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The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences 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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Mark Blumberg, University of Iowa F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Studying The Role Of Sleep, Twitching In Sensorimotor Development

Twitching during sleep was once believed to be a byproduct of dreaming, but according to research by Mark Blumberg, University of Iowa F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, twitching during REM sleep actually helps the development of the brain in young organisms.

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Undergraduate Profiles

Carolyn Lapsey

Carolyn Lapsey | Faculty Mentor: Grazyna Kochanska

Carolyn Lapsey first became interested in psychology when she took a psychology course in high school. She didn't know at the time that a few years down the road she would find a way to combine her interest in psychology with her love for children. In May 2015, Lapsey graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in social work and human relations, along with a certificate in critical cultural competence. 

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