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The Department of Psychology is at the forefront of 21st century psychological science in the classroom and the lab. Undergraduate and graduate students alike join with the faculty in the pursuit of leading-edge research designed to unlock the human mind and brain. Browse our website to learn about our graduate and undergraduate programs, and how our research is pushing the boundaries of psychological science and impacting the larger world around us.

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  • A student in the Hank Virtual Environments Lab
  • A student giving a presentation
Illustration by John Petsel (B.F.A. '15 in graphic design).

Pigeon Power: Pigeons identify objects in the same way as infants learning words

In a new study from the University of Iowa, researchers found that pigeons can categorize and name both natural and manmade objects—and not just a few objects. Ed Wasserman, UI professor of psychology and corresponding author of the study, says the finding suggests a similarity between how pigeons learn the equivalent of words and the way children do.

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Undergraduate Profiles

Lucille Howard

Lucille Howard | Faculty Mentor: Susan Lutgendorf

Lucille Howard, a December graduate from the Department of Psychology, developed an interest for psychology in high school. Upon arrival at the University of Iowa, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to work alongside faculty and became a part of Professor Susan Lutgendorf’s lab.

“I chose to be a psychology major because I took a psychology course my senior year [of high school] and I loved it,” Howard said. “It is something I’m continually interested in. I never go to class and wish I wasn’t there.”

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