While the majority of our graduate students have backgrounds in psychology, many majored in anthropology, biology, education, english, history, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, and sociology as undergraduates. The graduate students come from all parts of the United States as well as many foreign countries. Those completing a doctoral degree usually take from five to six years. The titles of some of the dissertations completed give an idea of some of the research created in the programs.
Henry, Andrea The Role of Math Anxiety and Situational Anxiety in Math Performance; 2017.
Gibson, Dominic Gesture’s Role in Bridging Symbolic and Nonsymbolic Representations of Number; 2017.
Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Gyurovski, Ivo Predictors and Implications of Personal Finance Management; 2017.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hamden-Sydney College
Hayakawa, Sayuri Why using a foreign language changes our choices; 2017.
Postdoc with Viorica Marian, Northwestern University
Sattizahn, Jason Error-Related Brain Activity, Anxiety, and Cognitive Performance; 2017.
Research and Development, Sony PlayStation
Chang, Hye Sang The role of anticipation in the relation between math anxiety and math performance; 2017.
Postdoc with Vinod Menon, Stanford University
Rosen, Rebecca What’s in a voice? Effects of dialect perception on activation of crime stereotypes; 2017.
Yoder, Keith The Neuroscience of Justice Sensitivity; 2017.
Postdoc with Jean Decety, University of Chicago
Cable, Erin Circadian influences on the functional regulation of the reproductive and immune systems of Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus); 2016.
Congdon, Eliza Learning mathematics through action and gesture: Children’s prior knowledge matters; 2016.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Williams College
Filippi, Courtney From action to abstraction: The development of early social cognition; 2016.
Postdoc with Danny Pine, NICHD
Gray, Stephen Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Episodic Memory Retrieval; 2016.
Consumer Insights Analyst, Facebook
Klos, Serena Operation and Interaction of the Descending Control and Ascending Sensory Pathways in Audition; 2016.
Kotabe, Hiroki Disorder, Naturalness, and Their Influence on Aesthetics and Behavior; 2016.
Postdoc with Marc Berman, University of Chicago
Li, Tianyi The Impacts of Interracial Contact on Face Perception and Social Cognition; 2016.
Liberman, Zoe The origins of social categorization: Infants' inferences about social relationships and shared social attributes ; 2016.
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Necka,Elizabeth Intrasexual Vigilance in Women: Social, Cognitive, and Neuroendocrine Mechanisms; 2016.
Postdoc with Lauren Atlas, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institute of Health
Novack, Miriam Perceiving Movement as Representational Across the Lifespan; 2016.
Postdoc with Steven Franconeri, Northwestern University
Wang, Wei Grouping in resolving chromatic interocular-switch rivalry; 2016.
Intern working on applied human vision projects, Samsung
Schroeder, Juliana "A Self-Other Motivational Asymmetry: People Overlook Others' High Level Needs Compared to Their Own" 2015.
Assistant Professor, Berkeley Haas Management in Organizations
De Jesus, Jasmine "Food as a cultural input: Children's differential consumption, evaluations, and beliefs about others' food choices" 2015.
Postdoc with Julie Lumeng, Susan Gelman, and Henry Wellman, University of Michigan
Fan, Samantha "The social benefits and consequences of early multilingual exposure" 2015.
MAPSS Johnson Lecturer, University of Chicago
Garvin, Laura "Children's Ability to Learn and Reason About Preferences" 2015.
Researcher, Customer Experience Index, Forrester Research
Howard, Lauren "The Development of Memory in the Context of Human Actions" 2015.
Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
Van Hedger, Kathryne "Time Perception: Interoception and Psychophysiological Effects" 2015.
Postdoc with Harriet De Witt, University of Chicago
Van Hedger, Stephen "Individual differences in the formation and maintenance of absolute pitch categories" 2015.
Postdoc with Marc Berman and Howard Nusbaum, University of Chicago
Wynn, Ashley "Easier Said than Done: Exploring Majority Group Members’ Resistance to Multiculturalism" 2015.
User Researcher II, PROS
Flaherty, Molly "The Emergence of Argument Structure in Nicaraguan Sign Language" 2014.
Postoc with Susan Goldin-Meadow and Daniel Casasanto, University of Chicago
Majka, Elizabeth "Interpersonal Synchrony: A Tool for Regulating Core Social Needs?" 2014.
Visiting Faculty at the College of Elmhurst
Park, DaEun "Motivational Frameworks among Children in Early Elementary School" 2014.
Postdoc with Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania
Frederick, Donald "Olfactory System Dynamics: The Role of Tasks and Oscillations" 2014.
Co-Founder of a Biotech Start-up
Brooks, Neon "Movements for Doing, Thinking, and Speaking: The Relationship Between Motor Experience and Gesture in Novice Mental Abacus Users" 2014.
Postdoc with Liz Spelke, Harvard Univeristy
Zhou, Haotian "More than a Blood Pump: A Psychological Investigation of Folk Conception of the Heart" 2014.
