Mask-wearing and moral values

Tiffany Tieu led a study on the psychology of mask-wearing and its relationship with a person’s moral values, using Penn undergraduates as the subjects.

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The philosophy of visual studies

Founded 20 years ago, the interdisciplinary major of visual studies creates a bridge for students to combine interests, including philosophy, art history, architecture, fine arts, and psychology.

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Psychology Today

Why kids need freedom to explore

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences pens an article saying allowing children to explore and sample interests rather than specialize can be beneficial.



Americans are stuck in unhealthy pandemic habits. Here's how to reboot

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School offered advice about how to change unhealthy habits formed during the pandemic. "We know when a shock arises and forces a change in our behavior for an extended period of time, there tend to be carryover effects because we're sticky in our behaviors," she said.


The New York Times

‘Kony 2012,’ 10 years later

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School said the film “Kony 2012” went viral because it tapped into basic human motivations through storytelling, social currency, and emotion.


How to get better at making every type of decision

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School spoke about strategies for decision-making, which includes focusing on a clear objective, expending less energy on small choices, making decisions in advance when possible, getting a range of opinions, being in touch with one’s emotions, making pros and cons lists, and re-framing decisions as opportunities.


What does it mean to be neurodivergent?

David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the origins of the neurodiversity movement. “There are lots of people who differ in the ways that they think, respond to stimuli, or make sense of the world. We should acknowledge that these differences exist and try to make the world as comfortable as possible for everyone,” he said.


Scientific American

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously slippery, but science can help you keep them

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School interviewed Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago about the science of motivation.