Integrating the Study of Mind, Brain, Behavior, and Language

Our aim is to represent a leading center for the multidisciplinary study of mind, brain, behavior, and language - including such phenomena as perception, thinking, learning, memory, attention, action, personality, speech, language processing, and linguistic structure. The department examines the functional organization of these capacities, the representational and computational processes that underlie them, their neural bases, their development across the lifespan, and how they shape individual and social behavior. (See more...)


How do we integrate higher-order cognitive processes & actions? How do we select an appropriate action, given our goals? A stroke leads to resolution of foreign accent syndrome. Using electrophysiology & optogenetics to probe memory. Using an immersive virtual environment to test perception & action. Which variables influence control over learning and action? New software automatically identifies behaviors of laboratory mice. How do we make decisions and learn from experience? Searching for memory. How do people decide to blame others for their behavior?

Upcoming Events

  • Christine Gamble Ph.D. Defense Download Christine Gamble Ph.D. Defense to my desktop calendar

    June 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM Title: The dynamic interplay between target size perception and visually-guided action Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Open to the Public, Dept: CLPS, Audience, Departments
  • RI-CART Speaker Series: Issues Affecting Adults with Autism - Dr. Laura Lewis Download RI-CART Speaker Series: Issues Affecting Adults with Autism - Dr. Laura Lewis to my desktop calendar

    June 27, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM RI-CART Speaker Series: Issues Affecting Adults with Autism - Dr. Laura Lewis You are invited to attend the RI-CART Speaker Series featuring Dr. Laura Lewis, autism researcher and Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Vermont. This event is free and open to the public! The event will be held at Bradley Hospital at 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence, RI. Let the receptionist at the main entrance know you are here for the RI-CART Speaker Series. The talk will be held in the Pine Room on the main floor. Laura Lewis is a nurse, researcher, and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Vermont. Dr. Lewis became interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) after a family member was diagnosed with ASD in adulthood. Since then, she has been using qualitative research methods to explore the experiences of adults with ASD, including phenomena such as delayed diagnosis, self-diagnosis, experiences of having meltdowns or shutdowns, and issues affecting individuals with ASD who identify as gender or sexual minorities. She is particularly interested in symptom variance among underrepresented populations of individuals with ASD including adults and females, improving diagnostic instruments for these populations, promoting self-advocacy among adults with ASD, and improving quality of life for couples affected by ASD. Dr. Lewis’ clinical background is in hematology and oncology. Originally from Connecticut, she now lives in Vermont with her husband and daughter and enjoys spending time with her family in her free time. >> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details SSRI, PH-behavioral, PH-hspp, PH-masters, HCHII, NSGP (Neuroscience Graduate Program), Medical School, Open to the Public, Dept: Neuroscience, Dept: CLPS, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, PublicHealth, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, BioMed: WIM, AMS: GrandRounds, Departments, Lectures