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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
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa. Zombie ant fungi manipulate hosts to die on the 'doorstep' of the colony - Full article
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
Events
Aug 27, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Steven J. Siegel (University of Pennsylvania)
EEG Biomarkers of Therapeutic Response in Animal Models of Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Linda Overstreet Wadiche (UAB School of Medicine)
Adult-born Neurons: Hyperexcitable and Hyperselective
Sep 24, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Eric A. Newman (University of Minnesota)
Conversations Between Glial Cells, Neurons, and Blood Vessels in the Normal and Diabetic Retina
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