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*Ends after February/March 2023 review meetings


The F01B study section reviews fellowship applications with an emphasis on learning and memory as well as communication and language.

Applications proposing language projects focusing on development, comprehension and production as well as the brain regions responsible for language and communication abilities are appropriate for this section. In addition, F01B reviews applications examining learning, memory formation, as well as decision making and reasoning. Also addressed are applications on circadian rhythms, sleep and eating disorders. Both animal model and human subject studies are covered.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates


  • Language and communication
  • Songbird communication
  • Language development and origins of language/communication disorders
  • Language comprehension and production
  • Non-linguistic communication
  • Brain-regions underlying language/communication abilities
  • Eating and sleep disorders
  • The interaction of circadian rhythms and behavior and including feeding, social interaction, sleep-wake cycles and hibernation
  • Mechanisms underlying memory consolidation – ranging from electrophysiological investigations to mapping of neural networks to epigenetics
  • Effects of sleep or aging on memory consolidation and episodic memory in human subjects
  • Mechanisms underlying sleep regulation and circadian rhythms
  • Modulation of the clock genes by stress or environment
  • Neural circuitry underlying decision making as well as spatial memory formation, consolidation, and retrieval
  • Reasoning, decision-making, and problem-solving
  • Acquisition of knowledge and skills

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Fellowship panels are broad and cover inter-related areas. Assignments are made based on the primary emphasis of the proposed research.

Topics involving communication, cognition and decision making are shared in both F01B and Behavioral Neuroscience Fellowship Study Section [F02A]. For F02A, the emphasis is on behavioral studies, while F01B focuses more on the language, learning and mechanisms in these areas.

Applications on learning and memory are covered in both F01B and Sensory and Motor Neuroscience Cognition and Perception Neuroscience Fellowship Study Section [F02B]. In F01B, learning and memory development or dysfunction and the related neural circuitry are the focus. In contrast, F02A reviews applications on perceptual cognition, motor learning and learning disabilities associated with cognitive disorders.

For any application that may fall between these primary areas of study, the SROs and ETTN chief confer to place it properly and to ensure that all appropriate expertise is brought to bear.