We deliver an immersive experience designed to further the scientific understanding of human behavior and help visitors improve their lives.
Free and open to all, Mindworks is a working laboratory and interactive discovery center that welcomes the public to participate in, and learn about, behavioral science research, findings, and real-world applications.
Mindworks has two primary goals:
Better understand human behavior by engaging a large and diverse group of research participants
Empower visitors to improve their lives and communities using insights from behavioral science
Mindworks is operated by the Roman Family Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is home to the center's PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories.
In fall of 2018, PIMCO and the Roman Family Center announced a partnership in support of behavioral science research. In recognition of this investment in research, the center's laboratories were renamed the PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories. The PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories will yield scientific discoveries with the potential to improve individual and social welfare.
Mindworks is made possible by the generous philanthropic support of PIMCO.
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Mindworks is a one-of-a-kind experience where people can learn more about how their own minds work and, at the same time, contribute to groundbreaking science as participants. It’s a unique hands-on behavioral science lab where you can both study and be studied simultaneously. The center expands research beyond the ivory tower and into our everyday lives.
Rebecca (Becky) oversees the operations of the center's research labs and partnership data-collection sites. Becky has a PhD in quantitative psychology from the Ohio State University, with a focus on the study of judgment and decision-making, and she is also an adjunct professor of behavioral science at Chicago Booth.Rebecca White
Jasmine Kwong oversees research operations at Mindworks, the world’s first behavioral science discovery center in the heart of Chicago’s cultural corridor downtown. She leads Mindworks' engagement strategy and programming for students, alumni, and the general public. Jasmine has an MBA and AB from the University of Chicago.Jasmine Kwong
Yui helps facilitate research for faculty, students, and researchers at the Roman Family Center for Decision Research. She also trains and manages research assistants and helps ensure the visitor experience is engaging and interactive. Yui has her BS in Health Sciences from DePaul University and her MS and OTD from UIC.Yui Ito
Don manages research professionals who carry out research operations in the Mindworks Labs and oversees the operations that support research. Don is a part-time MBA student at Booth and previously served as Lab Manager for Nicholas Epley.Donald Lyons
Dylan helps to advance research for faculty, researchers, and collaborators at the Roman Family Center for Decision Research. Dylan gained his BS in Psychology (Neuroscience Track) and BA in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and he earned his MA (Psychology Concentration) from the University of Chicago.Dylan Morrow
Lab Research Assistant
Andrea supports operations and research projects conducted at Mindworks. Andrea joined the center as a research assistant through the HBCU & HSI Bridge Scholarship Program at the Graham School after graduating from the University of Puerto Rico with a BA in Psychology.Andrea Rivera-Martinez
Katerina helps manage the day-to-day operations at Mindworks as well as the research projects that come through the lab. She also manages outreach and communications efforts for the Roman Family Center labs. Katerina previously worked for the center as a research assistant while completing her MA at the University of Chicago.Katerina Townsend
Senior Web Applications Developer
As the Roman Family Center's Senior Web Applications Developer, Adam develops and troubleshoots research applications. He focuses on both client- and server-rendered, modern web app frameworks and is lead developer of the MyCDR study management app. Adam received his BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified professional programmer.Adam Vargas
Lab Research Assistant
Jenna supports operations and research projects conducted at Mindworks. Additionally, she assists in centering and supporting the Mindworks visitor experience. Jenna comes from a hospitality background, has her BA in International Relations from Grand Valley State University, and her MA from the University of Chicago.Jenna Williams
Mindworks welcomes visits and inquiries from members of the press. Please contact Mark Temelko, director of operations and external relations at the Roman Family Center for Decision Research: email@example.com or 773-834-5284.