FEATURE STORIES

WE ARE ALL ALREADY BAYESIAN. OUR SCIENCE SHOULD BE, TOO.

John Kruschke’s career as an experimental psychologist took an unexpected turn when he began to question traditional statistical methods

If you think statistics is dull and dry, and the math outright intimidating – well, you may have a point. It can be intimidating. As for dull and dry? Think again.

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A BAYESIAN CASE STUDY:

Does a teacher’s enthusiasm improve student learning?

A renaissance in the science of learning has led psychologists to uncover strategies that reliably improve student memory and testing performance. Among those strategies are spacing out study items over time, taking practice tests and self-explanation of course material. Yet, as a student, you are unlikely to include any of the above in the list of qualities you look for in a class.

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SEEKING CANINE COMPANIONS:

A study in human decision making

On most weekends, you can find PBS graduate student Sam Cohen at Bloomington Animal Care and Control, the local animal shelter, where she has volunteered for two years as a pet adoption counselor. She gets to know the dogs, talks with visitors and helps them identify which dogs they might want to adopt. But, according to Cohen, people have minds of their own when it comes to choosing their pets, and their logic is not always easy to follow.

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IN THE NEWS

PBS professor Franco Pestilli will lead a $650,000 grant

from the National Science Foundation's BRAIN Initiative, which will support a cloud-based computing platform called Brain Life that he and his team are developing. The system provides a pipeline for researchers to process data and get results. It also enables researchers to reuse data sets to develop their methods, train data scientists or test the reproducibility of results.

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Inching toward a Cure:

Part 2 of a series tracking the development of a safer, new PTSD medication

A $3 million NIMH grant places a team of researchers closer to their long-sought-after goal.

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Putting ‘Psychological and Brain Sciences’ to Work

Two new faculty, two new certificates bring sharper focus, greater scope to students’ professional goals

For PBS majors and non-majors alike, two new certificates, one in clinical psychological science and another in the psychology of business, offer a giant boost to those wishing to explore their interests and identify career possibilities in the two fields.

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Kenyan Connections

Two PBS alumni, two unique global journeys reveal the special role PBS has played in shaping their stories.

“I have met two amazing PBS graduates here in Eldoret, Kenya,” PBS chair Bill Hetrick reported during his summer travels to the IU School of Medicine’s program at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.

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