• Courtesy of Scott Grafton Lab. Credit: Action Lab West
  • Courtesy of Miguel Eckstein and Barry Giesbrecht
  • Courtesy of Michael Goard Lab. Credit: Goard Lab

Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience

Dynamical Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field focused on the study of how the nervous system generates perception, behavior and cognition. A complete understanding of human behavior and brain function requires a multifaceted approach that includes the construction of formal computational models that can be tested against neural recordings of cells, circuits and large-scale neural networks. It is a computational approach that goes beyond traditional structure/function correlations. Its subdisciplines include such areas as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, computer science, artificial intelligence, nonlinear systems, statistical processes, physics and aspects of psychology.

Why Choose DYNS?

At UCSB, we have 14 core faculty spanning seven departments who conduct research and provide education in dynamical neuroscience. We are excited to offer this program, which incorporates the individual strengths of existing faculty and builds upon the significant intellectual activity that is already in place in quantitative approaches to biological phenomena at UCSB.

Its subdisciplines include such areas as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, computer science, artificial intelligence, nonlinear systems, statistical processes, physics and aspects of psychology. The UCSB campus has superb standing faculty in all of these academic disciplines.