Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

The state of extended reality research

Published by the Annenberg School’s Virtual Reality ColLABorative, a new report summarizes augmented, mixed, and virtual reality research in the social sciences.

From Annenberg School for Communication

Ancient medicine in today’s world

Taylor Dysart, a doctoral candidate in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of History and Sociology of Science, probes modern science’s enthrallment with the powerful Amazonian intoxicant ayahuasca.


Why the Vaccine Safety Reporting System should be renamed

VAERS, the federal health system for reporting “adverse events” after vaccination, is designed to assist in the early detection of complications and responsive action. But the flood of social media references to the system during the COVID-19 pandemic created confusion.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

In the News

Irish News

Time of reckoning for Sinn Féin

In a letter to the editor, Brendan O’Leary of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the successful implementation of a referendum in favor of Irish reunification requires careful thought about how to reduce the numbers of those who would find losing “almost impossible to accept.”  


USA Today

How does the brain process memory during sleep? New study offers clues

Anna Schapiro of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the dominant theory of how the brain consolidates memories during sleep had been assumed but hadn’t been tested before.


The Week

Why are so many seniors homeless in America?

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that people older than 60 are the fastest rising group within the homeless population.


The New York Times

The politics of delusion have taken hold

In his new book, “Our Common Bonds,” Matthew Levendusky of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the distorted views and misperceptions driving partisan hostility.


Associated Press

How and when to remove children from their homes? A federal lawsuit raises thorny questions

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts explains why the child welfare system can be particularly risky for Black and Indigenous families.