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Blumberg honored with a MERIT Award

Mark Blumberg, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, has been honored with a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, becoming only the second faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to ever receive this honor. Story

Always stressed? Beware—it'll affect your short-term memory in old age

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In older adults, an excess of the stress hormone cortisol has been linked to increased short-term memory loss—that's according to a new study by researchers at the University of Iowa. Story from: Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Stress hormone linked to short-term memory loss as we age

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A new UI study reports a potential link between stress hormones and short-term memory loss in older adults. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that having high levels of cortisol—a natural hormone in our body whose levels surge when we are stressed—can lead to memory lapses as we age. Story

Samuelson: Let children play with food

WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Samuelson: Let children play with food
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It seems like a mess just waiting to happen, but Larissa Samuelson, UI associate professor of psychology, is demonstrating that playing with one's food might be a beneficial part of the learning process. Story from: WAMC Northeast Public Radio

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Wasserman: 'We need a dose of humility in our evaluation of other species'


The ability to extract important information from a busy environment has long been thought to be a hallmark of human intelligence, but new UI research suggests that pigeons, and likely other creatures too, are also able to make quick decisions about which objects belong in certain groups. Story from: Discovery News

Discovery News

Showcasing undergraduate research at Iowa

Erin Church, Psychology MajorErin Church discusses her undergraduate research in psychology.

University of Iowa student Erin Church discusses the undergraduate research opportunities she's had working with associate professor Teresa Treat in the UI Department of Psychology. Video

Child development researcher Charles Nelson to speak April 11

Charles A. Nelson III from Harvard University will deliver the 2014 Spiker Memorial Lecture, “The Effects of Early Deprivation on Brain and Behavioral Development” Friday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m. in C107 Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Story

Pigeons can place objects in categories, UI study finds

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Researchers at University of Iowa and colleagues found that pigeons, like humans, use selective attention to look at specific features of an object. The ability to locate unique signs helps the birds accomplish the task of sorting objects just like humans. Story from: Nature World News

Nature World News

Great minds think alike

Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And humans aren’t the only ones up to the task. According to UI researchers, pigeons share our ability to place everyday things in categories. Results are published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Story

To keep kids safe, explain, explain, explain


Learning not to touch a hot stove, or climb up on a steep roof in search of a lost baseball is key to making it through childhood unscathed; new UI research suggests that parents can help their kids understand these risks with explanations, not orders. Story from: Live Science

Live Science


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