Research Areas in Neuroscience

Addiction

Fundamental to solving the problem of addiction and other dysfunctional health behavior in both adolescents and adults is an understanding of how an individual continues to engage in a behavior despite recognizing that the behavior is both problematic and self-handicapping.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Brain Machine Interfaces

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Developmental Disorders

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Early Education

Healthful early brain development and learning environments are essential during their first few years of children’s lives and throughout their lifespans.

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Glial Cells

These important cells play major roles in maintaining the healthy milieu of the brain, and can give rise to a deadly type of malignant brain tumor and other problems when awry.

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Health Behaviors

Most of the health care costs in the United States are associated with risky health behavior and poor choices characteristic of lifestyle-related diseases, such as obesity and diabetes.

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Intellectual Disabilities

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Synaptic Function

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Synaptic Plasticity

Synapses are the sites where information is received and transmitted throughout the central nervous system and between motor neurons and muscles — including the connections between visual neurons of the retina and target neurons within the brain. Protecting synapses from the ravages of aging and neurological diseases preserves plasticity—the brain’s ability to adapt to change.

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Visual System

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