Department of Psychology

Study on how rats process smell may address issue of experiment reproducibility

University of Chicago psychology professor Leslie Kay and her research group set out to resolve a 15-year-old scientific dispute about how rats process odors. What they found not only settles that argument, it suggests an explanation for the much written-about “replication crisis” in some fields of science and points to better ways of designing experiments. Reproducible experimental results are part of the bedrock of scientific method. But a concern is that researchers, particularly in...

John Cacioppo, Founder of Field of Social Neuroscience, to Receive 2017 Phoenix Prize

Professor John T. Cacioppo, co-founder of the field of social neuroscience, will be awarded the Phoenix Prize, the Division of the Social Sciences’ highest honor, in 2017. Cacioppo, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology, is the Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neurosciences and the Chair of the Social Psychology Program.