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Your eyes may betray what decision you are about to make

Michael Louis Platt and Feng Sheng of the Wharton School comment on their research on the sight-brain connection when making decisions.


U.S. News & World Report

Antarctic study shows isolation, monotony may change the human brain

Alexander Stahn of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study that found a volume decrease in the hippocampi of explorers who spent 14 months at a research station in Antarctica. “It was an average of about 7%, which is really big in terms of brain changes,” he said.


The Washington Post

Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer from PTSD. Studies are underway to find out why

Edna Foa of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about her research on the effects of estrogen on fear extinction, a process of “unlearning” fear related to recovery from PTSD.



How neuroscience could explain the rise of addictions, heart disease, and diabetes in 21st century America

Peter Sterling of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote about the neuroscience behind modern maladies like addiction: “Lacking small pulses of dopamine, we grow uncomfortable and seek relief with substances that act powerfully on the reward circuit to release dopamine in great surges.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn, Drexel get $22 million to study Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, other dementias

Penn’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research has been awarded funding to explore a variety of dementias. The center is led by Virginia Man-Yee Lee and John Q. Trojanowski and the research will be conducted by Alice Chen-Plotkin and Murray Grossman, all of the Perelman School of Medicine.


Scientific American

Is ‘neurolaw’ coming soon to a courtroom near you?

Stephen Morse of the Law School weighed in on the use of neuroscience in courtrooms. He believes that in a legal setting, neuroscience cannot adequately explain criminal activity: “if there is a disjunct between what the neuroscience shows and what the behavior shows, you’ve got to believe the behavior.”