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 | elerner@upenn.edu | 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 | jposey@upenn.edu | 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 | pkosty@upenn.edu | 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 | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 11, 2013
Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 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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Feeling Worried? Be Wary of Advice You Receive

March 8, 2013

Maurice Schweitzer and doctoral student Alison Wood Brooks of the Wharton School are cited for conducting a collaborative study about a link between anxiety and an individual’s willingness to accept advice.

Article Source: Financial Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 7, 2013

Willenbring to Discuss Antarctica, Climate Change at Penn Science Café March 12

WHO:             Jane Willenbring

                        Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 6, 2013

Penn Medicine: Donor Smoking and Recipient Obesity Tied to Higher Rates of Death and Lung Injury After Lung Transplantation

PHILADELPHIA — A multi-institution study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified several important risk factors, including a donor’s smoking history and recipient obesity, linked to severe primary graft dysfunction (PGD), the major cause of serious illness and death after lung transplantation. PGD is a common complication that affects up to 25 percent of lung transplant patients shortly after surgery.  The study also found that some previously identified risk factors, including donor sex, race, age, and means of death, were not associated with PGD.