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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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  • A student in the Hank Virtual Environments Lab
  • A student giving a presentation
texting pedestrians

UI Studies Safer Road Use By Texting Pedestrians

Would you trust a warning sent by a car?

University of Iowa researchers want to know the answer to this question and others in order to make the nation’s roads safer. That’s why Anna (not her real name) is participating in a study by crossing a virtual street at the UI’s Hank Virtual Environments Lab. Located in MacLean Hall on the UI campus, the Hank Lab allows pedestrians to encounter realistic traffic situations in a safe, computer-simulated environment.

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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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