Bioscience

School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior to Offer New Teaching and Research Avenues

October 22, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: University of Arizona Communications] – The new School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior at the University of Arizona was begun out of necessity, through a faculty initiative launched in the midst of the current economic downturn. But the net result may be the creation of a new academic entity on the national forefront of neuroscientific and cognitive research and education, and is likely to reach into other areas of the University as well.

The school is a fusion of three existing academic departments – psychology, speech, language and hearing sciences, and the new neuroscience department – plus the graduate interdisciplinary program in cognitive science that is due to become a department. The school expects to start offering new undergraduate majors within the next two years.

Expectations also are that the school will foster new collaborations and research ventures ranging from understanding the brain down to its molecular and cellular components to its role in complex social interactions and decision making.

Ironically, had the UA not been saddled with staggering budget cuts, the likelihood of such a school ever forming would have been remote.

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