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There are several main areas of emphasis in the Behavioral Neuroscience program, including:

  • Neuronal mechanisms mediating cognitive functions and cognitive disorders
  • Neurophysiological correlates of learning and memory
  • Recovery of function after damage to the developing and aging nervous system
  • Genetic and environmental interactions on cognition
  • Animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Endocrine and immune system effects on brain development
  • Effects of stress on cognitive, behavioral, and endocrine processes
  • Neurobiological interactions between anxiety, stress and cognition
  • Neural and hormonal regulation of social behaviors
  • Social and physiological factors underlying affect and emotion