A number of labs at Brown specialize in understanding how animals and humans use sensory percepts to make sense of the world. This research not only spans various sensory modalities (vision, olfaction, taste, etc.) but also tackles problems at various levels of analysis. For example, some labs address questions about vision at the level of retinal ganglion cells while others assess top-down cognitive influences on object recognition. Research in this area is supported by various centers at the Carney Institute, such as the Center for Vision Research, and the COBRE Center for Central Nervous System Function.
Neuroscience research at Brown spans a wide range of research specialties, including Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Neural Circuits, Sensation and Perception, Cognition and Behavior, Computation in Brain and Mind, and Neuroengineering and Neurotechnology. Each builds on Brown's national and international reputation, and brings together faculty from many departments at Brown. Students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program frequently conduct research that spans several of these areas.