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Successful Guide Dogs Have ‘Tough Love’ Moms, Penn Study Finds
August 7, 2017
Much has been written of the pitfalls of being a helicopter parent, one who insulates children from adversity rather than encouraging their independence. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania seems to back up this finding — in dogs. Researchers showed that doting mothers seem to handicap their puppies, in this case reducing the likelihood of successfully completing a training program to become guide dogs.
In New Role at Penn, a GSE Alum and Formerly Homeless Teen, Finds a Way to Support Vulnerable Youth Across Pennsylvania
July 31, 2017
Seth Morones-Ramírez, an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, grew up in and out of the foster-care system. At times, he was homeless: staying in a motel, car, group home or shelter or sleeping on the couches of kind-hearted friends. The hardest part was “surviving it,” says Morones-Ramírez and the lingering sense of fear, loss, abandonment and being unloved. “You don’t ever stop feeling like a homeless kid,” he says. “Academia calls that ‘trauma.’”
Penn’s Social Justice Research Academy for High School Students: Life Lessons for Tackling Tough Topics
July 26, 2017
For three weeks in July, the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Justice Research Academy offered 65 high school students from around the world intensive lessons in understanding contemporary social issues.
Penn Researcher Studies Immigrant-Native Relations in Philadelphia and Atlanta
July 24, 2017
Research by Michael Jones-Correa might aptly adopt the title of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
Penn Sociologist Examines Complex World of Diagnosing Mental Illness
July 17, 2017
In a new book, out this month, a University of Pennsylvania sociology professor addresses the complex subject of the accurate classification and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Penn’s Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy Project to Launch New Training Program
July 14, 2017
Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, or AISP, a joint effort between the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice and Graduate School of Education, will launch a training and technical assistance program for state and local governments interested in developing integrated data systems, or IDS.
Brain Training Has No Effect on Decision-making or Cognitive Function, Penn Researchers Report
July 10, 2017
During the last decade, commercial brain-training programs have risen in popularity, offering people the hope of improving their cognitive abilities through the routine performance of various “brain games” that tap cognitive functions such as memory, attention and cognitive flexibility. But a recent study at the University of Pennsylvania found that, not only did commercial brain training with Lumosity™ have no effect on decision-making, it also had no effect on cognitive function beyond practice effects on the training tasks.
Penn Professors Lead Call for Ethical Framework for New 'Mind Control' Technologies
July 5, 2017
As interventions for mental illnesses and neurological disorders are becoming increasingly powerful, an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, American University and Duke University are calling for new safeguards to guide treatments and protect patients.  
Penn Interactive Map Shows Community Traits Built from More than 37 Billion Tweets
July 5, 2017
It’s no secret that communities across the United States differ greatly. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s World Well-Being Project sought a simple way to capture, explore and share such differences on a large scale. Their end goal: to provide individuals with valuable insights about where they live and offer comparisons to other communities.
Six Research Projects at Penn Bolstered Through Quartet Pilot Competition Funding
June 19, 2017
Six faculty members from different schools at the University of Pennsylvania are taking their research one step further, with support from the annual Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition. Designed to attract new and early career investigators and encourage cross-disciplinary aging research, the competition provides support for innovative or exploratory research projects leading to National Institutes of Health grant applications.