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  • Training Environment:

    Penn's Psychology Department enjoys a longstanding commitment to training students and postdoctoral fellows in behavioral neuroscience. With adjacent labs and various shared facilities, the behavioral neuroscience faculty have several complimentary interests.

  • Research Topics:

    Feeding, reproduction, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology, motor learning, and spatial learning and memory.

  • Methodological Approaches:

    Analysis of behavior, electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, and physiological measurements (thermal, energy expenditure, tissue and plasma analysis of hormones and fuels).
  • Neuroscience at Penn:

    Behavioral Neuroscience with Psychology is a key component of the university-wide David Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences (INS). With approximately 150 faculty members, INS provides expertise in almost every aspect of neuroscience. Psychology graduate students and postdocs can take advantage of a host of graduate course offerings, weekly seminars, an annual Neuroscience retreat and an annual Behavior Neuroscience Student Retreat.


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  • Comings and Goings: We welcome incoming first year students in psychology and neuroscience: Alexander Keinath, Amanda Traczyk, and Sam Way.
  • Milestones: Congratulations to Andrea Spaeth in the Dinges lab for successfully completing her candidacy exam and Amber Alhadeff in the Grill lab for sucessfully defending her masters thesis.
  • Recruiting: We welcome applications for graduate and postdoctoral positions in the Medina, Muzzio, Flanagan-Cato, and Grill labs.