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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
Penn State researchers including Suzy Scherf are leveraging their collective expertise to design a computer game that could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills. Computer game could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills - Full article
An international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliates Tom Baker and Missy Hazen has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current. "Femme fatale" emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males - Full article
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows. Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts - Full article
Events
Oct 22, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Ming-Hu Han (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Cellular and Circuitry Mechanisms Underlying Behavioral Resilience to Social Stress
Oct 29, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Kyung-An Han (University of Texas at El Paso)
Neuromodulatory Mechanisms for Individual and Species Fitness
Nov 5, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Peter Gianaros (University of Pittsburgh)
How does the brain break our hearts?
Dec 3, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Carlos Lois (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Title to be announced