Department of Psychology
Benjamin Wright came to the University of Chicago as a physicist, but his interest in social science measurement prompted him to make a drastic switch, leading to a distinguished teaching and research career in psychology, psychometrics and education. The practical and objective social measurement tools and theories that he developed are now widely applied around the world.
Benjamin Drake Wright, PhD’57, professor emeritus in education and psychology at UChicago, died Oct. 25 at Warren Barr Pavilion, a Chicago nursing home. He was 89.
Daniel Casasanto, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award for Young Psychologists. According to the foundation's website, "This award encourages and supports careers of promising young investigators in psychology or related disciplines.
Being able to infer what other people might be thinking is an essential skill for successfully navigating social interactions, allowing us to explain and predict others’ behavior and helping guide our interactions with social partners. The basic beliefs people have about how others’ minds work is called “theory of mind,” and developing theory of mind skills is an important component of children’s social cognitive development.