Research / Systems Neuroscience

Systems neuroscience follows the pathways of information flow within the central nervous system, attempts to define the kinds of processing occurring there, and uses this information to help explain behavioral functions. Investigators work to understand sensory and perceptual systems and motor control, and how expectations and motivational states influence these basic processes. Included are studies of how axonal systems develop, how they respond to damage, and how they change as a result of alterations in internal, chemical, and sensory environmental conditions.

Closely linked to other areas of research within BCS, systems neuroscience is concerned with the neural basis for cognitive, motivational, sensory, and motor processes. Researchers concerned with this subspecialty focus on the vast space that exists between molecular and cellular approaches to the brain and the study of high-level mental functions.


  • Emilio Bizzi
  • Ed Boyden
  • Suzanne Corkin
  • Robert Desimone
  • James DiCarlo
  • Michale Fee
  • Guoping Feng
  • Ki Ann Goosens
  • Ann Graybiel
  • Myriam Heiman
    Alan Jasanoff
  • Earl Miller
  • Peter Schiller
  • Gerald Schneider
  • Mriganka Sur
    Susumu Tonegawa
  • Matthew Wilson
  • Feng Zhang