Inside the Brain

We invite you to explore Neuroscience Research at Rutgers University-Newark.

For more information please visit the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Biological Sciences.

April Benasich

Correcting Language Difficulties Before Baby Speaks. 5-10% of children beginning school are estimated to have language-learning impairments, leading to reading, speaking and comprehension problems.

New Jersey's Biggest Brains

The Star-Ledger proclaims the Rutgers-Newark Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience is one of the state's 12 "brainiest" places.

Michael Cole

Exploring what may be the true final frontier. The architecture of the human brain.

Ian Creese

During the course of his research career Ian Creese has shed new light on the effect of antipsychotic drugs on the inner workings of the brain, specifically looking at such disorders as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.

Mauricio Delgado

Making Better Decisions. Professor Mauricio Delgado is uncovering how the interaction of emotion and cognition in the human brain affects learning and decision-making.

Wilma Friedman

Exploring Factors in Brain Cell Survival and Death: Research could lead to control for damage from seizures and neurodegenerative diseases.

Mark Gluck

The Doorway to Memory and Learning How do we learn? How is memory formed? And how is it affected by neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?

Haesun Kim

Defense for Nervous System Key to Healthy Function. Understanding myelin may offer therapeutic benefits.

Barry Komisaruk

Unlocking the Mysteries of Orgasm. Komisaruk, who now studies brain activity during sexual response and orgasm, was pursuing other research when an “incidental finding” revealed that vaginal stimulation blocked pain in laboratory rats.

Bart Krekelberg

What the Eyes See. It's not always what we perceive, but also what we ignore that allows us to function. In the process of seeing our brain makes a very selective choice about what it reports back to awareness.

Patrice Maurel

Investigating molecules that regulate vital nerve process. Fundamental research may help guide approches to treatment.

Joan Morrell

Uncovering the Neural Circuitry behind Motivation. At the point before we do something, whether that be caring for our children, exercising, or abusing drugs or alcohol, there is the motivation to do so. But what guides that motivation?

Denis Paré

Identifying the Cells that Can Break the Fear Cycle. Fear motivates us to avoid danger, but if prolonged can also lead to anxiety disorders and destructive avoidance behaviors.

Pierre-Olivier Polack

Seeking to unravel epilepsy's many mysteries. Polack’s lab is one of just a handful of facilities in the world equipped to investigate epilepsy and other brain phenomena with unprecedented precision. 

Paula Tallal

Correcting Language Problems Through Neuroplasticity. Similar to a traveler who unknowingly sets out on the wrong route and needs to be redirected, the brain's plasticity can correct language learning problems.

James Tepper

Brain Signaling Patterns: What Goes Wrong in Parkinson's and Other Disorders? In the world of the brain, the basal ganglia are the teachers who hand out the rewards and punishment that allow us to learn from consequences.

Elizabeth Tricomi

Shaping Brain Response to Motivate Positive Learning. Reward areas in the brain help individuals achieve goals.

Laszlo Zaborszky

Identifying the neural circuitry to slow down the progression of Alzheimer's. Research focuses on providing for early diagnosis to ameliorate memory loss and attention deficit.