Psychology professors in the Weinberg College often serve on the dissertation committees of Kellogg doctoral students due to the similarities found within the research disciplines and the research methods training that our students receive. For instance, the study of psychology and the evidence-based understanding of the fundamentals of behavior, thought and human nature serve as the foundation to scientific study in the marketing and organizational behavior disciplines at the Kellogg School.
Social psychologists at Northwestern study the cognitive, affective, attitudinal and motivational underpinnings of social behavior, using a variety of methodologies ranging from the observation of interpersonal interactions to computerized reaction-time tasks to examination of neural activity. Research areas include prejudice, stereotyping and intergroup relations; interpersonal attraction, belonging and relationships; gender-based and cultural variations in social behavior; judgment and decision making; and self-regulation.
Kellogg students draw from the Psychology Department’s rich academic curriculum, attend research seminars by leading scholars and utilize the numerous behavioral laboratories to conduct original dissertation research. This close research relationship between the Kellogg School and Weinberg’s Psychology Department fosters a collaborative environment for scientific behavioral research and provides many opportunities for joint publication.
The Psychology Department provides a list of their experimental research laboratories online.
More information about PhD classes offered in social psychology and department-sponsored research colloquia is available online.
The Kellogg School has a long-established research relationship with Weinberg’s Sociology Department. In fact, our Management and Organizations Department offers a joint PhD program with Sociology that brings together the talents of both sets of faculty and encourages collaborations in many ways including coursework, workshops and shared research resources.
The Sociology Department uses and teaches four main methods: quantitative survey methods, historical and comparative methods, ethnographic methods and cultural analysis. These research tools are used by Kellogg students as they study issues and problems facing today’s business managers and organizations.
The Sociology Department’s curriculum and the research expertise of their faculty focus on relations between men and women, racial and ethnic groups, rich and poor, workers and managers, and the feminist, civil rights, and labor movements that grow from them. Kellogg students tap into the wealth of information found in these studies and create new models for their own dissertation research.