Department of Psychology

Bird songs provide insight into how developing brain forms memories

Researchers at the University of Chicago have demonstrated, for the first time, that a key protein complex in the brain is linked to the ability of young animals to learn behavioral patterns from adults. The findings, published July 24 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , show that a specific neural signal—the mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) cascade—regulates the ability of juvenile zebra finches to form accurate memories of songs taught to them by adult birds. The...

Call for Papers: Crossing Interdisciplinary Boundaries Working Group

The newly formed Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries Working Group will host its inaugural event on September 22, 2017 from 9am-5pm in Saieh Hall for Economics rm. 146. 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.

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.