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 9/22/2022

Students Reflect on Summer Fieldwork

As a new semester gives way to shorter days and cooler weather, F&M students are finding their fall rhythm. For many, the quest for knowledge continued uninterrupted over the summer.

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Story 9/2/2022

Aspiring Neuroscientist Tackles Cutting-Edge Research in...

Senior neuroscience major Beta Cai, from Shanghai, spent his summer conducting biomedical research in the pharmacology department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. We asked him to tell us more...

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Story 7/6/2022

Six Students' Quests for Summer Fieldwork and Experience

What does an F&M student do during the summer? Six students shared how donor funding empowered them to seek summer experiences that are enriching their academic journeys.

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