What beliefs shape our minds?

Jer Clifton of the Positive Psychology Center developed a framework to study primal world beliefs, our most fundamental sentiments about the world as a whole. Now, he’s ready for everyone to discover what their primal world beliefs are.

Marilyn Perkins

Managing mental health amid gun violence

In 2021, Philadelphia saw a record number of 486 homicides by shooting as well 1,846 non-fatal shootings. According to clinical psychologist Leah Blain, exposure to trauma, including to gun violence, increases the risk of negative health outcomes.

From Penn Medicine News

Helping the brain to heal the gut

In the second edition of her book on irritable bowel syndrome, Penn psychologist Melissa Hunt explores advances made in the past decade. Her aim is to offer accessible, effective, self-help psychological treatment for those who suffer from the disorder.

Luis Melecio-Zambrano

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At Penn museum’s art of smells exhibit, beauty is in the nose of the beholder

Norwegian-born smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas will have her first major U.S. exhibition, where interactable installations elicit sensations through smell, on display in the Institute of Contemporary Art through Dec. 30.


Los Angeles Times

The fear of public places in the age of COVID: Is it agoraphobia or something else?

Sandy Capaldi of the Perelman School of Medicine defines agoraphobia and explains what distinguishes it from other anxiety disorders in the context of the pandemic.



I’m still single but this is why I’m quitting dating apps like Tinder and Hinge forever

Russel Ramsay of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the notion of uncertainty as an anxiety generator.


The Guardian

Do later school start times make teens happier? California’s about to find out

Phillip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that California’s new school start time laws are a good idea from a circadian-rhythms and mental health perspective, though challenges exist for younger students forced to wait for the bus in the dark.


Could brain scans bring psychiatry into the 21st century?

Dani Bassett of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Desmond Oathes of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted on the contrast between brain imaging and the tried-and-true, low-tech clinical interview.


The New York Times

So you wanted to get work done at the office?

Adam Grant of the Wharton School says that letting people work outside the office frees them from group think and micromanagement, allowing them to generate more and better ideas.