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 secondary field option at the graduate student level
- Faculty working groups and now faculty interest groups, which produce a range of conferences, publications, white papers, and new courses
- A research award program that allows us to encourage interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration by providing grants to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates