The Behavioral Neuroscience Program within the Department of Psychological Sciences is home to nine core faculty who administer MS and PhD programs in Neuroscience and the Undergraduate Minor in Neuroscience. In addition to these primary academic programs, BNS faculty lead the Murine Behavioral Neurogenetics Facility and the UConn Brain & Behavior in Tel Aviv Study Abroad Program, and are involved with the Neuroscience Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain.

BNS researchers use a wide variety of approaches to study the relationship between the nervous system and behavior, with a focus on electrophysiological, neurochemical, and computational analyses of sensory, motor, motivational, and cognitive processes.

Research within BNS is highly interdisciplinary. Interaction across different laboratories is strongly encouraged, and these interactions are augmented by collaborations with colleagues in many other programs both at UConn and at other research institutions.

Recent Publications

M Sadeghi, X Zhai, IH Stevenson, and MA Escabí (2019) A neural ensemble correlation code for sound category identification. PLoS Biology 17(10): e3000449. [link]

C Chen, HL Read, MA Escabí (2019) A temporal integration mechanism enhances frequency selectivity of broadband inputs to inferior colliculus. PLoS Biology 17:6, e2005861. [link]

M Chistiakova, V Ilin, M Roshchin, N Bannon, A Malyshev, Z Kisvárday, and M Volgushev (2019) Distinct Heterosynaptic Plasticity in Fast Spiking and Non-Fast-Spiking Inhibitory Neurons in Rat Visual Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 39 (35), 6865-6878. [link]

Rotolo RA .. Salamone JD (2019) The Novel Atypical Dopamine Uptake Inhibitor (S)-CE-123 Partially Reverses the Effort-Related Effects of the Dopamine Depleting Agent Tetrabenazine and Increases Progressive Ratio Responding. Frontiers in Pharmacology 10:682. [link]

Rosenkrantz TS, Hussain Z, Fitch RH (2019) Sex Differences in Brain Injury and Repair in Newborn Infants: Clinical Evidence and Biological Mechanisms. Frontiers in pediatrics. 2019;7. [link]

Bereshpolova Y, Stoelzel CR, Su Chuyi, Alonso JM, and Swadlow HA (2019) Activation of a visual cortical column by a directionally selective thalamocortical neuron. Cell Reports, 27: 3733-3740. [link]

JA Honeycutt and JJ Chrobak (2018) Parvalbumin loss following chronic sub-anesthetic NMDA antagonist treatment is age-dependent in the hippocampus: Implications for modeling NMDA hypofunction. Neuroscience 393, 73-82. [link]

IH Stevenson (2018) Omitted variable bias in GLMs of neural spiking activity. Neural Computation 30 (12), 3227-3258. [link]

AF Osman, CM Lee, MA Escabí, HL Read (2018) A hierarchy of time scales for discriminating and classifying the temporal shape of sound in three auditory cortical fields. Journal of Neuroscience 38 (31), 6967-6982. [link]

Ghanbari A, Malyshev A, Volgushev M, and Stevenson IH (2017) Estimating short-term synaptic plasticity from pre- and postsynaptic spiking. PLoS Computational Biology 13(9): e1005738. [link]

Bannon NM, Chistiakova M, Chen JY, Bazhenov M, Volgushev M (2017) Adenosine shifts plasticity regimes between associative and homeostatic by modulating heterosynaptic changes. The Journal of Neuroscience 37:1439-1452. [link]

Rendall, AR, Truong, DT, Fitch, RH (2016) Learning Delays in a mouse model of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavioral Brain Research, 303, 201-207. [link]

RS Astur, AJ Purton, MJ Zaniewski, J Cimadevilla, EJ Markus (2016) Human sex differences in solving a virtual navigation problem. Behavioural brain research 308, 236-243. [link]

Jacobson TK, Schmidt B, Hinman JR, Escabí MA, Markus EJ (2015) Age-related decrease in theta and gamma coherence across dorsal CA1 pyramidale and radiatum layers. Hippocampus 25:1327-1335. [link]