Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience

Faculty in the BEN area seek to understand the brain mechanisms of 
behavior and cognition, including sensation and perception, 
communication, social behavior, and learning and memory. We emphasize 
comparative, developmental and evolutionary approaches to understanding 
animal behavior and its construction by neural systems. Core questions 
include: How do neural circuits represent information and generate 
behavior? How do social, developmental and situational factors influence 
cognition, behavior, and the neural systems that underlie them? What are 
the mechanisms (neural, genetic, endocrine, and behavioral) that enable 
animals (including humans) to produce behavior that is appropriate for 
their ecological context?