Michele W. Berger
Science News Officer
Michele covers Anthropology, Criminology, Digital Humanities, Economics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Population Studies Center, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.
A philanthropic approach to strengthening democracy
To counter hyperpartisanship and government gridlock in the United States, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s latest guide points to increasing civic engagement and reinvigorating local media.
Bots, biases, and binge watching: How AI shapes the modern world
A three-part series and podcast delves into the nuts and bolts of algorithms, legal and ethical questions, and ways artificial intelligence guides decision making.
Polarization can happen even when rational people listen to each other
Using computer models, philosopher Daniel J. Singer, political scientist William Berger, and colleagues found that divides over factual issues can stem from humans’ limited memory capacity rather than from one side or the other being irrational.
Using a matching game to study the language of conversations
Penn undergrads Lilian Zhang and Kassidy Houston, and University of Chicago student Benjamin Stallworth, interned in the lab of cognitive psychologist Delphine Dahan doing work to better understand what subconsciously happens when people converse.
In Hong Kong, a new round in the long-standing clash over law, autonomy, and democracy
Political scientist Jacques deLisle explains what spurred the latest conflict, and whether the desire to end it could prompt mainland China to intervene with force.