Sendhil Mullainathan elected into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 21, 2016

Sendhil Mullainathan, Robert C. Waggoner Professor Economics, has been elected into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Congratulations Sendhil!

Mind Control: Past, Present and Future

March 7, 2016

5:00-6:45 PM, CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium


Rebecca Lemov, PhD – “The Long Shadow of Brainwashing: Behavioral Research from the Cold War to the War on Terror”
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD – “Enhancement of Cognition and Behavior in Health and Disease Through Noninvasive Brain Stimulation”
Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD – “Brain Stimulation by Sound Waves?!?”
Gabriel Kreiman, PhD – “Predicting Volitional Decisions From Neuronal Responses”
Ed Boyden, PhD – “Mapping, Observing, and Controlling the Brain Using Light”

Each speaker will give a brief presentation and then participate in a panel discussion moderated by Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD. A reception will follow the event.

Garrett Lam '16 Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

November 25, 2015

Garrett Lam, a senior in the Neurobiology MBB track, has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar. According to the Harvard Gazette, Garrett plans to study at Oxford's Center for Neuroethics and its Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics before returning to Cambridge to further his interests in brain science and the justice system at Harvard Law School. MBB is happy to join the chorus of congratulations due Garrett for his achievement!

Science, Humanities, and the Human Mind

October 30, 2014

Science, Humanities, and the Human Mind

A conversation between Professor Steven Pinker and Susanna Siegel

Moderated by Professor Anne Harrington

5 pm, Thursday, October 30, 2014  in Emerson 105

Marcus Tenenbaum Discussion VIDEO

April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, @ 5 p.m., Science Center Hall B

Gary Marcus (Psychology, NYU and Joshua Tenenbaum (Brain and Cognitive Sciences MIT) discuss computational modeling of human cognition. Moderated by Susan Carey (Psychology, Harvard).​ 

Seminars in Brain and Behavior

Seminars in Brain and Behavior

July 5, 2013

Professor Ed Kravitz (seen here) will again be organizing the Seminars in Brain and Behavior series for faculty.  The first installment will take place in the fall, check back for details.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

April 26, 2013

Christopher D. Frith, Professor Emeritus of Neuropsychology at University College London discusses observational learning in humans and animals Thursday afternoon. His presentation on how culture affects the brain is the final installment of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Department's Distinguished Lecture Series for Spring 2013.

Psychologists Talk About Minds and Research

Psychologists Talk About Minds and Research

April 17, 2013

This article appeared in the Harvard Crimson.

More than a hundred students and community members packed Geological Lecture Hall Tuesday evening to listen to a conversation between psychology professors Steven Pinker and Howard E. Gardner ’65.

The event, presented by the Mind/Brain/Behavior Graduate School Committee, was designed as a natural conversation between the two professors, giving students a chance to see them in a different environment than in a traditional lecture.

Ways of seeing

Ways of seeing

November 16, 2012

Her enigmatic expression has been the topic of artistic debate for hundreds of years. But the reason the Mona Lisa’s mouth — part smile, part pursed lip — is so confounding has to do with the eyes, according to one Harvard scientist.