Department of Psychology

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...

Psychology Chair Susan Levine and co-investigators win 5 million dollar grant for math education research

A $5 million grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to the the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education Network, based at Stanford Graduate School of Education, will support a set of initiatives to identify more effective teaching practices, develop teacher-training resources, and provide free instructional materials for parents and early childcare providers to promote math learning during the preschool years. Two University of Chicago faculty — Susan Levine, chair of psychology, and Amy Claessens, a professor at Harris School — are members. 

Justice for Me or You?

Self-interest is a fundamental human motive.  However, individuals also care deeply about justice, fairness, and equality.  My dissertation combines work in social psychology, behavioral economics, and cognitive neuroscience to investigate how one’s perspective influences moral decisions, as well as how individual differences in justice motives can predict neural activity within different perspective-taking contexts.  The Social Sciences Division Research Grant has been essential to carrying out these investigations.