PIK Professor Michael Platt, a social neuroscientist who has just joined the faculty of the CNS, spoke recently on the neuroscience of political forecasting with another Penn PIK professor, Barbara Mellers. See and hear more here.
Each year, the CNS hosts a half-day retreat for all current and past students in the SCAN program. The 3rd Annual SCAN Retreat took place earlier this February. Students and alumni came together for lunch, followed by a series of student presentations in which a few students gave brief overviews of [...]
We are thrilled to announce a new position at the CNS, and a new person to fill it: Dr. Hilary Gerstein comes to us from the Society for Neuroscience in DC, where she worked to inform the public, including lawmakers and their Capitol Hill staff, about neuroscience. Her own neuroscience [...]
The Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania is Seeking a PhD neuroscientist with teaching experience to join us as a full-time Lecturer and Associate Director of the graduate certificate program in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN). Details: Teaching load of 2 and 2, including one [...]
CNS faculty member Joe Kable's recent article in the Journal of Neuroscience, on predicting impulsive decision-making from structural MRI, inspired this provocative thought piece in Harvard Business Review.
The Franklin Institute will open its new permanent exhibit, Your Brain, on June 14th. We saw it, and helped with it, in development. But even we were stunned when we finally stepped inside. It is not just fascinating and comprehensive, it is gorgeous! Take your friends and family and go [...]
Dr. Martha Farah is interviewed on fMRI lie detection on this NeuroPod podcast.
Bioethics Commission Seeking Comments on Neuroethics. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is asking for public comment on the ethical considerations of neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings. Comments are due on April 1.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence, Penn Law Professor Stephen J. Morse has been selected to receive the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association. The award, one of the highest honors in its field, is scheduled to be presented [...]
2013 Boot Camp alumni Kevin Davis discusses the benefits of CNS Neuroscience Boot Camp for lawyers looking to navigate neuroscience-based legal claims in the American Bar Association Journal.
After examining the scientific evidence, CNS Advisory Board member Dr. Sanjay Gupta has reversed his position on medical marijuana, saying " It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications... We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, [...]
National Public Radio airs a segment on the growing use of ADHD drugs by healthy college students and interviews Martha Farah concerning the trend and associated risks (February 5, 2009). More Students Turning Illegally To 'Smart' Drugs
Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp participants describe the varied ways in which neuroscience is relevant to their professions on Reuters (October 15, 2009, “Brain science starting to impact varied fields”).
Adrian Raine discusses the puzzling brains of psychopathic killers on ABC News’ Nightline (August 25, 2010, ” 'I Am Hatred': What Turns Someone Into a Psycho-Killer?”)
Jason Karlawish explains how Alzheimer’s disease can manifest itself early in financial decision-making for the New York Times (October 30, 2010: Money woes can be early clue to Alzheimer’s”).
Jonathan Moreno addresses the costs and benefits of new predictive testing for Alzheimer’s disease in the New York Times (December 18, 2010, “Tests Detect Alzheimer’s Risks, but Should Patients Be Told?”)
Martha J. Farah tells Newsweek what stimulant medications can, and can’t, do to improve cognition in healthy people (January 3, 2011: “Can you build a better brain?”).
Stephen J. Morse analyzes the legal challenges associated with the insanity defense for the New York Times in connection with the Giffords shooting (January 12, 2011: “Legal strategy could hinge on mental ills”).
Martha Farah and Irena Ilieva discuss Adderall use at Penn in The Daily Pennsylvanian (February 16, 2011: "Beating the Adderall curve").
Adrian Raine discusses the implications of a biological basis of criminal and anti-social behavior in the Penn Current (February 17, 2011: "Neurocriminology: How early can we see a brain basis for crime?").
Jason Karlawish questions why U.S. seniors continue to have limited voting access in a piece for United Press International (March 20, 2011: "'Rocking chair voters' have limited access")
Geoffrey Aguirre has developed a new mathematcal approach for studying the inner workings of the brain. The research is published in the journal NeuroImage and covered in a recent Penn Medicine news release (March 28, 2011: "Deciphering hidden code reveals brain activity")
Anjan Chatterjee speculates on the minds of "cheaters" in a New York Times article (April 16, 2011: "The Psychology of Cheating")
Anjan Chatterjee discusses the growing use of stimulant medication to enhance cognitive performance in an article on msnbc.com (April 25, 2011: "Adults who claim to have ADHD? 1 in 4 may be faking it")
Anjan Chatterjee explores the relationship between art and the brain in a piece for the Los Angeles Times (May 20, 2011: "After brain damage, the creative juices flow for some")
Jonathan Moreno and Martha Farah discussed the advances in neuroscience and their societal impact as part of a briefing hosted by AAAS and the House Armed Services Committee, then summarized in Science (August 26, 2011: "Advances in Neuroscience Rais Medical Hopes, Social Questions")
Martha Farah presented at the 47th annual Nobel Conference: The Brain and Being Human (October 5, 2011: "21st Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School and Office")
Jonathan Moreno referenced Martha Farah's research on personhood as he weighed in on the debate for The Huffington Post (November 20, 2011: "Diagnosing The 'Personhood' Problem: It's In Your Brain")
In a radio interview with NPR's Talk of the Nation, CNS faculty member, Jason Karlawish, discusses the implications of a recent study's findings that the skin cancer drug bexarotene (Targretin) can reduce Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice (February 20, 2012: , "Caregivers Press for Experimental Alzheimer's Drug")
CNS faculty member Jonathan Moreno has been invited to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's International Bioethics Committee(April 2, 2012: "Penn Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee")