Department of Psychology

Open enrollment period for faculty, staff Nov. 1-16

The Benefits Open Enrollment period is under way!  From October 31- November 16, 2016, you will be able to make your benefit elections for 2017 by logging in to


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Study examines whether loneliness could be heritable trait

Loneliness is linked to poor physical and mental health and is a greater predictor of early death than obesity. Because of such risks, researchers sought to determine whether loneliness was a lifelong trait, not a temporary state. In conducting the first genome-wide association study of loneliness, Prof. John Cacioppo and his colleagues confirmed previous studies showing that the risk for feeling lonely is partially due to genetics, but environmental influences play a bigger role. Their findings...

Infants develop early understanding of social nature of food

Infants develop expectations about what people prefer to eat, providing early evidence of the social nature through which humans understand food, according to a new study conducted at the University of Chicago. The study, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , found infants expect people to share food preferences unless they belong to different social groups. Their understanding changes when it comes to disgust toward a food, with infants expecting such...