Boaz Keysar

Lab Director

Chair of the Cognition group, Prof. Keysar conducts research about how people communicate, negotiate and make decisions. Many of his discoveries reveal systematic reasons for miscommunication and misunderstandings. For example, his research shows that people overestimate their ability to communicate accurately, and counter to what people tend to think, we miscommunicate even more with those who are more familiar to us. Keysar publishes his work in leading journals such as Psychological Science and Psychological Review, and his honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, major Federal research grants from National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation and a Fulbright Scholarship. 


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Psychology, 1989

  • M.A., Princeton University, Psychology, 1987

  • B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Psychology and Philosophy, 1984

Academic Appointments:

  • Chair, Cognition program, 2005-present

  • Professor, The University of Chicago, July 2002 - present

  • Associate Professor, The University of Chicago, July 1995 - June 2002

  • Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago, July 1991 - June 1995

  • Post-doctoral Scholar, Stanford University, September 1989 - June 1991