Center for Gesture, Sign, and Languge

The goal of this Center is to explore the interplay among gesture, sign, and language and in so doing, address some of the most basic questions about human language and development. The Center provides a home for the collaborations between members of the Departments of Psychology, Linguistics, and Comparative Human Development, as well as providing fertile ground for new collaborations.

Center for Early Childhood Research at the University of Chicago

We conduct cutting edge research exploring the development of cognition, action, and perception during infancy and childhood. Our research focuses on space, number, language, social understanding, empathy, and moral reasoning.

Center for Practical Wisdom

Wisdom was once regarded as a subject worthy of rigorous scholarly inquiry in order to understand its nature and benefits; however until recently wisdom has been relatively overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific investigation. It is difficult to imagine a subject more central to the highest aspirations of being human. The study of wisdom holds great promise for shedding light on and opening up new insights for human flourishing. 

Institute for Mind and Biology

The Institute is comprised of nine faculty Members from the Departments of Comparative Human Development and Psychology. In addition to their department appointments, Members contribute significantly to the University's interdisciplinary approach to Neuroscience and Committees on Computational NeuroscienceEvolutionary BiologyIntegrative Neuroscience, and Neurobiology. Members also collaborate with other faculty at UChicago in the Biological Sciences Division and Division of the Social Sciences as well as colleagues from around the globe.

MRI Research Center

The MRIRC includes: A recently upgraded Philips Achieva 3.0T scanner with dStream technology that is equipped for both neuro- and body-imaging. The scanner has the necessary equipment for functional MRI (fMRI) as well as devices for presenting visual and auditory stimuli during fMRI scans and for recording behavioral responses. This scanner will soon be equipped with MRI-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).Specialized coils for body imaging (breast, prostate) are available.