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Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
Susan M. Resnick, Ph.D., Chief
Senior Investigator
Overview: The fundamental scientific paradigm guiding research in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience (LBN) is the study of individual differences and age-related changes in cognition, personality, brain structure and function, and their influences on age-related changes.
The Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience

(1) Conducts basic and clinical research on individual differences in cognition, personality, and affect,
(2) Investigates the neural contributions to these individual differences,
(3) Investigates the influence of age on these traits and states and their reciprocal influence on cognitive and mental health, well-being, and adaptation,
(4) Examines predictors and modifiers of age-related neurodegenerative diseases and age-associated changes in behavior, predispositions, and brain-behavior associations,
(5) Identifies early markers of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, and examines factors that promote the maintenance of cognitive health.

Laboratory investigators employ a variety of methods, including experimental, longitudinal, epidemiological, neuroimaging, biomarker, neuropathological, and genetic methods in the analyses of behavioral, psychological, and biological aspects of aging.

The LBN is comprised of the Brain Aging and Behavior Section, the Cognitive Testing Unit, the Unit of Clinical & Translational Neuroscience, and the Neurocognitive Aging Section along with the Neural Circuits and Cognition Unit. Each Unit and Section has distinctive but overlapping research emphases on normal and pathological aspects of age-related neurocognitive changes and personality.

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