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  • Admissions | Division of the Social Sciences
    773 702 8415 Main Desk for Current Students 773 702 8414 Fax 773 834 3509 Admissions E mail admissions ssd uchicago edu Request More Information Staff Directory Please direct general admissions questions to admissions ssd uchicago edu Cathy Mican Admissions Associate 773 702 8415 cmican uchicago edu Foster 107 Kelly Therese Pollock Associate Dean of Students 773 795 3238 kpollock uchicago edu Foster 102 Student Life You ll find more than a world class education at the University of Chicago The same energy and excitement we have for learning extends throughout the student experience as you connect to the people and pursuits that make this your home You will join a vibrant and diverse community that shares your passions and introduces you to new ones You and your family will find the support you need as you begin the next chapter in your life And you will find inspiration in one of the world s most exciting cities Chicago Like everything at UChicago student life is engaging enriching and dynamic For an overview of everything Chicago has to offer view the This is Chicago brochure Student Research Our graduate students pursue exciting research projects all over the world You can read about some of their adventures on our SSD Student Research Blog Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion

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  • News & Media | Division of the Social Sciences
    talk The dilemma of suicide contagion 11 17 15 Peaceful Nuclear Innovation in the Andes 10 16 15 Learning to Listen Knowledge of Value in the Sound Culture Industry 10 16 15 Chef Whites and Lab Coats Embodied and Formalized Knowledge in the Culinary Arts 10 16 15 The Missing Men World War I in France 1914 1918 View the Dialogo Blog Twitter Tweets by UChicagoSSD Follow UChicagoSSD on Twitter Facebook Like UChicagoSSD on Facebook Flickr Follow UChicagoSSD on Flickr Good Reads Share book reviews and ratings with UChicagoSSD and even join a book club on Goodreads Find UChicagoSSD recommendations on Good Reads Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves Time Schedules Contacts Dean of Students Collegiate Division Master Classroom Issues Academic Technologies A V Equipment Book a Group Study Room Room Requests Solution Center Social Sciences Computing Student Issues Disability Accommodation Protocol SSD Disability Coordinator Counseling English Language Institute Harassment Plagiarism Cheating Libraries Bookstores University of Chicago Library Chicago Public Library Newberry Library Seminary Co op Bookstore University of Chicago Bookstore Close Window Departments Anthropology Comp Hum Development Economics History

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  • Resources | Division of the Social Sciences
    Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves Time Schedules Contacts Dean of Students Collegiate Division Master Classroom Issues Academic Technologies A V Equipment Book a Group Study Room Room Requests Solution Center Social Sciences Computing Student Issues Disability Accommodation Protocol SSD Disability Coordinator Counseling English Language Institute Harassment Plagiarism Cheating Libraries Bookstores University of Chicago Library Chicago Public Library Newberry Library Seminary Co op Bookstore University of Chicago Bookstore Close Window Departments Anthropology Comp Hum Development Economics History Political Science Psychology Social Thought Sociology CHSS MA Programs Collegiate Division Offices Office of the Dean Faculty Affairs Graduate Students Undergraduates Prospective Students Alumni Relations Staff Issues Functions Business Services Communications Desktop Support Facilities Faculty Search Human Resources Grants Mailroom Payroll Photocopying Procurement Research Support Room Reservations Other University Bursar Campus Life Civic Engagement Housing IT Services Laboratory Schools Library News Office Ombudsperson Registrar Research Administration Tech Transfer Research Computing Close Window Departments Anthropology Comparative Human Development Economics History Political Science Psychology Social Thought Sociology

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  • New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory | Division of the Social Sciences
    a National Institutes of Health grant which served as a primary source of funding for both of their labs and the nexus for theoretical work laying the foundation for their future research partnership As their collaboration deepened Awh and Vogel remodeled their labs at the University of Oregon and went out of their way to create open spaces that encouraged cooperation between their students and themselves Our labs are next door to each other and we usually have both opened so we or our students can easily and casually talk with each other about anything that s interesting This has a big influence on the degree to which we share our ideas said Vogel I ve become convinced over the years that collaboration needs you to take advantage of serendipitous conversations and ideas that just pop up over the course of the day Awh added It s really hard to get that kind of cohesion if we have to make appointments to talk with each other The design of their new lab at UChicago is strongly shaped by the positive experiences they have I think it s really effective said Awh We always use each other as a sounding board Our teams our students and postdocs are working together and are integrated in a productive way Awh s recent research has found evidence of a significant intersection between the systems behind perceptual selection and the systems that actively maintain information in working memory Vogel specifically has focused on how visual working memory functions in relation to selective attention processes Behavioral performance research is the bedrock of neuropsychology It provides the foundation for Vogel and Awh s neural activity research primarily conducted by electroencephalogram or EEG inside radio frequency shielded booths Subjects don a cap with embedded electrodes that poke through their hair and touch their scalps While they perform a memory or perceptual task the electrodes pick up electrical activity emanating from the brain We amplify those tiny signals so we can record them said Vogel and then try to understand that activity Starting with functional MRI which Awh and Vogel also use to measure neural activity and then with EEG science has made rapid advances in the ability to decode neural patterns Both researchers look forward to building bridges between various disciplines in their work at UChicago Awh expressed plans to link research on human subjects and in animal laboratories to obtain more detailed models of how cognitive processes work in the brain Vogel characterizes his work as an intersection of traditional psychology and neurobiology and sees great potential to enhance the connection between the two departments in the future UChicago has a phenomenal academic tradition said Vogel In particular what I think is really exciting about it are the vast resources and the investment in top notch research and education We re excited to come to a place where we can really push forward a broad program of neuroscience Awh added This article was originally published by the

