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.


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.

Rice study details stress-diabetes link

A Rice University study has found a link between emotional stress and diabetes, with roots in the brain’s ability to control anxiety.That control lies with the brain’s executive functions, processes that handle attention, inhibition, working memory, cognitive flexibility, reasoning, problem-solving and planning.