PBS Update: Winter 2023

IU researchers potentially discover new way to block brain’s reward response to opioids

PBS researchers, led by Professor Andrea Hohmann, collaborated with Northeastern University chemists to test a drug candidate that was previously developed to treat alcohol addiction. Their findings show a new potential way to reduce the addictiveness of opioids without reducing their therapeutic aspects.

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Shaping NextGen Academia

At the suggestion of Ph.D. student Tobi Abubakare, Director of Graduate Studies Karin James formally established a PBS connection to the NextGen Psych Scholars Program, an online mentorship program for underrepresented students interested in pursuing Ph.D.’s in psychological and brain sciences across the U.S.

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Digital screening tool may help hospitals identify mental health problems

A new study by PBS researchers has found that about 45% of patients who visit the emergency department for physical injuries and ailments also have mental health and substance use problems that are often overlooked. It also found that patients who reported high levels of suicidal thinking and plans were more likely to have frequent emergency department visits.

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Race and Facial Perception: A $500,000 NSF grant supports a PBS project to “de-bias” facial perceptions

By measuring the way racism informs facial perception, a new study seeks to expose – in ourselves and our algorithms – racist judgments at the level of facial perception.

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In case you missed it . . .

Check out the photos of what's been going on at PBS!

Welcoming new students

August, 2022

We hosted a welcome event for Direct Admits into our majors for undergraduates as well as an ice cream social for new graduate students to get to know one another. Take a look at budding friendships that were started at these events!


Science Fest

October 22, 2022

PBS students played games and did demonstrations with Bloomington-area children to teach the basics of the psychological and brain sciences.


Alumni Award Dinner + Graduate Student Poster Session

October 28, 2022

We hosted five PBS alumni at the Indiana Memorial Union for a dinner and ceremony. This event was preceded by a poster session where graduate students shared the latest data from their research.


In the classroom + lab

Fall 2022–Winter 2023

See some snapshots of students and faculty at work!


New faculty

Four new PBS faculty members joined the department since our last edition. Get to know them at the links below!