Department of Psychology

FRIDAY! Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Social Sciences Working Group

The newly formed Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries Working Group will host its inaugural event on September 22, 2017. The day-long event will include research presentations by UChicago doctoral students and discussion by faculty members from departments other than the students' home unit. Built into the day will also be a round table discussion on ways to cultivate cross-department collaboration.  

University Convocation

The 527th Convocation will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:15 a.m., and will be held outdoors (rain or shine) on the University’s Main Quadrangle. This is a university-wide ceremony and all candidates participate in this ceremony, during which the President will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.  Tickets are not required for this ceremony.

FEATURED: Open House | Explore 125 Years of Big Ideas in the Social Sciences (Alumni Weekend Event)

Join us for a Social Sciences-focused Alumni Weekend Event!

For over a century, the University’s social scientists have made groundbreaking advancements in their fields and shaped their disciplines. During this open house, view our timeline exhibit to learn more about this rich intellectual history and evolution. Light refreshments provided!

Why you may be prone to hiring a liar, and not even know it

We say we don’t like liars. But when it comes time to negotiating a big sale, it turns out we tolerate people stretching the truth—and even expect it. New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that the ability to deceive is viewed as a sign of competence in jobs that require selling. In the study , Chicago Booth’s Emma Levine and Johns Hopkins University’s Brian Gunia find that people don’t always disapprove of deception. In fact, they perceive the ability to...

Bystanders may be more likely to punish bullies than help victims

Punishing bad behavior can feel good, honorable and righteous. According to new research, the impulse to punish a perpetrator may be even more powerful than the desire to help those who were hurt. A study co-authored by University of Chicago psychologists found that third parties who observe social rejection are more inclined to punish the perpetrators than they are to help the victims. Even among those who reported a history of being bullied, study participants appeared more motivated by...

What nearly all languages have in common—whether you speak or sign

If you hear someone say “John and Mary kiss,” you’d likely imagine a single symmetrical action. But hear them say “John and Mary kiss each other,” and you may construe an entirely different picture—one in which the parties reciprocate with two separate actions, kissing the other’s hand. A distinction this subtle might not seem important, yet it appears across nearly all spoken languages. In fact, this distinction may be intrinsic to the very development of language, according to new research co...