Berries keep your brain sharp
5 or fewer hours of sleep may increase risk of dementia in older adults
Breakthrough blood test developed for brain tumors
Brain flexibility changes the way we remember and learn
Harvard scientists identify gut-brain connection in ALS
How the brain develops
Tau protein and Alzheimer’s disease
The brains of the operation
Meet people from across Harvard who are working to understand everything about the brain, from Zellweger syndrome to Alzheimer’s disease.
… an exciting first step to understanding the mechanisms that lead to autism spectrum disorder and other complex psychiatric conditions …"
Paola Arlotta, the Golub Family Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
… no one person, even a world's expert on delirium, can prevent delirium by themselves.”
Sharon Inouye, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
… we have this library of concepts that we can use to formulate an effectively infinite number of thoughts."
Joshua Greene, professor of psychology
I am interested in how sensory neurons acquire and maintain specialized properties to accurately send information about the world to the brain."
Isle Bastille, graduate student in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School
Look back at some of the research and discoveries that led to our current understanding of the brain.
The brain and personality
The story of Phineas Gage illustrates some of the first medical knowledge gained on the relationship between personality and the functioning of the brain’s frontal lobe.
The ear-brain connection
S.S. Stevens and Psychoacoustics
One of many Harvard scientists studying how the senses connect to the brain, Stanley Smith “SS” Stevens was a pioneer in studying the psychological responses associated with sound. He served as professor of psychophysics and the founder and director of the Harvard Psychoacoustics Laboratory.
Origins of psychoanalysis
This new online exhibition opens a unique window into Freud’s thought processes using his rarely seen drawings and collected artwork.
Instructions: Play the movie while looking at the small white speck in the center of the ring. At first, the ring is motionless and it’s easy to tell that the dots are changing color. When the ring begins to rotate, the dots suddenly appear to stop changing. But in reality they are changing the entire time. Take a look.