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Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition

Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition

Bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplines — including psychology, biology, entomology, physics and engineering — to explore how neural processes underpin animal and human cognition and behavior

The Center also offers education and training to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through courses and seminars at Penn State.

Recent publications
Researchers use fMRI and state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques to study alcohol's effects on first-year students The team, which includes several scientists affiliated with the Huck Institutes, recently completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change across students' first year of college.
Ping Li co-authors "Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide" The guide is designed to help researchers achieve success in getting their National Science Foundation (NSF) research proposals funded.
Zombie-ant fungus is under attack by hyperparasites An international research team led by Penn State professor and Huck Institutes researcher David Hughes has discovered that hyperparasitic fungi — which are not pathogens of ants — infect the zombie-ant fungi and significantly limit the viability of their spore-producing organs, thus reducing the danger posed to the colony.
News
On BBC's Newsnight, Victoria Braithwaite discusses science, business, and ethics in commercial fish harvesting. Can fish feel pain? - Full article
Ants may be able to teach us about the transmission and spread of human disease, according to a team of researchers -- led by Huck Institutes affiliate David Hughes and also including affiliates Matthew Ferrari and Ephraim Hanks -- who recently received a grant of more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation. Penn State researchers believe ants can offer human-disease insights - Full article
Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State -- including Huck Institutes affiliates Christina Grozinger, Christopher Mullin, Katriona Shea, and Reka Albert -- received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honey bees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats. Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honey bees - Full article
Events
Aug 27, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Steven J. Siegel (University of Pennsylvania)
Title to be announced
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Linda Overstreet Wadiche (UAB School of Medicine)
Title to be announced
Sep 24, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Eric A. Newman (University of Minnesota)
Title to be announced
Oct 8, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Hui Zheng (Baylor College of Medicine)
Biology and Pathophysiology of the Amyloid Precursor Protein
Oct 15, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Gregory J. Quirk (University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine)
Prefrontal-amygdala Circuits in Fear and Avoidance: The View from Puerto Rico