Cognition and Behavior Neuroscience
Cognitive neuroscience addresses the how neural circuitry gives rise to psychological functions. Powerful neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, PET, SPECT) enable new types of measurements into brain function. Combining imaging with electrophysiology and human genetic analysis allows for sophisticated experimentation to begin answering outstanding questions such as how genetics influence personality, decision making, and how thought and emotion are encoded within specific neural substrates.
Social and behavioral science are strong focus areas within neuroscience that support advanced studies in neuroeconomics, decision theory, and social neuroscience. From neurotransmitters to brain function, behavioral neuroscience applies physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms to normal and abnormal behaviors of organisms in social and environmental contexts.