Research in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences focuses on the topics and challenges that attract students to our majors in psychology and neuroscience. PBS faculty are working to map the brain, understand the human mind, combat social ills, and use the power of psychological science to develop and disseminate highly effective treatments for mental and behavioral health problems.
Undergraduate participation in research is supported by faculty mentors, grants and scholarships, and by opportunities for students to present their results at conferences or publish in journals - including the IU Journal of Undergraduate Research (IUJUR).
About 300 undergraduates take advantage of the opportunity to conduct research with PBS faculty members each year.
Exactly what you might do as a PBS research assistant (RA) depends on the lab to which you apply. You may help create materials used in a study, recruit or interview participants, or analyze data. You'll have support - members of the lab will show you the ropes.
Why should you get involved in Psychological & Brain Sciences research?
- Research opportunities in faculty labs are the primary way that psychology and neuroscience majors can receive personal mentoring from faculty. The student-faculty interaction can enrich your academic experience and professional development.
- Research experience is valuable preparation for the job market & graduate school.
- You'll network with other highly motivated undergraduate students and can share information about internships, careers, and more.
- Earning course credit by working on a PBS faculty member's research team may count as your capstone course - required for the psychology or neuroscience degree.