About the Brain Institute

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences (The Brain Institute) comprises a network of interdisciplinary researchers and specialists spanning the fields of psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, neurology, anesthesiology, neurobiology, behavioral economics, computation and information processing in the brain, engineering, physics, anthropology, and cognitive science.

We thrive on communication, criticism, and stimulation, focused on the unification of research in the behavioral and brain sciences at the systems level, with an eye to clinical and useful applications, innovations with artificial intelligence, insights from neuropsychology, and philosophy of mind.

Research Topics

Research questions we address include the following topics

  • Attention
  • Consciousness
  • Hypnosis
  • Meditation
  • Placebos
  • Cognitive Control
  • Collaboration
  • Free Will and Volition
  • Sense of Self
  • Agency and Authorship
  • Self-Regulation
  • Neurofeedback
  • Deception and Magic
  • Mental Health
  • Quantum Brain
  • Perception and Psychophysics
  • Machine and Deep Learning
  • Computational Models of Higher Brain Functions
  • Psychopathology


Hosted at both the Orange Campus as well as the Rinker Health Science Campus at Chapman University, the Brain Institute fosters interactions with academic scholars, experts, practitioners, and institutes