Behavioral Neuroscience

 Behavioral neuroscience faculty
 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
 Science Week
 Dr. Radke with students
 Sean Monroe presents a poster
 Student working in lab

Research Interests

The behavioral neuroscience (BNS) laboratories are run by faculty members Matthew McMurray, Jennifer Quinn, and Anna RadkeWe use animal models (rats and mice) to explore the neural mechanisms of learning and memory, emotion, reward and motivation, and decision making. We are interested in understanding how environmental exposures (e.g., stress or drug exposure) during development or adulthood alter these circuits and lead to conditions such as addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. Our overlapping research interests allows for a high degree of productive collaboration within BNS. Collaboration with our colleagues in the Psychology Department is also a strong focus.


The BNS laboratories are located in the basement of the Psychology Building, with ample space for experiments. We utilize cutting-edge techniques such asin vivo electrophysiology and chemogenetic manipulation of neural activity.

Join Us

Graduate students in the BNS laboratories work closely with their primary research advisor as well as other BNS faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Students interested in joining one of the BNS labs should apply to the Brain, Cognitive, and Developmental Science program.