Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Welcome to the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.

Who We Are

Welcome to the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. The CBN is an award-winning, interdisciplinary research consortium. The CBN celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, marking the tremendous strides made by center members in research and education that will have lasting impact on the field of neuroscience for decades to come.

Our Mission

The CBN supports innovative research on the brain mechanism of social behavior, educates new generations of research scientists and students in interdisciplinary approaches to behavioral neuroscience, and transmits the excitement of scientific discovery to the general public.

What We Do

Our researchers use cutting-edge techniques from brain imaging to molecular methods.

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CBN researchers and educators share their enthusiasm for behavioral neuroscience

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The CBN has built a comprehensive education program consisting of pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral initiatives, as well as public education programming. The programs help to satisfy several goals in this arena:

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The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience was established in 1998 by a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. In November 1999, the Center became one of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers and expanded to include seven institutions in Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the three schools in the Atlanta University Center: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College) and other community partner organizations. The CBN’s original scientific focus was the neuroscience of social behaviors in the areas of affiliation, aggression, fear and reproduction and the emotional and regulatory processes that underlie them. In the intervening years, inclusion of additional behavioral neuroscientists at the participating institutions resulted in an expansion of the CBN’s activities into the areas of memory, cognition, reward functions of the brain and positive emotional states. That process continues today as the CBN responds to the changing landscape of neuroscience and the evolving needs of its member institutions.
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