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  • UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice | Division of the Social Sciences
    with different developmental needs different learning styles and different levels of family support Through the Science of Learning Center learning tools could be tested through lab research taken into classrooms for real life field testing then returned to the lab for refinement before becoming widely used in the classroom or incorporated into curricula she said The UChicago Science of Learning Center plans to increase educational outreach efforts and make them more effective with the goal of creating a training ground for new education professionals who would learn to meld practice and research The center focuses on understanding the cognitive dimensions of learning and how children develop attitudes toward learning as both of these factors are strong predictors of positive learning outcomes Ultimately increasing understanding of the learning process and of learners themselves is the center s focus Levine said Learners are active contributors to their own learning trajectories and teachers and parents need to engage their interests and talents as well as find ways to get them interested in important topics that may not be as appealing to them she said The University has a long history of applying groundbreaking research to teaching through the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and the Urban Education Institute which operates the four University of Chicago Charter School campuses The UChicago Science of Learning Center will collaborative with both entities For example the University s Big Ideas Generator and the Urban Network have contributed seed funding to create the UChicago Science of Learning Network which convenes monthly conversations among University researchers school and district level leaders and classroom teachers with different areas of expertise The Urban Education Institute is co sponsoring this effort Encouraging collaborations among various research efforts under the center s leadership will allow for more systematic inquiry and development of interventions Rosen said The UChicago Science of Learning Center also partners with Head Start and other agencies that work to keep preschool children on track for optimal learning particularly with literacy and math skills Levine said research repeatedly shows that early interventions can help close achievement gaps The center is engaged with the Getting on Track for School Success project which is creating formative assessments in literacy and math The assessments allow preschool teachers to understand children s learning trajectories and link their knowledge to instructional strategy The center also will assess strategies that can help throughout the learner s lifetime Students who don t get early interventions need help keeping up with their peers as do any pupils who lose ground along the way for whatever reason Programs already under way through the center such as the Successful Pathways from School to Work initiative are producing knowledge that can help improve students transition to college or the working world Families and caregivers need tools to help their children and making those tools accessible especially to people in underserved communities is a challenge the center will tackle It s a hard problem but we can t just say it s impossible

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  • Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness, study shows | Division of the Social Sciences
    predicted future CTRA gene expression measured a year or more later Interestingly CTRA gene expression also predicted loneliness measured a year or more later Leukocyte gene expression and loneliness appear to have a reciprocal relationship suggesting that each can help propagate the other over time These results were specific to loneliness and could not be explained by depression stress or social support Next the team investigated the cellular processes linking social experience to CTRA gene expression in rhesus macaque monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center which had been behaviorally classified as high in perceived social isolation Like the lonely humans the lonely like monkeys showed higher CTRA activity They also showed higher levels of the fight or flight neurotransmitter norepinephrine Previous research has found that norepinephrine can stimulate blood stem cells in bone marrow to make more of a particular kind of immune cell an immature monocyte that shows high levels of inflammatory gene expression and low levels of antiviral gene expression Both lonely humans and lonely like monkeys showed higher levels of monocytes in their blood More detailed studies of the monkey white blood cells found that this difference stemmed from expansion of the pool of immature monocytes In an additional study monkeys repeatedly exposed to mildly stressful social conditions unfamiliar cage mates also showed increases in immature monocyte levels These analyses have finally identified one reason why CTRA gene expression is amplified in the white blood cell pool increased output of immature monocytes Finally the researchers determined that this monocyte related CTRA shift had real consequences for health In a monkey model of viral infection the impaired antiviral gene expression in lonely like monkeys allowed simian immunodeficiency virus the monkey version of HIV to grow faster in both blood and brain Taken together these findings support a mechanistic model in which loneliness results in fight or flight stress signaling which increases the production of immature monocytes leading to up regulation of inflammatory genes and impaired anti viral responses The danger signals activated in the brain by loneliness ultimately affect the production of white blood cells The resulting shift in monocyte output may both propagate loneliness and contribute to its associated health risks The team plans to continue research on how loneliness leads to poor health outcomes and how these effects can be prevented in older adults Research reported in this release was supported by the National Institutes of Health under award numbers R37AG033590 P01AG18911 R01AG034052 R01AG043404 P30AG017265 P30AG028748 R01DA024441 and P51OD011107 The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness study shows See all Stories Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and

