The Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program is designed to offer an interdisciplinary framework for students interested in the mechanisms underlying behavior through courses in psychology, biology, philosophy and related fields.
Students in the program gain an interdisciplinary perspective on their area of interest before pursuing more specialized study after graduation. Appropriate professional and academic fields for students graduating from the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program include medicine, law, speech and hearing, education, biology (neuroscience), philosophy, cognitive science and psychology.
Mind, Brain, and Behavior students are encouraged to conduct empirical research and present their findings at an undergraduate conference. Students conduct research with faculty members who specialize in applied behavior analysis, biofeedback, computational modeling of cognitive processes, developmental neurobiology of motor control, development of visual perception and cognition in human infants, evolutionary psychology, human learning, perceptual and cognitive processes in reading, philosophy of mind and language and psychology and the law.
Students begin the program with an introductory course, then concentrate on one of three specialty tracks: psychology, biology, or philosophy. The program concludes with a capstone project in the student's specialty track. For those majoring in biology, psychology or philosophy, the program requires five courses beyond the major.
The Mind, Brain and Behavior program is associated with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Biology, and the Department of Philosophy. Additional program information is available in the W&J College Catalog.