Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center

Research & Clinical Trials

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

The computations performed by the brain have one primary goal -- to produce appropriate behavior. Behavior represents the expression of complex patterned activity in the brain and is continuously modulated by internal and external sensory information and by internal drives and states. The relation between cellular and molecular events and external patterns of behavior is the new frontier in behavioral neuroscience.

In humans, behavior is usually not produced only by reflex or simple motor programs. Instead, we think, remember, discuss, and decide. Cognitive research delves into the processes involved with thought, memory, and language.