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An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Major/Minor in Neuroscience

A truly interdisciplinary environment for discovery and learning is essential for understanding the organization and function of nerve cells and nervous systems, as well as the organismal behaviors they produce, including human cognition. At Duke University, the experience in neuroscience for undergraduates is nurtured in just such a collaborative environment, where the perspectives of multiple disciplines are brought together to explore the brain sciences and their impact on real-world problems.

Explore our program and discover why the study of neuroscience at Duke University is one of the most exciting and satisfying adventures that an education in the liberal arts and sciences can offer!

To learn more and ask questions, contact the Office for Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience,(919) 613-5025, LSRC B123.


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Student Spotlight

Student Name

Colette Kolenda '16, Neuroscience (Bachelor of Science)

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Research:I am currently working as a Research Assistant in the Ariely Lab at the Center for Advanced Hindsight. In this lab, we research factors that influence decision-making, specifically in areas that are relevant to the general public

Thoughts:I am interested in the intersection of neuroscience and business, namely neuroeconomics. I am fascinated by the cognitive processes that underly decision-making and the factors that can influence how we weigh our options

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