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.

Grants totaling nearly $2M support Rice research of NASA training and selection process

Rice psychology researchers will play a role in NASA’s future deep-space exploration, thanks to two new grants from the space agency totaling $1.8 million. The researchers will help NASA streamline its astronaut selection and training process for long-term missions and aim to reduce human-performance risks associated with long-duration space exploration.

It’s not #TheDress, but a new illusion is stumping the public

Last year the Internet was taken by storm with an image of a dress that some people saw as gold and white but others saw as blue and black. A possible successor to #Dressgate was recently posted to Facebook, and according to some media, the black-and-white image has puzzled “thousands.” But psychologist James Pomerantz can explain why people might be confused.

Rice psychologist recognized for distinguished scientific contributions

Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair & Professor of Psychology, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award presented annually by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Salas received the award at a ceremony during the organization’s annual meeting.

Hebl wins national teaching award

Rice psychology professor Michelle “Mikki” Hebl is the winner of Baylor University’s 2016 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, one of the country’s top collegiate teaching honors. The award program is designed to honor great teachers, stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching and encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers.