Behavioral Neuroscience Faculty Research Labs
The conduct of research in behavioral neuroscience seeks answers to many basic questions associated with how the nervous system is modified by experience, and how experiences are shaped by nervous system structure and organization. Currently, research in the department focuses on how drugs of abuse alter various cognitive and motivational functions. Another focus of research is the manner in which stress modifies the nervous system, and multiple cognitive, emotional, and circadian functions, or resists some of these adjustments. The development of chronic pain provides another important research area, as are new mechanisms associated with the development of seizures and other types of traumatic brain injuries, and how these can be minimized or even reversed. A recent domain of inquiry revolves around the question of how the brain controls social behaviors, and in turn how social experiences shape later behaviors and cognition. All of these investigations highlight the close relationships between the nervous system and environmental interactions.