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.

Anxiety affects test scores even among students who excel at math

The term math anxiety doesn’t call to mind a person who excels at the subject. But students who perform extremely well on math exams can suffer from such anxiety, which has a surprisingly powerful effect on just how well they do. A study led by researchers at the University of Chicago finds that the better a student does at math, the more strongly his or her performance will be dragged down by anxiety. And that relationship between anxiety and achievement holds not just in the United States, but...