Behavioral Neuroscience is the scientific study of the relationships between the physiological processes that occur in the brain and the behavior of an organism.

The Behavioral Neuroscience area at TCU is actively engaged in variety of studies on The Behavioral Neuroscience area at TCU has a vivarium facility with capacity to hold rats, mice, and pigeons. The facility also includes laboratories for behavioral testing equipped with Skinner boxes for rats and pigeons, boxes for training in consummatory contrasts, runways, radial arm mazes, Morris water mazes, active/passive avoidance conditioning units, and activity monitoring systems, among other types of behavioral testing equipment. These units are fully automated and usually controlled by computers located in adjacent rooms. Facilities for processing video images for multiple-response recording are also available. In addition to equipment for behavioral work, TCU labs are equipped for neurosurgery, histology, HPLC, cell culture, and molecular biology.



Faculty Associated with the Behavioral Neuroscience Area


Timothy M. Barth
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Neural and behavioral mechanisms mediating recovery of function after damage to the brain

Gary W. Boehm
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neural-immune interactions, developmental neuroscience, learning and memory

Brenton G. Cooper
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physiological psychology, learning, birdsong

Kenneth J. Leising
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physiological psychology, learning

Mauricio R. Papini
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Comparative psychology of learning, behavioral and physiological analyses of frustrative nonreward, and gene-environment interactions in incentive contrast

Anna Ingeborg Pétursdóttir
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Applied behavior analysis, verbal behavior

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