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CNS Media Coverage


CNS members make an effort to communicate with the public concerning neuroscience and its societal impact.  The media are an important gateway to the public, and our faculty, students and fellows are frequently featured. Here are some highlights:

Robert Sadoff is cited as a forensic psychiatry expert by Reuters in an article on a U.S. soldier experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (November 20, 2012: "U.S. soldier accused of Iraq shooting "psychotic": doctor")

Martha Farah presented 20 years worth of data on childhood stimulation and brain development at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, as covered in The Guardian (October 14, 2012: "Childhood stimulation key to brain development: study finds")

CNS faculty member Jonathan Moreno has been invited to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's International Bioethics Committee(April 2, 2012: "Penn Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee")

In a radio interview with NPR's Talk of the Nation, CNS faculty member, Jason Karlawish, discusses the implications of a recent study's findings that the skin cancer drug bexarotene (Targretin) can reduce Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice  (February 20,  2012: , "Caregivers Press for Experimental Alzheimer's Drug")

Jonathan Moreno referenced Martha Farah's research on personhood as he weighed in on the debate for The Huffington Post (November 20, 2011: "Diagnosing The 'Personhood' Problem: It's In Your Brain")

Martha Farah presented at the 47th annual Nobel Conference: The Brain and Being Human (October 5, 2011: "21st Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School and Office")

Jonathan Moreno and Martha Farah discussed the advances in neuroscience and their societal impact as part of a briefing hosted by AAAS and the House Armed Services Committee, then summarized in Science (August 26, 2011: "Advances in Neuroscience Rais Medical Hopes, Social Questions")

Anjan Chatterjee explores the relationship between art and the brain in a piece for the Los Angeles Times (May 20, 2011: "After brain damage, the creative juices flow for some")

Anjan Chatterjee discusses the growing use of stimulant medication to enhance cognitive performance in an article on (April 25, 2011: "Adults who claim to have ADHD? 1 in 4 may be faking it")

Anjan Chatterjee speculates on the minds of "cheaters" in a New York Times article (April 16, 2011: "The Psychology of Cheating")

Geoffrey Aguirre has developed a new mathematcal approach for studying the inner workings of the brain. The research is published in the journal NeuroImage and covered in a recent Penn Medicine news release (March 28, 2011: "Deciphering hidden code reveals brain activity")

Jason Karlawish questions why U.S. seniors continue to have limited voting access in a piece for United Press International (March 20, 2011: "'Rocking chair voters' have limited access")

Adrian Raine discusses the implications of a biological basis of criminal and anti-social behavior in the Penn Current (February 17, 2011: "Neurocriminology: How early can we see a brain basis for crime?").

Martha Farah and Irena Ilieva discuss Adderall use at Penn in The Daily Pennsylvanian (February 16, 2011: "Beating the Adderall curve").

Stephen J. Morse analyzes the legal challenges associated with the insanity defense for the New York Times in connection with the Giffords shooting (January 12, 2011: “Legal strategy could hinge on mental ills”).

Martha J. Farah tells Newsweek what stimulant medications can, and can’t, do to improve cognition in healthy people (January 3, 2011: “Can you build a better brain?”).

Jonathan Moreno addresses the costs and benefits of new predictive testing for Alzheimer’s disease in the New York Times (December 18, 2010, “Tests Detect Alzheimer’s Risks, but Should Patients Be Told?”)

Jason Karlawish explains how Alzheimer’s disease can manifest itself early in financial decision-making for the New York Times (October 30, 2010: Money woes can be early clue to Alzheimer’s”).

Anjan Chatterjee draws lessons on creativity from the effects of brain injury (October 18, 2010, Philadelphia Inquirer, Study of brain injury hints at roots of creativity")

Adrian Raine discusses the puzzling brains of psychopathic killers on ABC News’ Nightline (August 25, 2010, ” 'I Am Hatred': What Turns Someone Into a Psycho-Killer?”)

Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp participants describe the varied ways in which neuroscience is relevant to their professions on Reuters (October 15, 2009, “Brain science starting to impact varied fields”).

Anjan Chatterjee and Martha Farah explain the science and the social forces behind cognitive enhancing drugs in Margaret Talbot’s New Yorker article, “Brain Gain: The Underground World of Cognitive Enhancing Drugs” (April 27, 2009)

National Public Radio airs a segment on the growing use of ADHD drugs by healthy college students and interviews Martha Farah concerning the trend and associated risks (February 5, 2009). More Students Turning Illegally To 'Smart' Drugs

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