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Launched in late 1993, Callisto Publishing was developed by David Compton to promote the behavioral sciences as well as neuroscience.

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Hightlight on Behavioral Neuroscience -
  Behavioral Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary area of study the study that spans the fields of Biology, Psychology and Chemistry. The emphasis of this program of study is on the biological bases of human and animal behavior, which include the study of neural functioning at the molecular, cellular, and neuroanatomical systems level. Internationally, the field is focused on a variety of topics and researchers have opportunities to study the brain from a biochemical, cellular, genetic, developmental, behavioral, or cognitive neuroscience perspective. Individuals graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience may pursue a variety of exciting careers or seek additional training in graduate programs in neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, pharmacology, or the allied health fields.

Students will be able to explore both human and animal behavior, the relationship between the brain and behavior, nerve cell structure and function, learning, memory, and cognition, and the neurological and behavioral effects of both therapeutic and recreational drugs. The major immerses students in an examination of fundamental concepts and principles in contemporary neuroscience as it relates to both normal and abnormal behavior, including an opportunity to consider the philosophical implications of physiology to our understanding of the mind.

Graduates of the behavioral neuroscience major are well-positioned to pursue careers that require quantitative and analytical thinking as well as substantive knowledge in human and animal behavior. The major also provides preparation for those who have an interest in pursuing advanced graduate and/or professional training in psychology, neuroscience, human medicine, veterinary medicine, the pharmaceutical science, or research with animals.

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The fascination that the human brain holds is not simply that it is large or complicated or that it is intricately and elegantly organized. While these things may be true, its mystery lies in the fact that it controls our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors – everything from childhood puppy love or what sports or hobbies interest us to that weird dream you had the other night. As Donald McKay (1967) pointed out, “here, in a bare two-handsfull of living tissue, we find an ordered complexity sufficient to embody and preserve the record of a lifetime of the richest human experience.” In a very real sense, our brains contain the secrets of ourselves. Within this complex organ, the ultimate explanation of mental life and behavior must be sought.
Today, the mysteries of the brain are being revealed by scientific research. Recent tools made available by advances in physical and engineering sciences have aided biological science enormously, and the study of the biological basis of behavior is proceeding rapidly. Because of the rate at which our knowledge base is growing, traditional distinctions between the academic disciplines investigating different aspects of the brain have given way to a more integrated and general approach, an approach now called behavioral neuroscience.