The Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative (MBB) is an interdisciplinary community of investigators whose research aims to elucidate the structure, function, evolution, development, and pathology of the nervous system in relation to human behavior and mental life. The MBB community draws broadly from all the schools of the University to bring together scholars - from undergraduates to faculty - with a common commitment both to empirical research and to multidisciplinary dialogue.
MBB was created in 1993 in response to a call by President Neil Rudenstine to establish programs that would bring together the diverse faculties at Harvard. Since then, the MBB initiative has expanded to offer a variety of programs:
- An undergraduate "track" program and secondary field in mind, brain, and behavior
- A non-degree educational program at the graduate student level
- Faculty working groups, which have produced a range of conferences, publications, white papers, and new courses
- The pilot research award program, which gives us further opportunity to encourage interdisciplinary innovation by providing "seed grants" to faculty
Snapshot of the 2009 MBB Undergraduate Certificate Ceremony by J. Asetta