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Iowa has been at the forefront of psychological research and training for a century, and we still lead today. Our students learn about the field in the classroom and laboratory, and out in the community, developing skills that help them stand out among their peers.

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Profiles & Research

The department's commitment to research excellence is matched by a commitment to providing outstanding research and professional training for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

Research in the News

The New Yorker: What are dreams for?

Mark Blumberg, chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa, discusses his research into the connections among REM sleep, twitches, and dreams in The New Yorker.

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CLAS psychology professor awarded two NIH grants totaling $7.3 million

Professor Bruce Bartholow, who joined the University of Iowa over the summer, has two upcoming research projects funded by significant grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Assistant professors McCleery and Baran stand in front of PIER Program poster

PBS faculty provide psychosis intervention series to UI students, community through research project

Professors Amanda McCleery and Bengi Baran launched a program to help people in the University of Iowa community who are experiencing negative mental health symptoms.  

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University of Iowa researchers confirm stress link in the brain

Professor Jason Radley and his team published a paper that significantly advances our understanding of how the medial prefrontal cortex modulates a midbrain structure to determine how animals, including humans, respond to stressful situations. 

Héctor Sánchez Meléndez working at a computer in the UI Psycholinguistics Lab, located in the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic

Learning to decode the brain

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Héctor Sánchez Meléndez made up his mind to study the brain and go to medical school. But as a neuroscience major at the University of Iowa, he discovered a passion for research. Now, he wants to establish a lab back home.

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News and Announcements

CLAS psychology professor retires after 50 years of research at Iowa

Friday, February 9, 2024
Alan Kim Johnson, a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, retired in December after 50 years at the University of Iowa. Johnson also held appointments in two other departments.

Former Graduate Student Awarded APA Dissertation Award

Thursday, February 8, 2024
Former graduate student, Ellen O'Donoghue, PhD, was recently awarded the APA Division 25 SEAB Dissertation Award in Basic Research for her dissertation "A Comparative Investigation into the Mechanisms that Support Multidimensional Categorization.”

Upcoming Events

Big Ten Neuroscience Seminar Series

Friday, March 15, 2024 12:00pm to 1:30pm
The Big Ten Neuroscience Seminar Series highlights trainees and junior faculty from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in neuroscience. We meet virtually once each month—featuring one Big Ten institution—for presentations and discussion/networking. Seminars are scheduled for afternoons on the third Friday of each month. Zoom link is provided by the host institution. If not added in the event listing, please email iowa-neuroscience-institute@uiowa.edu the week of the seminar to...

Psychological and Brain Sciences Spence Lecture: Elizabeth Buffalo, University of Washington

Friday, March 22, 2024 3:30pm
Psychological and Brain Sciences Building
Psychological and Brain Sciences Spence Lecture. Elizabeth Buffalo, Wayne E Crill Endowed Professor, and Chair, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington. [Dr. Buffalo's colloquium has been moved to the Fall 2024 Semester.] The Spence Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in honor of the late Professor Kenneth W. Spence, chair of the department from 1942-1964.

Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium: Paul Frankland, University of Toronto

Friday, March 29, 2024 3:30pm
Psychological and Brain Sciences Building
Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium Paul Frankland, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
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