Psychological + Brain Sciences


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The PBS lab may be an incubator for cutting-edge scientific exploration. But it is also a place where future plans are hatched.


For PBS major Braden King, it helped pave the way to a new city, a new field, and a promising new profession.


Feature Stories

Picture the following: You go to an eye doctor seeking a prescription for your extremely nearsighted vision. But instead of receiving eyeglasses based on your own vision, you are given a prescription based on the average person’s vision. Not surprisingly, your new pair of glasses does not greatly improve your vision.

PBS professors Linda Smith and Chen Yu, in collaboration with computer vision researchers from Georgia Tech, have received $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to lead new research that could transform our understanding of how children develop the ability to visually recognize discrete categories of objects.


In anticipation of a new book representing current state-of-the-art research on self-regulation and ego control, PBS social psychologist Edward Hirt brought together its 20 contributing writers for a conference.

On November 6th and 7th, Newman brought together about 40 participants for a neuroimaging hackathon, an event in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming and application.


On October 23 PBS stopped the clocks and reached across the years to celebrate its diverse body of alumni. For three years running the event has brought the PBS community together to enjoy a series of talks, a banquet and an awards ceremony.

Back Home Again:

The Third Annual PBS Homecoming and Alumni Recognition Day

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Multiple legacies were again made visible at the evening events when five alumni were presented with a series of awards.


From the remarkable inventions of Skyler Place that track an individual’s mental health, to the leadership of Amy Criss in her field, in Richard Shiffrin’s lab, and at her current university;  from the bold explorations of Andrea Hussong into child development and substance use disorders to Michael Shahnasarian’s distinguished and  wide-ranging career in vocational and rehabilitation psychology, career consulting business, and prolific writing; to the lifetime achievements of Kenneth Sher, a major figure in the field of addiction and alcohol use disorders who established the “research footprint” in this area at the University of Missouri.


The Program in Neuroscience commemorated its 50th anniversary with an afternoon of special talks and evening events. About 150 alumni, faculty, students, and staff joined the festivities.


Everyday frames of reference were different when the Program first began. So suggested Jonathon Crystal, Program director and PBS professor.


The year was 1965. The price of gas was 31 cents per gallon, a loaf of bread, 20 cents, a new car, about $2,600. IU tuition was $330 per year with just over 23,000 students on campus.




As part of its bicentennial celebration, IU has launched an historic campaign to raise $2.5 billion dollars across all eight campuses. Contributions to PBS count directly toward the University’s goals.

It takes many hands—and more than a few generous donors—for each student to imagine and create their future. Take the case of three undergraduate majors, 2015 graduates, whose future lives began to take shape in PBS.



Staff Spotlights

Recognizing the hard work, expertise, and commitment of the people that make PBS great.




“Cherlyn is our cheerleader! As PBS chair Bill Hetrick’s administrative assistant, Cherlyn daily juggles multiple tasks – and most are high priority – but she is always available to help when needed, whether Bill’s schedule needs rearranging, a meeting needs to be scheduled or rescheduled, questions need to be researched and answered quickly, etc.”

lana fish, human resources coordinator



“Jesse Goode truly stands out for all of the hard work and sacrifice he puts into every work week. His outstanding skills have enabled him to take care of every possible challenge put in front of him.”


Lee Deckard, manager of facilities