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Darcy Waller gets wired up

Study Finds That a Surprise Stimulus Helps People Stop an Action

Imagine reaching to pet your cat, and it hisses at you. How does your brain take stock of the sound and communicate with your body to pull back your hand?

Neuroscientists are interested in how the brain communicates with the motor system to help your body stop an action. This communication is vital because it helps us avoid surprises and react to potentially dangerous or unforeseen circumstances.

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Leela Sathyaputri | BA 2018, Psychology

Leela Sathyaputri | BA 2018, Psychology

Leela Sathyaputri, who hails from Iowa City, won the competition to be the student speaker at the December 2018 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony. She is graduating with High Distinction and University Honors, having completed the major in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has been on the Dean’s List throughout her time at Iowa, and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious honor society in the liberal arts.

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