Cellular & Molecular

Our researchers who study cellular and molecular neuroscience use state-of-the art experimental techniques to investigate the molecular machinery driving the development, plasticity, and degeneration of the nervous system.


Cognition & Emotion

The study of the interactions between emotion and cognition are fundamental to the study of human behavior. All aspects of basic cognition, from perception to memory, to learning may be studied within the social and emotional context.

Computational Modeling & Theory

Computational Modeling & Theory

Theoretical and computational approaches are playing an increasingly important role in the study of brain and behavior, helping to bridge the wide gap between our understanding of neural mechanisms and cognitive phenomena.

Photo credit to Beier Lab

Development & Aging

One strength of the NACS program is emphasis on understanding typical neural development. Gene-environment interactions during development underlie establishment of circuits that mediate sensory, cognitive, emotional & social behaviors.

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Disorders & Treatment

NACS researchers study basic mechanisms of neural development and function in order to identify mechanisms that link genetic and experiential factors to typical and maladaptive outcomes.

Photo credit to Novick Lab

Language & Speech

The main research objective of researchers is to bridge the gap between theoretical, computational, psychological and neuroscientific models of language. Students are encouraged to pursue close connections between these different approaches.

Photo credit to Herberholz Lab

Sensory & Motor Systems

Sensory-motor integration takes the view that in many aspects of behavior, motor actions and sensory processing are inextricably linked. Examples include: walking, talking, singing, grasping, standing, etc.