CNS in the Media

CNS members make an effort to communicate with the public concerning neuroscience and its societal impact. The media are an important gateway to the public, and our faculty, students and fellows are frequently featured.

Wonder Woman and our own Martha Farah, on Nature Neuroscience podcast

Dr. Martha Farah is interviewed on fMRI lie detection on this NeuroPod podcast.

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ABA Journal: ‘Penn Offers a Boot Camp on Brain Science’

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.

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CNS Advisory Board Member Dr. Sanjay Gupta Takes a Stand on Drug Policy

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, [...]

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More Students Turning Illegally To ‘Smart’ Drugs

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

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Brain science starting to impact varied fields

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”).

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I Am Hatred’: What Turns Someone Into a Psycho-Killer?

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?”)

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Money woes can be early clue to Alzheimer’s

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”).  

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Tests Detect Alzheimer’s Risks, but Should Patients Be Told?

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?”)

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Can you build a better brain?

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?”).  

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Legal strategy could hinge on mental ills

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”).  

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Beating the Adderall curve

Martha Farah and Irena Ilieva discuss Adderall use at Penn in The Daily Pennsylvanian (February 16, 2011: "Beating the Adderall curve").

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Neurocriminology: How early can we see a brain basis for crime?

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?").

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Rocking chair voters’ have limited access

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")

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Deciphering hidden code reveals brain activity

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")

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The Psychology of Cheating

Anjan Chatterjee speculates on the minds of "cheaters" in a New York Times article (April 16, 2011: "The Psychology of Cheating")

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Adults who claim to have ADHD? 1 in 4 may be faking it

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")  

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After brain damage, the creative juices flow for some

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")

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Advances in Neuroscience Raise Medical Hopes, Social Questions

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")

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21st Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School and Office

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")

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Diagnosing The ‘Personhood’ Problem: It’s In Your Brain

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")

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Caregivers Press for Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

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")

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Penn Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee

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")  

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Childhood stimulation key to brain development: study finds

Martha Farah presented 20 years worth of data on childhood stimulation and brain development at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, as covered in The Guardian (October 14, 2012: "Childhood stimulation key to brain development: study finds")

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U.S. soldier accused of Iraq shooting “psychotic”: doctor

Robert Sadoff is cited as a forensic psychiatry expert by Reuters in an article on a U.S. soldier experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (November 20, 2012: "U.S. soldier accused of Iraq shooting "psychotic": doctor")  

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New York Times Reviews Raine’s ‘Anatomy of Violence’

The Anatomy of Violence, the latest book by CNS member Adrian Raine, has been praised for its important new insights into crime, the biology of human nature and the future of criminal justice. Read Paul Bloom's review in the New York Times Book Review Section here.

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Festschrift for Bob Sadoff

For their Summer 2012 installment, The Journal of Psychiatry and Law has published a special tribute issue to CNS faculty member Bob Sadoff, leader in forensic psychiatry, teacher to many and inspiration to all! Articles address issues including forcible medication, capacity assessment and ethics, all key issues for neuroscience and [...]

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Jason Karlawish featured on Talk of the Nation

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.  For the full interview, click here.

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60 Minutes highlights neuroethics of “Boosting Brain Power” with Penn CNS Director

The growing phenomenon of cognitive enhancement by college students and others was the topic of a recent 60 Minutes feature reported by Katie Couric.  The show includes her interview with Martha Farah on the neuroethics of cognitive enhancement and footage of a research study being conducted at Penn by Farah [...]

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Brain Gain: The Underground World of Cognitive Enhancing Drugs

Anjan Chatterjee and Martha Farah explain the science and the social forces behind cognitive enhancing drugs in Margaret Talbot’s New Yorker article, “Brain Gain: The Underground World of Cognitive Enhancing Drugs” (April 27, 2009)

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