Behavioral Neurology Overview

People with brain conditions that affect their memory or thinking (cognitive) skills might be evaluated and treated by experts in the Division of Behavioral Neurology. You might suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing such a condition if you notice signs or symptoms such as aggressive behavior, confusion, delusions, disorientation, forgetfulness, hallucinations, language difficulties, memory loss, personality and behavior changes, poor judgment, poor problem-solving abilities, and a tendency to get lost.

Your care team

Neurologists work with experts in other specialties, including neuroradiology, neuropsychology, sleep medicine, speech pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Together they listen to your concerns, evaluate you and develop with you an individualized plan of care.

People with conditions that affect their cognitive function benefit from this team model of care, including coordinated diagnostic tests, access to dietary and nutritional counseling, follow-up care, and the support of social workers.


Research advances that improve clinical care

Our neurology clinician-researchers and scientists trained in behavioral disorders study all aspects of these conditions, including risks, predictors, prevention, diagnostic tests, and potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment and related conditions.

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota is one of a select group of Alzheimer's disease centers in the United States designated and funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona is part of the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium, a statewide research collaboration.

You may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.

Read more about Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's disease research.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, rank among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Oct. 31, 2023