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 10/14/2021

Research Fair: Learning English Online During the Pandemic

Intrigued by survey results and inspired by her connection to language learning, junior Lauren Chen explored COVID-19 and its impact on adult English language learners’ interest in taking online...

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Story 4/9/2021

Always Handle Reptiles With Care

A research project to evaluate whether positive human interactions improve the welfare of leopard geckos led to questions on how to handle the lizrds without causing them stress.

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Story 7/15/2020

Do Chimpanzees Grieve Like Humans?

A study of wild chimpanzees led by an F&M professor and her student researchers suggest that chimpanzees may grieve similarly to humans.

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