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Computational Neuroscience

Neurobiology of Addiction Risks
Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics at Mount Sinai Hospital, discusses the "neurobiology of addiction risks" at Brain Awareness Day.

Computational neuroscience is a relatively new interdisciplinary area of inquiry that studies how animal and human nervous systems interact to produce behaviors. Students use quantitative and modeling approaches to describe how nervous systems function, then duplicate those functions with man-made devices. Course work in Computational Neuroscience prepares students for graduate studies in neurobiology or psychology, in the mathematical or engineering sciences, or in areas of medicine such as neurology or psychiatry. A major is not offered, but students may minor in Computational Neuroscience through the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division. This minor is a good option for students who are majoring in Biological Sciences and are interested in mathematical approaches to biology, or for students who are majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, or Statistics and have an interest in neuroscience.