Behavior and the Nervous System

Research in neuroscience and animal behavior is integrated into the BFB curriculum from early coursework in the major, to collaborative research experiences in small teams of students, to long-term student/faculty collaboration on federally-funded research project. Neuroscience and Animal Behavior students at F&M often serve as coauthors on publications and/or present their research at national meetings of professional societies in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and animal behavior (e.g., The Society for Neuroscience, The American Psychological Association; see below for additional details).

Established in 1996, the Biological Foundations of Behavior Program is staffed jointly by members of the Departments of Biology and Psychology.

It also has close ties to  Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind, an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Philosophy and Psychology Departments.

The Pulse

Story 11/29/2016

Observing How Birds Adapt in Changing Climates

From Alaska’s harsh climates and Wyoming’s high altitudes to more temperate conditions in Tennessee and New York, a Franklin & Marshall College biology professor is among a team of researchers...

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Story 11/28/2016

Studying the Social Nature of Capuchin Monkeys

Faced with two choices, each equally rewarded, the capuchins placed tokens in both striped and polka-dotted buckets. But when the dominant male favored only one type of bucket, other capuchins...

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Story 11/16/2016

New Research Suggests Male Chimpanzees Make Good Fathers

Male chimpanzees appear to play a significant role in their infants’ lives, including making sure they are protected, according to the latest primate research that challenges previous understanding...

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