Research in this area investigates the interaction between the brain and the nervous system and behaviour. Topics typically associated with this area include behaviour genetics, behavioural neuroendocrinology, psychopharmacology, decision making, impulsivity, cognition, neuroplasticity and the underlying neurobiological components of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.
The primary aim of the behavioural neuroscience graduate program is to ensure a high degree of research competence and productivity in this area of specialization, while providing a broad academic background that will enable students to relate their research interests to psychology in general.
Graduate students engage in research from the beginning of the program, first by working under the close supervision of the advisor and then by assuming a more independent approach as specific research interests are formulated. Students are required to study a wide range of behavioural neuroscience topics that focus on both the behavioural and neurobiological facets of the discipline.