Neural Basis of Behavior

The Neuroscience Institute has many researchers who investigate the neural basis of behavior at varying levels. A major research focus is on social behavior, which is facilitated by the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. There is also a particular strength in neuroendocrinology, the study of how hormones affect the brain and behavior. There are researchers who follow a biopsychology approach to understanding behavior, where animal models of human conditions are studied and those how use a neuroethology approach, where neural mechanisms underlying the natural behaviors of animals are studied.

Core Faculty members

ealbers-mediaAlbers, Elliott
Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Behavior, Vasopressin
lcarruth-mediaCarruth, Laura
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Science Education
dcox-mediaCox, Daniel
Developmental Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Genetics, Neurogenomics, Epigenetics, Drosophila
gcymbalyuk-mediaCymbalyuk, Gennady
Neural circuits, dynamical systems, central pattern generators
Cymbalyuk Lab
cderby-mediaDerby, Charles
Sensory Biology, Chemical Senses, Neuroethology
Derby Lab
gdevries-mediade Vries, Geert
Neuroendocrinology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Neurobiology
de Vries – Forger Lab
dedwards-mediaEdwards, Donald
Neuroethology, Computational Neuroscience
Edwards Lab
kfrantz-mediaFrantz, Kyle
Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology
bhopkins-mediaHopkins, William
Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Language, Evolution of Hemispheric Specialization
khuhman-mediaHuhman, Kim
Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology
Huhman Lab
pkatz-mediaKatz, Paul
Evolution of Neural Circuits, Central Pattern Generators, Molluscan Nervous Systems, Transcriptomics
Katz Lab
Angela MabbMabb, Angela
Molecular Neuroscience, Neurological Disorders
Mabb Lab
amurphy-mediaMurphy, Anne
Sex and Age Differences in Analgesia
Murphy Lab
spallas-mediaPallas, Sarah
Developmental Neurobiology, Neural Plasticity, Visual and Auditory Neurophysiology
Pallas Lab
mparent-mediaParent, Marise
Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Energy Homeostasis
Parent Lab
apetrulis-mediaPetrulis, Aras
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Social Neuroscience, Chemical Communication
Petrulis Lab
wwilczynski-mediaWilczynski, Walter
Social Neuroscience, Neuroethology, Behavioral Endocrinology

Associate Faculty members

Anderson, Page, Psychology
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders; clinical outcome research; virtual reality; interface of culture and anxiety
Bartness, Tim, Biology
Neural control of fat, Obesity reversal
Brosnan, Sarah, Psychology
Economic decision making behavior in primates; social cognition; evolution of behavior; inequity responses; cooperation; social comparison; ‘irrational’ behaviors
Kleider-Offutt, Heather, Psychology
Eyewitness memory, false memory and memory suggestibility, face recognition, heuristic recollection processes and stereotyping as it relates to memory error
Latzman, RobertPsychology
Temperament/personality; Cognitive and affective neuroscience, nonhuman primate models of personality and psychopathology; Developmental psychopathology
Roseberry, Aaron, Biology
Neurobiology of Feeding and Food Reward
Turner, Jessica, Psychology
Analysis and representation of cognitive neuroimaging and genetic data
Washburn, David, Psychology
Comparative cognition, attention and executive function, individual differences in training and decision making