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.

Mikki Hebl’s unique teaching methods showcased during Cherry Award finalist lecture

The Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology, Hebl is one of three finalists for Baylor University’s 2016 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, one of the country’s top collegiate teaching honors.

Study of first-time smartphone users reveals devices may be detrimental to learning process

A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn.

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.