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 12/1/2017

All Eyes on Primate Behavior

An unconventional partnership flourishes in F&M’s Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building 

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Story 11/9/2017

Captive Whales and Dolphins: Life Beyond Concrete Tanks

​Lori Marino, Ph.D. President of the Whale Sanctuary Project Since the release of the popular documentary Blackfish, of which Dr. Marino was featured, the public has become more aware of the...

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Story 9/28/2017

Fondness for Felines Causes Catastrophe, Speaker Says

Peter Marra, author of “Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer,” told an F&M audience on Sept. 28 that the predatory nature of cats is wrecking the ecosystem.

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