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Creating Mental Space From Alcohol Triggers Could Help College Students Drink Less Frequently

A new study found that prompting college students to take a step back when they encounter alcohol can reduce how often they drink.

Doctoral Students Collaborate With Philadelphia High School Students on Health Communication Research

Thandi Lyew and Brittany Zulkiewicz worked with local teens through a Penn Graduate Community-Engaged Research Fellowship.


One Way To Reduce Medical Errors? Connect Doctors With Other Doctors.

A new PNAS study led by Professor Damon Centola uncovers how information-sharing networks can improve medical care.


People with a Conspiracy Mindset Resist Childhood Vaccination, Study Shows

In a new study, Professors Dan Romer and Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center examined the role that having a conspiracy mindset in 2021 played in reluctance to vaccinate children in 2022.


Research Identifies Factors That Make Correcting Misinformation About Science More Successful

A new study from PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín and Research Associate Man-pui Sally Chan investigates effective ways to correct misinformation about science.


Instead of Refuting Misinformation Head-On, Try “Bypassing” It

A new study from Professor Dolores Albarracín has found that redirecting an individual’s attention away from misinformation and toward other beliefs can be just as effective as debunking it.


What Statistics are Most Likely to Promote Positive Actions During a Pandemic?

A new study from PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín and Research Associate Haesung Annie Jung finds that some COVID statistics are more effective than others at encouraging people to change their behavior.


Mocktails or Cocktails? Having a Sense of Purpose in Life Can Keep Binge Drinking At Bay

A new study reveals that having a sense of purpose in daily life can influence college students’ decisions on day-to-day alcohol consumption.

Faculty News

Health Communication Scholar Andy Tan Receives Tenure and Looks Ahead

In reaching this milestone, Andy Tan, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.B.B.S., takes stock of his years at Annenberg and discusses his ongoing work.


Despite Awareness of COVID-19 Risks, Many Americans Say They’re Back to ‘Normal’

Many Americans know the potential health risks from infection with COVID-19, but growing numbers say they have returned to living their “normal” pre-pandemic lives.