Brain Health

With research programs in many areas of cellular and molecular neuroscience, Tufts’ researchers investigate the workings of the brain to explore neural networks, understand the mechanisms contributing to neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases, and improve mental health.

Uncovering the Secrets of the Mind

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From harnessing memory processes with the goal of developing novel interventions for emotional disorders, to studying the neuromechanics of locomotion, to investigating how humans combine information from the different senses with prior information, neuroscientists, psychologists, biologists, and others at Tufts study a broad range of topics that shed light on the workings of the brain. 

Areas of focus include:

Clinical neuroscience of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders: Researchers in Tufts’ Department of Psychology search for ways to mitigate emotional disorders, investigate the neural mechanisms mediating language comprehension and production in healthy adults, examine brain function and cognition in patients with anxiety disorders, and explore the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to individual differences in stress responsivity.

Movement: Professor Barry Trimmer in the Department of Biology focuses on the neuromechanics of locomotion, studying mechanisms of sensation and how animals detect and respond to noxious stimuli. 

Cognitive neuroscience: Experts in this area address how we combine information from the different senses with prior information into a coherent picture of ourselves, our bodies, and the world around us; investigate the mental processes involved in making, perceiving, and responding to music; and elucidate the cognitive and neural mechanisms supporting human learning, memory, and cognitive control.

Computational neuroscience: Researchers from across disciplines combine psychophysics and neuroscientific methods with mathematical and computational modeling and seek to uncover fundamental physical principles that underlie the formation of functional neuronal networks in the brain.

Cognitive and brain science: Scientists in the Department of Psychology examine the mental representation of information, investigate the underlying mechanisms of cognition—with a particular focus on multitasking—and study how people experience, express, and regulate their emotions.

Addiction and transgenerational inheritance: Researchers in this area focus on neural and endocrine consequences of female opioid use and investigate the molecular changes that mediate opioid addiction and relapse.