Department of Psychology

Kids benefit when parents overcome math anxiety

Parents who are anxious about math can still help their children learn the subject when given the right tools, according to research from current and former University of Chicago scholars. A new study published in the December issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that math-anxious parents who used an app called Bedtime Math saw improvement in their children’s math achievement—even years after the families stopped using the app. Exposure to the math app also changed parents’...

Lonely people stand farther from loved ones, study finds

A new study from the University of Chicago found that people who report feeling lonely also say they sit or stand physically farther away from close friends and family. Their “personal space” for intimate partners is larger than those who report less loneliness, even when adjusted for marital status and other factors such as gender, anxiety and depression. In two experiments, published Sept. 6 in PLOS ONE , the researchers surveyed nearly 600 U.S.-based men and women on how far they preferred to...

Chair Leadership Changing in Five Departments

 

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Dean Amanda Woodward announced chair transitions in five of the division’s departments. The appointments are effective July 1, 2018.

 

Jennifer Cole will serve as chair of the Department of Comparative Human Development. Jennifer, a social and cultural anthropologist, examines how personal change and individual development shape, and are shaped by, broader political, economic and cultural transformations. She has been at the University of Chicago  since 2001.