Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Jane Flinn and student, Chance Sizemore, at work in the lab. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University.

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) Program Website  >>


The Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) program focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer’s); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging.


Every day, Mason faculty and students help solve pressing problems, illuminate important issues, and shape conversations. We work to answer questions of relevance through research, scholarship, and creative endeavors—any enterprise offering the chance to break new ground and have a meaningful impact.

A focus of the CBN program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior. Learn more about how our faculty are collaborating with other students in their research labs. At all levels, our students are able to provide valuable input to the research process resulting in award-winning publications and presentations at research symposiums. Find out more about what our students and faculty are achieving. 


At Mason, we put our students and their success first. We focus on providing experiential and integrative learning in all programs through research, field work, internships, and service learning. We work to give every student the opportunity for a meaningful experience. Mason's CBN program works to provide collaborative experiences for students. Learn more about who we are working with and stay up to date on the latest achievements.


At Mason, we prepare our students for success in life and in their careers. The primary goal of the CBN program is to prepare undergraduate students for graduate study in neuroscience, and prepare all students for work in the neuroscience field, medical school and other health-related fields. Meet a student (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral) or alum, and learn more about how Mason is making an impact.