Faculty Profile

Ben Basile

(he/him/his)Assistant Professor of Psychology (2022)

Contact Information


Kaufman Hall Room 168


Professor Basile is a comparative psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology. His research answers questions about how other species think, how evolution might have shaped cognition, and how brains enact cognition. He is particularly interested in memory systems and social representations.


  • B.A., Carleton College, 2002
  • M.A., Emory University, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2013

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

PSYC 325 Res Meth in Behav Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience, also known as Biological Psychology, is the study of the anatomical, chemical, and physiological mechanisms of behavior in humans and other animals. The underlying premise of Biological psychology is that no external behavioral event can take place unless there is a corresponding set of internal events involving the biochemical and electrochemical activity of the nervous system. In this course, students will learn about various research methods used in behavioral neuroscience, such as experimental methods in lab and field, quasi-experimental methods, and observational methods. We will discuss the application of these methods to research in behavioral neuroscience, as well as related topics of validity, measurement, and research ethics. This intensive lab course will culminate in the design and implementation of an original research project in the area of behavioral neuroscience. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 110, 125, or 130, 210 & 211; OR BIOL 132, PSYC 125 and NRSC 200.

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2024

PSYC 211 Design of Psychological Resrch
Completion of both PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 fulfills the WID Requirement.

PSYC 425 Seminar in Biological Psych
An advanced seminar into the relationship between physiological systems and behavior. This course will include coverage of mammalian brain organization and function in terms of transmitter systems which are correlated with the interactions between anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Prerequisites: 210 & 211; OR PSYC 125, BIOL 132 and NRSC 200.

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch