Emphases and Goals
The program in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior (NAB) approaches topics within the areas of
neuroscience, physiological psychology, acquired behavior, and ethology as a unified entity. Thus, the
emphasis is on behavior as a biological phenomenon. Research in neuroscience and physiological
psychology explores brain-behavior relationships; research on acquired behavior studies the on-going
and evolutionary factors influencing individual adaptations; and ethological studies are concerned with
understanding how animals function in their natural environment. The blend of these concerns in the NAB
program represents our conviction that a comprehensive understanding of behavior requires knowledge of
the why and how of natural behavior, the manner in which the current environment influences behavior, and
the neural and physiological processes underlying both. Our research is conducted primarily with animal
subjects, although human studies are also performed by some of our faculty, and we seek to apply findings
to understanding human as well as animal behavior and cognition.
Students with strong research interests in the neural and evolutionary bases of behavior, animal
cognition, behavioral endocrinology, sensory processes, social behavior and communication, and the
interrelations between these areas are especially encouraged to apply for admission.
For more information on the NAB program, please explore the links above. Questions may be directed to Dr. Donna Maney, NAB Program Director.