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  • Math Story Time at Home Bolsters Achievement in School | Division of the Social Sciences
    low effort high impact way Study participants included 587 first grade students and their parents Families were given an iPad installed with a version of the Bedtime Math app with which parents and their children read stories and answer questions involving math including topics like counting shapes and problem solving A control group received a reading app that had similar stories without the math content and questions related to reading comprehension instead Children s math achievement was assessed at the beginning and end of the school year Parents completed a questionnaire about their nervousness with math The more times parents and children in the math group used the app the higher children s achievement on a math assessment at the end of the school year Indeed children who frequently used the math app with their parents outperformed similar students in the reading group by almost three months in math achievement at year s end The app was especially beneficial for children of very math anxious parents whose gains in math achievement over the course of the school year were dramatic when they engaged with the math app Even infrequent use of the math app once a week improved children s math performance The study highlights the importance of engaging with math outside of the classroom For many families reading stories is a regular part of a child s home routine But when it comes to math parents widely believe that it is the responsibility of schools and they pay less attention to their child s math learning at home said Levine the Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor of Education and Society in Psychology We found brief high quality parent child interactions around math using Bedtime Math increased children s math learning during first grade Levine is an expert in cognitive development and early math learning and the inaugural director of the UChicago Science of Learning Center She is an author of Quantitative Development in Infancy and Early Childhood and Neural Plasticity and Cognitive Development Insights from Children with Perinatal Brain Injury Beilock is one of the nation s leading experts on the power of anxiety to undermine performance across a wide variety of fields from test taking to public speaking to your golf score She is the author of Choke What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting it Right When you Have To and How the Body Knows Its Mind RELATED CONTENT Parents math anxiety can undermine children s math achievement When people worry about math the brain feels the pain Math anxiety causes trouble for students as early as first grade Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety Science Math at home adds up to achievement in school This story originally published by UChicago News https news uchicago edu article 2015 10 08 math story time home bolsters achievement school Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research

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  • Parents’ Views on Justice affect Babies’ Moral Development | Division of the Social Sciences
    findings warrant further investigation to decipher what contributes to such early parent child transmission of values which may either be based on biological or socioenvironmental influences or more likely a dynamic and complex developmental interactional process between the two the authors wrote The 73 infants and toddlers who participated in the study watched brief animations depicting prosocial e g sharing helping and antisocial e g hitting shoving behavior while the authors monitored their eye movement and brain waves using electroencephalography or EEG Following the animations the developmental neuroscientists presented the babies with toys of the helping and hindering characters and observed their preferences based on reaching The infants also played a sharing game Parents answered questionnaires about their children and themselves to assess their dispositional empathy and sensitivity to justice In the current study all children exhibited larger brain waves in response to prosocial scenes than antisocial ones In addition the children were more motivated to look at good characters than bad ones as measured by eye tracking These findings add to a growing body of knowledge demonstrating that children are able to distinguish between prosocial and antisocial behavior from a very early age However the study also suggests that by 1 or 2 years of age some children perceive the difference between prosocial and antisocial behavior more strongly than others Importantly these neural differences also predicted infants behavior the children who reached toward the prosocial character toy also exhibited the greatest neural differentiation between prosocial and antisocial behavior when watching the character animations Precursors to morality in development as a complex interplay between neural socioenvironmental and behavioral facets is available online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The study was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation See more at http news uchicago edu article 2015 08 31 parents views justice affect Recent Stories New Space for Neuroscientists Ed Awh and Ed Vogel to Explore Working Memory UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research and Practice Loneliness triggers cellular changes that can cause illness study shows See all Stories Research Teaching Quick Contacts Units Getting Started Aura Conflicts of Interest Invention Disclosures UChicagoTech Quick Reference Fact Sheet Starting Centers and Large Projects Arete STEM Resources Funding Federal Opportunities Foundation Corporate Relations Grants gov NIH Commons NSF Fastlane Research Resources Animal Subjects Biosafety Book a Group Study Room Center for Decision Research Human Subjects Research Administration Seminary Co op Bookstore Survey Data Computational Resources Social Sciences Computing Center for Research Informatics Computation Institute Geographical Information Systems Humanities Research Computing Library Research Computing Center Solution Center Partners National Opinion Research Center Chapin Hall National Bureau of Economic Research Argonne National Laboratory Contacts Dean s Office VP for Research Close Window Getting Started Center for Teaching and Learning Chalk Course Packets Coursebook Ordering Deadlines Faculty Access Library Reserves Time Schedules Contacts Dean of Students Collegiate Division Master Classroom Issues Academic Technologies A V Equipment Book a Group Study Room Room Requests Solution Center

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