Recent Awards 

Dr. Fred Oswald was elected to become president of Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2017. 

Dr. Fred Oswald (Associate Editor) and Dr. Mike Byrne (Contributing Author) are both featured in December 2016 special issue of Psychological Methods on Big Data

Dr. Fred Oswald chaired the July 2016 National Academy of Sciences Workshop on Personnel Selection in Forensic Science: Using Measurement to Hire Pattern Evidence Examiners. Read more information here.

Dr. Fred Oswald became Fellow of Division 8 (Personality and Social Psychology) of the American Psychological Association in August 2016. Read more information here.


Nine recognized with award for superior teaching

Nine faculty received the 2017 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice instructors as determined by the votes of alumni who graduated within the past two, three and five years. Congratulations to Sandra Parsons, assistant teaching professor in psychology, for receiving the award.

New method for analyzing brain activity helps understand stroke impact

A new method developed by Rice University psychologists for analyzing brain activity may help better understand what happens to the brain following a stroke.

New tool available could revolutionize social sciences research

“Well, what does the research say?” People ask this question when they want science to inform their interests, and academics ask this question when figuring out what to study next.Thanks to metaBUS, a free new online research tool, this question can now be answered more easily.

Bad cold? If you’re lonely, it may feel worse

Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you’re lonely, you’re likely to feel even worse, according to Rice University researchers. A study led by Rice psychologist Chris Fagundes and graduate student Angie LeRoy indicated people who feel lonely are more prone to report that their cold symptoms are more severe than those who have stronger social networks.

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.