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Introduction: Nature and Nurture: Building the Mind’s Machine

PART I  The Birth of a Science of Brain and Behavior

Behavioral Neuroscience Spans Past, Present, and Future

An understanding of the brain’s role in behavior has developed over centuries

The future of behavioral neuroscience is in interdisciplinary discovery and knowledge translation

PART II  Research Design

Careful Design of Studies Is Essential for Progress in Behavioral Neuroscience

Three types of study designs probe brain-behavior relationships

Research objectives reflect specific theoretical orientations

Animal research is an essential part of life sciences research, including behavioral neuroscience

BOX 1.1: We Are All Alike, and We Are All Different

Behavioral neuroscientists use several levels of analysis

Looking Forward: A Glimpse inside the Mind’s Machine