Department of Psychology

Milton J. Rosenberg, professor of psychology and Chicago radio host, 1925-2018

Prof. Emeritus Milton J. Rosenberg, a longtime scholar at the University of Chicago and revered radio show host, died Jan. 9. He was 92. Rosenberg studied social psychology, authored books on Vietnam and U.S. foreign relations, reviewed books for the Chicago Tribune , and taught four decades of students at UChicago. His largest audience was the millions of listeners who tuned into his daily interview radio show Extension 720 on WGN, in which he hosted guests from Carl Sagan to Julia Child, Jimmy...

Study challenges perception that empathy erodes during medical school

The relationship between a doctor and patient relies heavily on the physician’s capacity to empathize with or be sensitive to a patient’s emotional state. Empathy has been associated with patients’ increased adherence to treatment, fewer malpractice complaints, improved patient satisfaction and favorable health outcomes. Some studies have documented troubling declines in empathy during medical training—the steepest of which are believed to occur between the second and third years of medical...