The Bittersweet Truth About How Taste Works

March 6, 2013

J. Kevin Foskett of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about co-authoring a study of taste.

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