Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

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


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. 

Undergraduate students can get a jump on their Master's Degree by taking part in the accelerated master's program with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.

Meet a student (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral) or alum, and learn more about how Mason is making an impact.