Sian Beilock, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology

Human Performance Lab

Sian Beilock has been a professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Chicago since 2005.  She graduated with at B.S. in Coginitive Science from the University of California, San Diego and received her Ph.D in Psychology and Kinesiology from Michigan State University.  Her research program sits at the intersection of cognitive science and education. She explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations.  she uses converging methodologies in her research – ranging from behavioral performance measures (e.g., reaction time and accuracy), to physiological measures of stress (e.g., salivary cortisol), to neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI). In addition to answering basic questions about cognition, the goal of her research program is to inform educational practice and policy.