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 Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is home to the CDR’s PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories.
In fall of 2018, PIMCO and the CDR announced a partnership in support of CDR’s behavioral science research. In recognition of this investment in research, Chicago Booth’s CDR 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.
Director of Lab Services
Rebecca (Becky) oversees the operations of the CDR 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 the CDR’s research operations at Mindworks, the world’s first behavioral science discovery center in the heart of Chicago’s cultural corridor downtown. She leads the CDR’s engagement strategy and programming for students, alumni, and the general public. Jasmine has an MBA and AB from the University of Chicago.Jasmine Kwong
James is responsible for translating behavioral science research into interactive, engaging, and accessible experiences for the community at Mindworks. As a principal researcher at the Chicago Booth Center for Decision Research, he also conducts research on moral courage and the psychological barriers that keep people from acting on their convictions.James Dungan
Zen serves as a research project manager for studies conducted by faculty, graduate students, and principal researchers at the Center for Decision Research. She is also responsible for managing inventory and accounting records at Mindworks. Her research interests are quantitative methodologies for social sciences and game theory.Zen Nguyen
Lab Research Assistant
Andrea supports operations and research projects conducted at Mindworks. She also assists in communication and recruitment efforts for the CDR's labs. Andrea joined the CDR 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
Research Professional, Operations & Outreach
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 CDR labs. Katerina previously worked for the CDR as a research assistant while completing her MA at the University of Chicago.Katerina Townsend
Web-Based Research Programmer
As the CDR's Web-Based Research Programmer, 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
Mindworks welcomes visits and inquiries from members of the press. Please contact Mark Temelko, director of communications at the Center for Decision Research: email@example.com or 773-834-5284.