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March 2015 Issue
RRL Professor of Psychology David Brainard examines the intricacies of color vision.Blake Cole
Next time someone asks you what your favorite color is, you might want to think twice before answering—your brain might be playing a trick on you. What we see when we look at an object is not its “true” physical color, says David Brainard, RRL Professor of Psychology, but our brain’s subjective reading of spectrum.
Doctoral candidate in history Thomas Brinkerhoff discusses political propaganda in mid-20th-century Argentina.Blake Cole
Here in the U.S. we are not strangers to aggressive political campaigns. In mid-20th-century Argentina, however, not even children’s magazines were off limits in the quest of President Juan Domingo Perón to turn the working-class family into the government’s most loyal advocate.
Chemistry students Keith Keenan, C’15, and Lily Owei, C’16, push the boundaries of undergraduate research.Blake Cole
College undergraduates Lily Owei and Keith Keenan don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to their backgrounds. She was born in Nigeria, where she lived for seven years before moving to Germany, then South Africa, and finally to the U.S. to attend Penn. He grew up in China, where his mother and father taught English and homeschooled him.
As one of the first Westerners to excavate there, Robert H. Dyson Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology Lauren Ristvet is building a broader picture of empire.Susan Ahlborn
Lauren Ristvet has spent most of her career on the edge. As an archeology major, she began her research in Syria, on the periphery of ancient Mesopotamia. After earning her Ph.D., she knew she wanted to work next in the archaeologically underexplored Azerbaijan, once the edge of the Persian Empire.
Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science Adelheid Voskuhl argues that although humans are fascinated with robots, it’s not always for the same reasons.Susan Ahlborn
Was an 18th-century automated harpsichord player the forerunner of the Terminator? They’re both mechanical humanoids and are often analyzed together, but Heidi Voskuhl, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, suggests that they shouldn’t always be.
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