Social Sciences

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Public health researchers at Indiana University received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Indiana State Department of Health to study the cost benefit of new, innovative strategies to reduce smoking during pregnancy. One of the Indiana State Department of Health’s top three initiatives is to lower the state’s infant mortality rate, which is sixth worst […]

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Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Maurer School of Law  have been awarded a four-year, $763,686 grant to study whether family mediation is a safe alternative to court-based litigation in cases with a history of intimate-partner violence. The award comes from the National Institute of Justice, which is the […]

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An unprecedented study of preterm birth suggests that only some of the problems previously associated with preterm birth are actually caused by preterm birth itself. The new study by Indiana University Bloomington researchers confirms the strong link between preterm birth and the risk of infant and young adult death, autism ,and ADHD. But it also […]


To boldly go …

August 13, 2013

“With over 500 million active users in 2012, Twitter now represents a new frontier for the study of human behavior.” When I read this sentence in the summary of a new paper by IU Bloomington sociologists and informaticists, I couldn’t help but hear echoes of the Star Trek mission (“Space: the final frontier … to boldly […]

Supporting new science

August 12, 2013

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A group of young anthropology researchers takes its research to the public through a crowd-funding website designed specifically for supporting new science.


Sit less. Move more. Now.

August 5, 2013

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Researchers at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington have found that a simple program using pedometers to monitor how much people move throughout the day was effective at increasing physical activity, decreasing sitting time, and helping participants drop some pounds. Sitting still, it turns out, may be one of the worst things we can do […]


Strange bedfellows

July 16, 2013

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They tangled together in a 250 million-year-old burrow: the sleeping, cat-size mammal forerunner Thrinaxodon liorhinus and the slightly smaller amphibian Broomistega putterilli that crawled in after, suffering from labored breathing caused by fractures on seven ribs. Indiana University Bloomington anthropologists have now helped solve the mystery of these ancient strange bedfellows. An international team of scientists […]


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An Indiana University professor’s new paper looks at how people write to break up today, including through texts, emails, and social media. According to Ilana Gershon, associate professor of communication and culture in IU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the medium is partly the message when it comes to breaking off relationships. “It wasn’t until after […]

Shop smart(er)

May 24, 2013

Nearly 20 years ago, when I was living in Boston and marketing expert Raymond Burke was teaching at Harvard University, I participated in one of his lab’s experiments. Burke, who is now E.W. Kelley Chair of Business Administration and director of the Customer Interface Laboratory at IU Bloomington, has been using cutting-edge technologies to test what […]


This fall, the IU Bloomington Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences celebrates its 125-year anniversary. Before then, you can catch up on the distinguished history of the department with this brief video produced by the department: A brief History of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from IU Psych on Vimeo.