The Behavioral Neuroscience Program is largely focused on mechanisms of cortical processing and plasticity, using animal models. This focus encompasses processes ranging from those underlying sensory perception, to those underlying cognition and high level process, such as language production or learning and memory. The plasticity ranges from the immediate genetic, biochemical and synaptic changes underlying episodic learning, to the slower and longer lasting neural changes underlying cortical processing in the newborn as well as those underlying the declines in abilities that may occur with aging. Current members of the Program study animal models of memory formation, impulse control and hunger/feeding/satiety homeostasis, and disorders including autism, post-traumatic stress and anxiety, fetal alcohol syndrome and obesity.

Graduate students in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program also participate in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program, providing interactions with faculty and graduate students who focus primarily on cellular and molecular questions.

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Courses and syllabi | Faculty specializing in Behavioral Neuroscience.