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Indiana University Bloomington

About the department

fmriThe mission of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is to lead scientific advances through state-of-the-art experimentation and theory with the goal of understanding how the entire brain-behavior system works, from molecular neuroscience to cognition to the social behavior of groups. Through the application of cutting-edge discoveries to real world problems, through the training of the next generation of scientists, and through training citizens who will apply their knowledge in many fields from medicine to industry to public service, the department accepts the responsibility to translate scientific knowledge into practical solutions for problems that impact human lives.

Location and Contact Information

MSB2The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is in the Psychology Building, on the corner of 10th Street and Walnut Grove Avenue, between the Kelley School of Business and the Geology Building, across from Woodlawn Field. We also have laboratory space in the new Multidisciplinary Science Building II behind our building.

Department mailing address:
1101 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone: (812) 855-2012
Fax: (812) 855-4691


Indiana University is home to the oldest continuing psychology laboratory in America, opened by William Lowe Bryan in 1888. Researchers in the department have included many break-through thinkers such as B.F. Skinner, J.R. Kantor, Esther Thelen and William K. Estes. The department continues to develop new opportunities in advanced research in the field of psychological and brain sciences.

Facts & Figures

tomjamesFACULTY: 63
1436 in Psychology and 368 in Neuroscience. More than 300 undergraduates conduct research in laboratories each year.
EXTERNAL GRANTS: In calendar year 2013: 54 awards totaling $9.3 million and ranking in the top 10 among psychology departments in the country

We collaborate with:
Program in Neuroscience
Cognitive Science Program
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
Imaging Research Facility
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior