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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
Approaches in Neuroscience: 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
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
Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers including Rachel Smith and David Hughes. Stigmas, once evolutionarily sound, are now bad health strategies - Full article
A mathematical model created by Penn State researchers including Peter Molenaar can predict with more than 90 percent accuracy the blood glucose levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes up to 30 minutes in advance of imminent changes in their levels – plenty of time to take preventative action. Model predicts blood glucose levels 30 minutes later - Full article
Events
Apr 23, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Christopher Moore (Brown University)
Neocortical Dynamics: From Mechanism to Meaning
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Hui Zheng (Baylor College of Medicine)
Biology and Pathophysiology of the Amyloid Precursor Protein