Brain and Behavior

Our brain – and how we use it to live our lives to the fullest– is at the center of ASU’s knowledge enterprise. When our brains are healthy, we incubate new ideas, find solutions to life’s challenges and create new forms of art, technology and exploration. 

Two of the largest academic science units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Life Sciences and the Department of Psychology–with more than 26,000 students–offer degrees and a range of undergraduate research experiences in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral sciences, as well as an interdisciplinary graduate program in neuroscience for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This program emphasizes an approach that integrates molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive analysis - to investigate basic, translational and clinical questions about the relationship between brain and behavior. 

In addition, ASU's programs, centers and institutes strive to create new knowledge and methods, cultivate public discourse, offer particular insight into the history, social impact and ethical challenges of advancements of technological and scientific discovery and the informed development of law and policy, and foster policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future.

ASU houses one of 12 national physical sciences-oncology centers sponsored by NIH to examine whether controlling malignancy can be made by scientists outside of the cancer research community.
The ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center is a research alliance to advance the scientific study, treatement and prevention of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The ASU-SFI center partners researchers from ASU, a leader in sustainability research, and the Santa Fe Institute, a pioneer in the scientific study of complex adaptive systems.
The Canine Science Collaboratory is dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and their people
Scientists and engineers with the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems collaborate to develop technologies to offset traumatic injury and neurological disease.
The Center for Biology and Society promotes research and education related to study of the life sciences and their interconnections with society.
The Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society seeks to change the way that we think, learn and talk about science and technology.
Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology explores, identifies and creates innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Center for Law, Science and Innovation is the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law with science and technology.
The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience brings together ASU faculty, students and research partners to examine the impacts of mindfulness across wide ranges of areas, including studies of social relationships and social justice, neuroscience and aging, wellbeing and immune function.
ASU is building new capability, in the United States and globally, for understanding and governing the transforming power of nanotechnology.
The Center for Science and the Imagination was established to to ignite innovation and discovery through collaborations between creative thinkers, artists, scientists and engineers.
Future discoveries in complexity science require transdisciplinary teams with the intellectual breadth to determine the algorithms of social dynamics across diverse contexts.
The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society’s pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life.
InnovationSpace teaches students how to develop products that create market value while serving societal needs.
An interdisciplinary program for training graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in collaboration with the Barrow Neurological Institute and other clinical partners across the greater Phoenix area.
The Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute for Public Policy promotes research, analysis, collaboration and dialogue to ensure sound water stewardship.
The Lincoln Center supports innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research on contemporary issues that affect humanity at large and whose solutions transcend both disciplinary and domestic boundaries.
The Neural Control of Movement Laboratory works to better understand sensory and cognitive connections between the brain and hand, and design, development and testing of next-generation prosthetic hand technology.
The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences combines a small-college experience on ASU's West campus with the benefits of a top-tier research endeavor.
The REACH Institute was established in 2014 to advance research, education and children's health.
What is ahead for society can and will be built with some of the world’s most creative scientists, students, educators at ASU and with our global partners.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic research unit at ASU.
The Department of Psychology is among the largest and most popular departments on the ASU Tempe campus, first established in 1885 in Arizona State University’s progenitor, the Arizona Normal School.
Humanity’s future in space is inevitable. To get there, we must create thought leaders for the future of humans in space.