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

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