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Samuelson: Let children play with food

WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Samuelson: Let children play with food
messy baby

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

pigeon pecking at computer screen

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

UI research shows children adjust risk perceptions when parents explain danger

baby on skateboard

New UI research shows that parents who explain and guide their children through a conversation about the dangers of risky behavior were more likely to see positive results. Story from: Science World Report

Science World Report

Safety first, children

A young boy does dangerous things: play with matches, climbs unsteady objects and chops wood

Children are experts at getting into danger. So, how can parents help prevent the consequences? One answer, University of Iowa researchers say in a new study, is for parents to better understand how their children rate hazards and then use conversation to explain why certain situations can be dangerous. Results appear in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Story

In one ear and out the other

illustration of sound waves next to a human ear

Why do we not remember what we hear? University of Iowa researchers may have an answer: In experiments, the team found we forget a sound as soon as four to eight seconds after being exposed to it. The finding suggests our brain may process auditory information differently than visual and tactile information. Results appear in the journal PLoS One. Story


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