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 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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Story 5/25/2020

Research Fair: ‘Future Lies in Eyes of Predictor,’ F&M...

Prsni Patel is fascinated by "affective forecasting," a process in which people make predictions about their future emotions. She has been exploring how individuals often make inaccurate forecasts...

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Story 5/13/2020

Senior Finds Grandmother's Memory Distinctive to Languages

If you’re a bilingual speaker, do different languages trigger certain memories but not others? A Franklin & Marshall College senior investigated this question during an overseas journey to find his...

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