An article by Lewis Davis and Stephen Schmidt, professors of economics, and Jack Mara ‘10 was accepted for publication in Contemporary Economic Policy. "Social Animal House: The Economic and Academic Consequences of Fraternity Membership," which uses data from a survey of Union College alumni, finds that fraternity membership decreases student grade point averages by 0.25 points on a traditional four-point scale, but simultaneously increases future income by roughly one-third. This research project began as Mara's senior thesis.
Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, recently spoke at the annual meeting for the Association for Psychological Science in Boston. "The Invisible Gorilla: From the classroom to the real world, and back again” included two studies he conducted at Union with undergraduate research students. He also spoke at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France, and the Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference.
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