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.

Ballot design, not ‘rigged’ elections, may be to blame for inaccurate votes

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, headlines about “rigged” voting have raised questions about the legitimacy of election results. However, a new paper from Rice University psychologists suggests that a bigger problem may exist within America’s voting systems: poor ballot design.

Study: People can tell if they are voting on a secure system

“Rigged” election rhetoric in the headlines aims to cast doubt about the security of the American voting system; however, people have a sense of whether a voting system is secure, according to new research from Rice University.

Low socio-economic status, fear of abandonment can lead to poor adult health

Low socio-economic status and fear of abandonment early in life can lead to poor health in adulthood, regardless of adult socio-economic status, according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University.

First two IDEA grants awarded

Research proposals to study cross-cultural collaboration in design teams and to develop mobile technology for prevention and management of chronic disease have received Rice’s first two InterDisciplinary Excellence Awards (IDEA). Psychologists Eduardo Salas, Margaret Beier, David Wetter, and Cho Lam will participate in the collaborative research projects.