Behavioral Neuroscience Overview

Behavioral neuroscience is the application of the principles of biology (in particular neurobiology), to the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behavior in humans and non-human animals. It typically investigates at the level of neurons, neurotransmitters, brain circuitry and the basic biological processes that underlie normal and abnormal behavior.

Often, experiments in behavioral neuroscience involve non-human animal models (such as rats and mice, and non-human primates) which have implications for better understanding of human pathology.

How Trust is reflected in Brain Structure

A recent study from the University of Georgia shows differences in brain structure according to how trusting people are of others.

The research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism, said the study’s lead author Brian Haas, an assistant professor in the department of psychology. Each autism diagnosis is on a spectrum and varies, but some diagnosed with the condition exhibit problems trusting other people. Neuroimage 2/15/15

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