Behavioral neuroscience explores the regulation
of behavior through processes within the brain. For example, neuroscientists
are interested in how different chemicals and structures within the brain
contribute to human emotions, social behavior, memory, and development.
Psychologists in this area study both normal brain functioning and when brain
processes go wrong, as with many types of mental illness. Behavioral
neuroscience forms the basis for many professions related to the brain, such as
pharmacology and neuropsychology, and it influences the way we think about
virtually all areas of psychology today. Studying behavioral neuroscience is
excellent preparation for work in the fields of pharmaceutical science, nursing
or medical science, and veterinarian science. At NIU, we offer several courses
that provide a strong background in behavioral neuroscience, and we have several
faculty who specialize in this area.