Dynamical Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that is focused on the study of how the nervous system generates perception, behavior and cognition. It is a computational approach that goes beyond traditional structure/function correlations.
Traditional disciplines that include dynamical neuroscience subject matter are particularly strong at UCSB, including the 4th-ranked Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the 2nd-ranked Physics Department.
Dynamical Neuroscience students will be assigned to a faculty supervisor prior to matriculation, and they will conduct research under faculty supervision throughout the tenures of their graduate program. Graduate Students will traditionally work in the home department of their advisor, Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Geography; Mechanical Engineering; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Psychological & Brain Sciences; and Physics.
The UCSB Brain Imaging Center, a part of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, is a core research facility on the UCSB campus that is dedicated to understanding the structure, function and dynamical properties of the human brain. Directed by Dr. Scott Grafton, the center supports a state of the art 3-Tesla (3T) Siemens magnet resonance imaging system as well as MRI compatible high density electroencephalography hardware. The main purpose of the Center is to support basic research in cognitive/mind neuroscience using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, led by UCSB in partnership with MIT and Caltech, develops new methods for analyzing variation in human cognitive strategy, perceptual categorization, visuomotor control and the effective retrieval and use of knowledge for decision making, with applications for optimizing human training and performance.
The Neuroscience Research Institute and the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind promote neuroscience research across disciplines and bring together graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and visitors in a spirit of collaboration and new discovery.