Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI December 2017: Sandy Hook Five Year Anniversary, Adverse Childhood Experiences in Children with Autism, Driverless Cars, and More...

January 2, 2018

Happy new year! Here is a roundup of newsworthy articles and stories from the past month:

Sandy Hook: Five Years Later

This New York Times article describes how the effects of the Sandy Hook tragedy 5 years ago continue to ripple through the Newtown community.  

Read a compelling Time article by Vice President Biden, in which he praises the courage of the families in Newtown and encourages continued efforts on gun control.  

Penn Team Seeks To Make Streets Safer By Keeping An Eye On Cyclists' Eyes

Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer article, a creative pilot project to develop objective measures for protected bicycle lane design borrows CIRP's eye tracking technology. which we use to measure drivers’ responses in our driving simulator. 

Can Driverless Cars be Safe? Grand Theft Auto Helps Penn Scientists Find Out

Read Philadelphia Inquirer article about how virtual reality simulations are being used by researchers at University of Pennsylvania to evaluate autonomous vehicles.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This article reviews recent studies exploring the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, including bullying and maltreatment, among children with autism spectrum disorders. 

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Common in Former Football Players

A new study in JAMA reveals that among a convenience sample of deceased former football players who donated their brains to research, a high proportion had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, with the highest proportions seen in former college, semiprofessional, and professional players. 

Spanking in Childhood: Predictor of Dating Violence

This CNN article describes a recent study on the associations between spanking in childhood and relationship violence as an adult. 

An Updated Framework for the Teenage Brain

 In this article for The Conversation, University of Pennsylvania's Dan Romer, PhD suggests that what teenagers lack is not control of their behavior, but rather wisdom and experience to help guide their decisions.


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