psychology

pigeon detects cancer

CNN Pigeons as cancer detectors

A new study has found that pigeons are nearly as good as people at distinguishing cancerous breast tissue from normal breast tissue. The findings add to previous research into pigeons’ remarkable ability to discriminate between complex visual images and may lead to the birds being trained as medical image observers.

Pigeon performing striking text

One very brainy bird

Study finds pigeons uncommonly good at distinguishing cancerous from normal breast tissue
A new study has found that pigeons are nearly as good as people at distinguishing cancerous breast tissue from normal breast tissue. The findings add to previous research into pigeons’ remarkable ability to discriminate between complex visual images and may lead to the birds being trained as medical image observers.
row of violins

The fittest fiddle

UI researchers study violin evolution via function and fancy
UI researchers say behavior, particularly psychologist Edward Thorndike’s law of effect, is the foundational principle behind the evolution of the violin and other handmade inventions. Simply put, behaviors that are followed by positive outcomes tend to be repeated.
Graduating seniors reflect on their faculty mentors

Professors' guidance pays off

Graduating seniors reflect on their faculty mentors
Three UI graduating seniors sat down with their mentors to reflect on their four years at Iowa.

From pristine lab to noisy classroom...and back

Hawkeye Lunch and Learn event set for April 28 in Des Moines
Bob McMurray (psychology, linguistics, and communication sciences and disorders) will present "From the pristine lab to the noisy classroom, and back again: How the cognitive science of learning can impact teaching, and how the classroom can impact cognitive science" at the next Hawkeye Lunch and Learn event in Des Moines.

Honors Moore elected Psychonomic Society chair

Psychology's Cathleen Moore has been elected 2016 chair of the Psychonomic Society’s governing board. She will begin as chair-elect in 2015 and assume her role as chair the next year.

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