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 9/28/2017

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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Story 9/28/2017

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

​Peter Marra, Ph.D. Center Head of the Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Institution Peter Marra, Ph.D., head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, discusses the effects of free-ranging cats...

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Story 6/14/2017

Mathematics Models Provide Insight Into Brain Function

A room in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is not where you would expect to find research on the neurological pathways of brain function; however, for a Franklin & Marshall...

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