Circuits, Systems, & Behavior Neuroscience

Discovering how complex signals encode behavior



The Halladay Lab is part of the new Neuroscience Program at Santa Clara Univeristy, and is housed within the Department of Psychology.

Our research is focused on understanding the physiological processes by which neural activity produces behavior, and more specifically, how dysfunctional circuitry leads to aberrant behavior. Our objective is to better understand how reward and aversion circuits converge and interact. Using a combination of in vivo electrophysiology, behavior, and genetic tools, our ultimate goal is to clarify how stress alters neural signaling and influences circuitry in a way that promotes addictive-like behaviors.

SCU welcomes Dr. Halladay (link)