The Behavioural Neuroscience cluster is a strongly interdisciplinary group that includes UTM psychologists (Beston, Gerlai, Holmes, Martin, Monks, Smith, Zovkic), as well as several UTM biologists. These researchers use leading edge genetic, molecular, and behavioural neuroscience technologies to understand how gene-environment interactions result in individual variations in development and behaviour in humans and diverse model organisms. Another line of research concerns human genetic disorders and a third line examines the behavioural and neuropsychological consequences of a variety of disorders of the central nervous system in children. The formation of the Behavioural Neuroscience group has enabled the support of new interdisciplinary training programs including the undergraduate Specialist program in Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology.
Applied educational psychology, pedagogy, well-being, biopsychology, neuroscience, experience-dependent development, perception, vision.
behaviour genetics, behavioural neuroscience, zebrafish, mouse, animal learning and memory, animal models of alcoholism, animal models of fear and anxiety, social behaviour, behavioural phenotyping
behavioural neuroscience; neuroendocrinology; neuroplasticity; social behaviour; social status
behavioural neuroscience, pain, stress, sex differences, social interactions, empathy, emotional contagion, memory, synaptic plasticity
sex differences, sexual development, hormones, testosterone, neuroanatomy, sexual behaviour, neuromuscular systems, kennedy disease/SBMA
Smith, Mary Lou
disorders of central nervous system in children; epilepsy; behavior and neuropsychology; long-term effects of epilepsy surgery; neurodevelopment and human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV); spatial memory.
behavioural neuroscience, neurobiology, learning and memory, fear conditioning, systems consolidation, epigenetics, histone variant exchange, chromatin, rodents
Affiliated Faculty Members
gender and sexual orientation diversity, child and adolescent mental health, alloparenting; family and peer relationships; developmental psychology; crosscultural psychology; evolutionary psychology; clinical psychology; neuroimaging