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Research conducted in the Neural Circuits, Systems, & Behavior Lab, led byLindsay Halladay, is focused on understanding the physiological processes by which neural activity produces behavior, and more specifically, how dysfunctional circuitry leads to aberrant behavior. NCSB's 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.

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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.




Research assistant Malia Belnap

selected for DeNardo Science Scholar

Award, a prestigious two-year grant

to lead a project at Santa Clara





Exciting data collected by Gigi Etem, Max Bjorni,

Sohrab Sami, and Hannah Henderson presented at GRC:

Alcohol and the Nervous System



Halladay Lab

highlighted in article

Opening Doors &

Opening the Mind





SCU Psychology Dept

welcomes Dr. Halladay