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Sian Beilock

The University of Chicago
Department of Psychology
5848 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60637

Office Phone: (773) 834-3713
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Office: Green Hall 319
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Sian L. Beilock


Sian L. Beilock is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Chicago.  Her research program sits at the intersection of cognitive science and education.  She explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations.  Dr. Beilock's research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences). Her book, "Choke: What The Secrets Of The Brain Reveals About Getting It Right When You Have To" came out in Fall, 2010.

Research Interests.

  • Attention and executive control of complex cognitive and sensorimotor skills
  • Skill acquisition and expertise
  • Performance under pressure and stereotype threat
  • Individual differences in executive functioning
  • Embodied cognition

Dr. Beilock uses converging methodologies in her research - ranging from behavioral performance measures (e.g., reaction time and accuracy), to physiological measures of stress (e.g., salivary cortisol), to neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI).

Recent Publications

"See lab web page (link on right)."


  • Cognitive psychology
  • Mind

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