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Behavioral Neuroscience at AU

Catherine Stoodley and Colin Saldanha.

AU's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, established in 2012, provides a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the study of brain function and its manifestation in behavior.

The Center strives to support neuroscience research efforts and promote collaborative interactions among neuroscientists as well as scientists from other disciplines. The Center also provides core research facilities for neuroscience research faculty and scientists from other disciplines.

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Our Vision

We envision the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience as an externally-funded and self-sustaining center that integrates psychology, biology, neuroanatomy, and physiology with chemistry, physics and mathematics to advance understanding of the cognitive, emotional, sensory, and regulatory functions that underlie the behavior of both humans and animals. The center will bring together experts from these and other disciplines in a setting where students, faculty, and other research professionals work collaboratively to generate new ideas, methods, and concepts.


Research and Training

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience supports the training goals of faculty and students in a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs include Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCaN), Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Psychology. Faculty and graduate student members of the center from each of these disciplines participate in a wide range of projects aimed at understanding the interrelationships between the brain and behavior. In addition, while not a degree-granting entity, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience sponsors activities such as special courses, symposia, and off-campus training opportunities that enhance the educational experience for students at American University.



Terry L. Davidson


Advisory Committee

  • Linda Amarante
    Graduate Student,
    Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience
  • Victoria Connaughton
  • Stefano Costanzi
  • Kathleen Gunthert
    Clinical Psychology
  • Katie Holton
    Health Studies
  • Arthur Shapiro
  • Catherine Stoodley



Center member Dr. Art Shapiro's book, the Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusion, won the best Single Volume Reference for Science published in 2017 at the American Publishers Awards!

Congratulations on receiving great recognition for an outstanding science achievement!

Linda Amarante in the lab

BCaN graduate student, Linda Amarante, recently received an award from the Cosmos Club Foundation which provides research funds for graduate students at DC/MD/VA universities and programs. Congratulations, Linda!

Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Stoodley and recent graduate of the BCaN program, Dr. Anila D'Mello, who just had a paper published in Nature Neuroscience. Their artwork was selected for the issue cover.

Congratulations to graduate student Sabrina Jones, who has been given a New Investigator Travel Award (NITA) to present her work at this year's SSIB meeting in Montreal, Quebec. Congratulations, Sabrina!

In the news: Professor Terry Davidson spoke with the LA Times about how the Western diet can affect learning and memory.


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