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 new 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.

Scientists and engineers with the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems collaborate to develop technologies to offset traumatic injury and neurological disease.
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 researchers in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science study the science of speech, language, and hearing and train scholars, sign language specialists and clinical audiologists who will support societies health and make tomorrow’s discoveries.
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 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 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 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.