Neuroscience 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. As lifelong learners, when our brains are healthy, we incubate new ideas, find solutions to life’s challenges and create new forms of art. But, all too often, our brains and vitality can be diminished by stress, age, addictions or disease.  

That’s why Arizona State University has launched a partnership, the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, to accelerate progress toward finding the key to such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, other forms of dementia and brain disorders. 

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, 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.

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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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 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.