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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 looking into a microscope
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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

Kathryn Hiolski in the MACLab

Kathryn Hiolski | Faculty Mentor: Bob McMurray

Kathryn Hiolski, a December graduate in the Department of Psychology, first became interested in research her sophomore year. After encouragement from her advisor, she searched for a cognitive research lab that she could join. Hiolski became a student research assistant in the Mechanisms of Audio-Visual Categorization Lab (MACLab) and is currently volunteering in the lab to finish up her projects.   

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