The Psychology Department at Rice University is a unique blend of basic and applied psychology. Our breadth of research interests creates a unique learning and research environment. The primary emphasis in the department is on research, in both laboratory and applied settings.

How the human brain separates the ability to talk and write

While the human ability to write evolved from the ability to speak, writing and speaking are supported by entirely different parts of the brain, according to new research from psychologist Simon Fischer-Baum.

Kimbro and Parsons recognized with award for superior teaching

Sociology professor Rachel Kimbro and psychology lecturer Sandra Parsons received the 2015 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice professors.

Hebl honored with George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit

Psychology professor Michelle “Mikki” Hebl has received Rice University’s George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit which honors outstanding performance in the classroom.

Is #TheDress white and gold or blue and black? Rice expert on visual perception weighs in

What color is the dress? Some viewers saw gold and white while others insisted the dress is blue and black. Professor James Pomerantz said the phenomenon is rather elementary and can be easily explained.