Center for Systems Neuroscience

Understanding the human brain is one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. Boston University is at the forefront of research in systems neuroscience, with researchers studying how the neurons in brain circuits work together in learning and memory, speech and hearing, perception and attention, decision-making, and movement.

Decoding the brain

Center for Systems Neuroscience (CSN) researchers employ innovative techniques to understand the dynamics of brain function in mediating behavior—with new tools that include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), recording of neuron activity during behavior, and computational modeling of network function to link physiological data to memory-guided behavior. One particular strength of research at Boston University involves the focus on episodic memory function in the entorhinal cortex, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampal formation.


  • Portrait of Michael Hasselmo



    Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
    Director, Center for Systems Neuroscience