Welcome to the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior!

Exploring the brain...understanding behavior...discovering the mind

The School of Mind, Brain and Behavior is dedicated to the teaching and discovery of principles and mechanisms underlying the development and functioning of brains, the generation and control of behavior, human communication and its disorders, and the rational and emotional states that constitute the mind. The School fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among students and faculty to create new educational and research opportunities unconstrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The School comprises the Department of Neuroscience, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and the Cognitive Science Program, as well as the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science. These units foster collaboration and partnership across campus and cooperate with other units in the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science; Agriculture and Life Sciences; Engineering; Medicine; and Eller College of Management.

The units within MBB collaborated to create the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NSCS). The Departments of Psychology and of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences also have specialized degree programs.

Topics of discovery range from the identification of basic cellular, molecular, genetic, and developmental mechanisms to the understanding of higher-level neural and cognitive processes associated with individual and social behaviors, to the translation of empirical findings into treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.


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Department of Psychology

Through innovative and multidisciplinary research, we advance our basic understanding of the mind and brain, promote successful development and aging, and create innovative treatments for optimizing mental health.  By engaging students, we prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders in society. Visit the website for the Department of Psychology.

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Department of Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the scientific study of nervous systems. The field encompasses the anatomy, behavioral functions, biochemistry, development, evolution, genetics, pharmacology, and physiology of nervous systems as well as biologically inspired robotics and prosthetics, computational modeling, and mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric diseases. The Department of Neuroscience is devoted to education and research in this remarkably interdisciplinary and dynamic field of modern science. Visit the Department of Neuroscience website.

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Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

It has been more than 80 years since the first University of Arizona Speech Clinic was established. We became a department in 1971, and the University of Arizona quickly emerged as a national leader in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, and the sciences that support these clinical professions. Visit the website for Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Neuroscience

The Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools that they will need to embark on careers as educators and researchers in the field of neuroscience. Students participate in designing their own individually tailored programs that provide a thorough base of knowledge in the many facets of neuroscience as well as depth in chosen areas of specialization.

Program and GIDP in Cognitive Science

The Program includes a state funded research unit and awards a Ph.D. minor. Students usually enroll in the Ph.D. program of a cooperating discipline; the minor is then designed in consultation with Cognitive Science Program faculty. The Program has special strength in knowledge structure, natural language processing, and cognitive neuroscience.

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