Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

When trust in science fosters pseudoscience

A study co-authored by PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín finds that people who trust science are more likely to believe and disseminate false claims containing scientific references than people who do not trust science.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Haiti in turmoil

Perry World House Visiting Fellow Henri-Paul Normandin, former Canadian ambassador to Haiti, reflects on the current situation and where Haiti goes from here.

Kristen de Groot

Public trust in CDC, FDA, and Fauci holds steady, survey shows

The top U.S. health agencies retain the trust of the vast majority of the American public, as does Anthony Fauci, the public face of U.S. efforts to combat the virus, according to a new survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Study finds surprising source of social influence

A new study co-authored by ASC’s Damon Centola finds that as prominent and revered as social influencers seem to be, they are unlikely to change a person’s behavior by example, and might actually be detrimental to the cause.

From Annenberg School for Communication



In the News


The Atlantic

The simplest fix to America’s rent problem

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design will be assessing the results of a rental assistance pilot program in Philadelphia that will distribute cash aid rather than vouchers. “There’s been some explorations, but a true, proper evaluation is something that we’ve never really done,” he said. “Cash transfers are often more contentious.”

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Associated Press

New-York Historical Society selects new trustee chair

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, a consulting scholar to the Penn Museum, has been elected chair of the New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Guided mastery: The scaffolding you need to grow stronger

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the importance of imbuing young people with a sense of personal agency. “Don’t tell anyone they have complete control of their destiny. That’s not true,” she said. “And yet each of us, no matter our circumstances, has some control, particularly over our own thoughts and actions.”

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Bloomberg

Can China’s prosperity promise fix real problems?

Hanming Fang of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about China’s pension system, saying that because the plans are managed by local governments, the system is vulnerable to regional wage disparities.

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The Conversation

The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 4 essential reads

Melissa Wilde of the School of Arts & Sciences pinpoints moments when the Catholic Church changed course.

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