Neuroscience and Behavior
Current research being conducted by faculty in the Program in Neuroscience includes: a) the mechanisms of sensory system development and plasticity, b) the influence of experience on learning and memory using anatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioral techniques, and c) the mechanisms by which neuroendocrine hormones influence memories for meaningful experiences.
A dominant feature of the Neuroscience Program is that students are trained to apply interdisciplinary techniques to questions of neural and endocrine influences on behavior. Thus, an individual student's project might require the use of a combination of behavioral, pharmacological, anatomical and physiological procedures. The Neuroscience laboratories, housed in the Life Sciences Annex of Gilmer Hall, are well-equipped for this multi-faceted approach to research.
The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience, together with the Departments of Biology, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology and other clinical departments within the School of Medicine. The Program in Neuroscience is designed to provide students with an understanding of the techniques and approaches used to study the nervous system. Graduate students in the Program in Neuroscience are considered members of the University of Virginia Neuroscience community and enroll in courses in the Department of Psychology, the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and other relevant departments.