Research

In the Brain, Dislike and Dehumanization Are Not the Same Thing

Conventional wisdom has long assumed that talking about people in dehumanizing terms — as dogs or pigs or pests — was simply an extreme expression of dislike for them. But according to new research, dehumanization and dislike are processed by two completely separate regions of the brain, which suggests that they may be two different psychological processes.

Research Finds Tipping Point for Large-scale Social Change

When organizations turn a blind eye to sexual harassment in the workplace, how many people need to take a stand before the behavior is no longer seen as normal?

According to a new paper to be published tomorrow in Science, there is a quantifiable answer: roughly 25% of people need to take a stand before large-scale social change occurs. This idea of a social tipping point applies to standards in the workplace, and any type of movement or initiative.

Annenberg Presentations at IAMCR 2018

Eleven Annenberg faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows will present at the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s 2018 Conference, to be held June 20-24 in Eugene, Oregon.

The presentations are listed below, and include room location in parentheses. All events are at the University of Oregon. For the full program, visit IAMCR’s conference website.

Thursday, June 21

8:30

Audience Measurement and Economy (Fenton Hall 110)

Sixteen Undergraduates Present Senior Honors Theses

This year, 16 Penn seniors wrote an honors thesis and/or a Communication and Public Service Capstone Thesis as a required part of their ComPS concentration. All will graduate with honors at Annenberg’s Communication major graduation ceremony this month.

On April 27, these students presented the culmination of their year of work on their Communication theses at a poster session held in the Annenberg School Plaza Lobby. The students had previously presented their theses to a panel of faculty and fellow students.

New Report Finds Partisan Politics Drives Americans' Attitudes On Surveillance

Today, the Annenberg School for Communication released a report entitled "Divided We Feel: Partisan Politics Drive Americans' Emotions Regarding Surveillance of Low-Income Populations." It is the first national survey that examines Americans’ emotional responses to surveillance practices that disproportionately affect low-income populations. In the US, low-income individuals and people of color are more likely than others to experience commonplace monitoring by government and business.

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