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Welcome to the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Who We Are

A Beacon of Excellence in Neuroscience Research and Education

Founded in 1998 and celebrating over two decades of groundbreaking research and education, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) stands as a testament to collaborative excellence in the field of neuroscience. As a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, we are an interdisciplinary consortium that has been at the forefront of neuroscience research, education, and public engagement.

Our Mission

Advancing Neuroscience

At CBN, our mission is twofold: to drive innovative research in understanding the brain mechanisms underlying social behavior and to educate the next generation of scientists in the multidisciplinary field of behavioral neuroscience. We are committed to sharing the excitement and significance of our discoveries with the wider community, inspiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of neuroscience.

Pioneering Research

Transforming Understanding and Treatment

Our researchers employ state-of-the-art techniques, ranging from advanced brain imaging to molecular methods, to unravel the complexities of the brain. Notable achievements include:
These breakthroughs underscore our role as a global influencer in neuroscience, recognized by the National Science Foundation as “a model for the execution of science.”


Nurturing Future Neuroscientists

Our passion for neuroscience extends beyond research labs into classrooms and communities. We offer a diverse array of educational programs, catering to various age groups and educational stages. Highlights include:
Our public education efforts have been commended by the National Science Foundation as “truly impressive in bringing science to the people.”

Our Journey

A Legacy of Innovation and Collaboration

CBN was established through a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and became a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center in 1999. Our collaborative network spans seven institutions in Atlanta, Georgia, including Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Atlanta University Center’s Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College, along with various community partners.

Initially focused on the neuroscience of social behaviors, our research scope has broadened to encompass memory, cognition, reward functions, and positive emotional states. This evolution reflects our commitment to adapting to the dynamic landscape of neuroscience and the needs of our community.

Join us as we continue to explore the wonders of the brain and make strides in understanding the very essence of human behavior and cognition.

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