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Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative Announces Fall Interdisciplinary Grants
November 28, 2016
The Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has announced eight collaborative grant recipients. Each will be awarded as much as $15,000 in support of three new working groups and five conferences, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships. 
Power Poses Don’t Help and Could Potentially Backfire, Penn Study Shows
November 23, 2016
Coren Apicella and grad student Kristopher Smith, both in the Psychology department, found that power poses don’t actually boost confidence, refuting a popular and widespread 2010 study.   
Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative Announces Fall Interdisciplinary Grants
November 22, 2016
The Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has announced eight collaborative grant recipients. Each will be awarded as much as $15,000 in support of three new working groups and five conferences, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships.
Penn Psychologists Tap Big Data, Twitter to Analyze Accuracy of Stereotypes
November 15, 2016
When drawing conclusions from tweets, people often judge using stereotypes, found Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro of Psychology and Jordan Carpenter, now at Duke.
Penn Sociologist Links Unstable, Unpredictable Schedules to Health Problems
October 6, 2016
For people who work in the service sector, unpredictable, unstable schedules have a range of negative consequences, including psychological stress and poor health, according to a working paper from Kristen Harknett of Sociology. 
Failed Replication Shows Literary Fiction Doesn’t Boost Social Cognition
October 4, 2016
A 2013 study concluded that reading literary fiction for as few as 20 minutes could improve social abilities. However, when researchers from Penn and elsewhere tried to replicate the findings, the results didn’t hold up.
Broaden Urban Sustainability to Align Technical, Social Agendas
August 31, 2016
Current conversations about urban sustainability are too narrowly focused, ignoring regional and global impacts and leaving out key grassroots groups with social justice agendas, according to Daniel Aldana Cohen of Sociology. 
Penn Research: Why Guided Play Matters to Developing Minds
July 1, 2016
Deena Weisberg of Psychology and colleagues argue that “guided play,” a middle ground between free play and traditional classroom instruction, should be thoroughly incorporated into lessons for the developing minds of young children.
PIK Professor Michael Platt Earns $2.9 Million NIH Award for Neural Circuitry Work
May 3, 2016
Michael Platt of the University of Pennsylvania received a five-year, $2.9 million Method to Extend Research In Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue his work on the neural circuits that mediate complex social cognition.
Kindness, Charitable Behavior Influenced by Amygdala, Penn Research Reveals
December 14, 2015
The amygdala has long been associated with negative behaviors generally, and specifically with fear. New research shows this collection of nuclei can also influence positive social functions like kindness and what might be called charitable giving in humans.