Research

The faculty of the Neuroscience and Behavior program conduct research on a broad range of topics. We actively seek and encourage undergraduates into our laboratories to provide them with hands-on experience that will help them achieve their academic and professional goals. To conduct research, students should contact the faculty member whose research program coincides with their interests.

Students may spend many years working in the same laboratory on projects or they can do a single project during the academic year or even during a summer. Often students report that doing an independent research project is the highlight of their academic experience. There are several ways for undergraduates to get financial support for their projects, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) are the most popular. Students present their work with a poster or talk at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring.

Learn more about the Neuroscience and Behavior program faculty research.

Neuroscience – What are the physiological mechanisms responsible for behavior and cognition?

  • How computational modeling can be used to understand the function of acetylcholine in the areas of the brain associated with attention and memory
  • Investigation into the impairments in cognitive functions, specifically attention, associated with common conditions such as normal aging and gender, but also Alzheimer’s dementia and schizophrenia
  • How the midline/intralaminar nuclei of the thalamus affect the capacity for attention, memory, and intentional action
  • How stress influences drug reactivity
  • The neurobiology of acoustic communication in lobsters
  • How the biological rhythms of marine animals impact their movements
  • How functional MRI can be used to investigate attentional control and cognitive flexibility

Behavior – Why do animals exhibit behaviors and how have they evolved?

  • How animals navigate and learn about their spatial environment
  • How animals form concepts
  • How hormones can influence reproduction and reproductive behavior of insects
  • Homing and orientation in lobsters and horseshoe crabs
  • Foraging behavior of cod