Postdoc with Nick Epley, University of Chicago Booth School of Buisiness
Applebaum, Lauren "Encouraging analogical reasoning during STEM learning: The role of cues to comparison" 2014.
Postdoc with Marcia Linn, University of California (Berkeley)
Brawn, Timothy "Sleep-dependent memory consolidation in starlings" 2014.
Postdoc with Daniel Margoliash, University of Chicago
Kontra, Carly "Leveraging Somatic Experience for Learning" 2014.
Allen, Elizabeth "Role for working memory in resolving perceptual ambiguity" 2013.
Lead User Experience Researcher, Prosper
Bradley, Sean "Interactions Between Food Intake and Biological Rhythms in Siberian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)" 2013.
Postoc with Timothy J. Bartness at Georgia State University
Goyle, Arina "The crossed-categorization approach to reducing racial prejudice: An investigation of the mechanism and methodological limitations of a novel mixed-race paradigm" 2013.
SSRS, Social Sciences Research Firm
Light, Alysson "Regulating the Uncertain Self: Consequences of Self-Uncertainty for Goal Pursuit in the Face of Temptations" 2013.
Postdoc with Grainne Fitzsimons, Duke University
Shockley, Elizabeth "The Case for Existence Biases" 2013.
Postdoc at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln)
Porges, Eric "Individual Differences in Peripheral and Central Physiological Responses to Observed Violence" 2013.
Post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, University of Florida
Cervantes, Sasha "Information Processing Style and Memory Accuracy: The Roles of Activation and Monitoring" 2013.
Assistant Professor, Governor's State University
Kampf-Lassin, August "Molecular Mechanisms of Seasonal Timekeeping" 2013.
Dautel, Jocelyn "Children's Reasoning About Language as a Social Category" 2013.
Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland
Mulqueeny, Kevin "Imagine Me and You: The Impact of Imagination and Physical Motion on Reading Speed for Concrete Transfer Sentences in First, Second, and Third Person Perspectives" 2013.
Education Research Scientist at Reasoning Mind
Ramirez, Gerardo " The Cognitive Mechanism Underlying the Math Anxiety-Performance Relationship in Early Elementary School" 2013.
Assistant Professor, UCLA
VanderMeer, James "On the Contrary: Reciprocity and Reflection in Conflict Escalation" 2013.
Insight Strategy Group
Beaudoin-Ryan, Leanne "What children's hands tell us about right and wrong: The role of gesture in non-spatial concept acquisition" 2012.
Researcher/Consultant at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
Hunsicker, Margaret "Nominal Constituent Development in Nicaraguan Homesign" 2012.
Director of Research and Evaluation, Horizons for Homeless Children
Khetarpal, Naveen "Conceptual structure and semantic variation for spatial relations" 2012.
Postdoc with Susan C. Levine, University of Chicago
Baltazar, Nicole "Social Influences on Children's Emotion Perception" 2012.
Research Analyst at Slover Linett Strategies
Ben-Ami Bartal, Inbal "Helping a cagemate in need: a rodent model of empathically motivated pro-social behavior" 2012.
Miller Research Fellow, University of California- Berkeley
Gunderson, Elizabeth "Individual differences in early number knowledge: variation in the learner and the learning environment" 2012.
Assistant Professor, Temple University
Bloomfield, Tiffany "Recursive Vocal Pattern Learning and Generalization in Starlings" 2012.
Software Test Engineer, Epic Systems
Echols, Stephanie "Racially biased attention to pain predicts group differences in empathic concern and helping behavior" 2012.
Heald, Shannon "Tuning the targets of speech production: Effects of articulatory and perceptual experience on speech production" 2012.
Postoc with Howard Nusbaum, University of Chicago
Lyons, Ian "A sense of order: How ordinality shapes the relations between symbolic numbers, basic quantity, representation, and mathematics" 2012.
Postdoc with Daniel Ansari, Western Ontario University.
Mattarella-Micke, Andrew "The Role of Approximate Number in Adult Arithmetic" 2012.
Postdoc with Bruce McCandliss, Vanderbilt University
Sim, Jessica "Good Groups, Good Members, Good Selves: Exploring How Individuals Harness the Utility of Groups" 2012.
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Skelly, Laurie "The Brain Basis of Emotion Perception and Empathy in Criminal Psychopathy" 2012.
Data scientist at Datascope Analytics, LLC
Kang, Para "Binding the Features of Continuously Changing Visual Stimulus" 2012.
Postdoc with Dingcai Cao, University of Illinois at Chicago
Wong, Jessica "Ageist Stereotype Threat Effects on Memory and Metacognition in Older Adults" 2012.
Quantitative Analyst at Insight Strategy Group
Ma, Debbie "The Effect of Target Prototypicality on Categorization and Stereotyping" 2011.
Assistant Professor, California State University (Northridge)
Sun, Yang "On Feature Misbinding of Color and Motion" 2011.
Assistant Professor, Peking University
Wyatt, Emma "Felt-Targetedness: A psychobiological investigation of the targeted consumer" 2011.