Sian Beilock

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SILC Faculty Member and member of our Spatial Network.

Biographical Sketch: Sian Leah Beilock


 Professional Preparation

Institution                                              Field of Study                            Degree & Year

University of California, San Diego         Cognitive Science                     B.S., 1997

Michigan State University                       Cognitive Psychology               M.A., 2000

Michigan State University                       Cognitive Psychology               Ph.D., 2003

Michigan State University                       Kinesiology                               Ph.D., 2003



2008-present     Associate Professor of Psychology, Committee on Education,

                        The University of Chicago

2005-2008         Assistant Professor of Psychology, The University of Chicago

2003-2005         Assistant Professor of Psychology, Miami University of Ohio


Publications most relevant to the project


Beilock, S. L., Lyons, I. M., Mattarella-Micke, A., Nusbaum, H. C., & Small, S. L. (2008). Sports experience changes the neural processing of action language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105, 13269-13273.


Yang, S., Gallo, D., & Beilock, S. L. (2009). Embodied memory judgments: A case of motor fluency. Journal of Experiment Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 35, 1359-1365.


Beilock, S. L., Gunderson, L. A., Ramirez, G., & Levine, S. C. (2010). Female teachers’ math anxiety affects girls’ math achievement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107,1860-1863.


Beilock, S. L. (2008). Math performance in stressful situations. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 339-343.


Beilock, S. L., & Carr, T. H. (2005). When high-powered people fail: Working memory and “choking under pressure” in math. Psychological Science, 16, 101-105.


Other significant publications

Beilock, S. L. & Carr, T. H. (2001). On the fragility of skilled performance: What governs choking under pressure? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 130, 701-725.


Beilock, S. L., & DeCaro, M. S. (2007). From poor performance to success under stress: Working memory, strategy selection, and mathematical problem solving under pressure. Journal of Experiment Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 33, 983-998.


Lyons, I. & Beilock, S. L. (2009). “Beyond Quantity: Individual differences in working memory and the ordinal understanding of numerical symbols. Cognition, 113, 189-204.


Beilock, S. L. & Holt, L. E. (2007). Embodied preference judgments: Can likeability be driven by the motor system? Psychological Science, 18, 51-57.


DeCaro, M. S., Thomas, R., & Beilock, S. L. (2008). Individual differences in category learning: Sometimes less working memory capacity is better than more. Cognition, 107, 284-294.


Synergistic Activities

1. The PI has given a number of talks to teachers and educators in Chicago-based schools and around the country about her work on gender, stereotype threat, and STEM performance.

2. The PI has mentored several graduate and undergraduate honors students while on faculty at Miami University and the University of Chicago (2003-present).

3. The PI is serving on the program committee (Cognitive Track) for APS (Association for Psychological Science) for the Annual Meeting (2008-2011)

4. Service to the scientific community as ad hoc reviewer for: Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition; Psychological Science; Current Directions in Psychological Science; Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Science; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Perception and Psychophysics; Memory and Cognition; Journal of Memory and Language; Brain and Language; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; The European Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Consciousness and Cognition; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Human Factors; Developmental Psychology; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Social Cognition; Methods; Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (Editorial board); Journal of Motor Behavior; Journal of Sports Sciences; Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise; Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport; Human Movement Science; Psychology of Sport & Exercise; The Sport Psychologist; International Journal of Sport Psychology; Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal



1. Neil Albert, University of Chicago

12. Susan Levine, University of Chicago

2. Bennett Bertenthal, Indiana University

13. Alejandro Lleras, UIUC

3. David Gallo, University of Chicago

14. Clare MacMahon, Victoria University

4. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago

15. Allen McConnell, Miami University

5. Sara Gonso, Miami University

16. Howard Nusbaum, University of Chicago

6. Rob Gray, Arizona State University East

17. Robert Rydell, Indiana University

7. Arturo Hernandez, University of Houston

18. Janet Starkes, McMaster University

8. Lauren Holt, Miami University

19. Steve Small, University of Chicago

9. Rob Jackson, Hong Kong University

20. Robin Thomas, Miami University

10. William Jellison, Quinnipiac University

21. Jay Todd, University of Chicago

11. Katherine Kulp, University of Michigan

22. Mareike Wieth, Albion College


Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors

Thomas Carr, Michigan State University (Ph.D. advisor, Department of Psychology)

Deborah Feltz, Michigan State University (Ph.D. advisor, Department of Kinesiology)


Thesis Advisor

Lauren Holt; M.A. 2005, Miami University

Sonica Dillon; M.A. 2006, The University of Chicago

Ian Lyons; 2006-present, 4th year Ph.D. student, The University of Chicago

Andrew Mattarella-Micke; 2006-present, 4th year Ph.D. student, The University of Chicago

Shu-Ju Yang; 2006-present, 4th year Ph.D. student, The University of Chicago

Gerardo Ramirez, 2007-present, 3rd year Ph.D. student, The University of Chicago

Richard Redding; M.A. 2008, The University of Chicago

Marci Sammons DeCaro; Ph.D. 2009, Miami University; Now postdoc at Vanderbilt University

Kristin Rotar; M.A. 2009, The University of Chicago

Carly Kontra; 2009-present, 1st year Ph.D. student, The University of Chicago

Kay Striggow; M.A. 2010 (expected), The University of Chicago




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