• Universidad Siglo 21 (Cordoba, Argentina) awards Marty Seligman Doctor Honoris Causa, on Tuesday October 12th, 2021.

  • The Department of Psychology is saddened to announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Lila Gleitman, a champion of cognitive science, a mentor to many of her field’s leaders, and an inspiration to all.  

    Her work on children’s word learning, concepts, and grammar established many of the empirical results and theoretical questions that are central to debate today. She never shied from debate, but leavened every interaction with her unmistakable wit.

    We all rose higher in her presence, and...

  • Individuals ranked by Academic Influence are recognized as the most influential people working in psychology today and are named for having significantly impacted the academic discipline of psychology within 2010-2020.

     AI recognizes Marty’s achievements as both a prominent psychologist and a popular author, highlighting his activity in the field of positive psychology, and his corresponding theories of well-being. Among his work, Seligman is perhaps best known for initiating research in the concept of learned helplessness and his contributions to positive...

  • Monday, June 21, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm EST


    Join speaker Nicole C. Rust for the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus briefing on the BRAIN initiative, via a short talk highlighting the work in her lab on memory.  

    Other speakers include Representatives Blumenauer & McMorris Rodgers, John Ngai (head of BRAIN), Diane Lipscombe (Brown), and Boaz Levi (Allen Institute).  

    This will be a Virtual Briefing celebrating the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative...

  • A recording of this colloquium can be viewed here.

    Title: Unforced Errors in Our Emotional Lives

    Faculty Host: Joseph Kable and Anna Jenkins

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  • A recording of this colloquium can be viewed here.

    Title: Halting Legacies of Trauma

    Faculty Host: Michael Platt

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  • Penn Science Café: COVID-19 and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

    Monday, April 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    The pandemic has entered a new phase, full of new questions. In this virtual Penn Science Café Joseph Kable and Barbara Mellers look at what research has to say about the processes underlying the choices we make.

    Q&A session following the talk.  More information and event registration can be found ...

  • Stephen A. Levin Family Dean’s Forum: Range vs. Grit.

    Thursday, March 25th, 2:00pm

    Angela Duckworth and David Epstein will take the virtual stage to discuss two different, seemingly contrasting perspectives on the secret to success.

    More information and event registration can be found HERE.

  • A recording of this colloquium can be viewed here.

    Title: Delight, Desire & Dread

    Faculty Host: Harvey Grill

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  • Martha J. Farah has been awarded the 2021 HCW Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists for her foundational cognitive neuroscientific work on face and object recognition, visual attention, mental imagery, and semantic memory. 

    This includes her fundamental contributions to cognitive neuroscience and more recent work on the interface between neuroscience and society and investigating the influence of early life experience on neurocognitive development.