Much of my career has been devoted to understanding the mechanisms of vision, memory, and executive function in the human brain. In recent years I have shifted my research focus to a new set of issues that lie at the interface between cognitive neuroscience and “the real world.“
These new issues of interest to me include the effects of socioeconomic adversity on children’s brain development and emerging ethical, legal and social issues in neuroscience (“neuroethics”). In addition, some very talented students and postdocs have pulled me into their investigations of other topics including neurogenetics, mood regulation and decision making.
Here is a little more detail on the two main research programs of my lab, with selected writings.
Nontechnical Research Descriptions
- Katsnelson, Alla, December 2015. “PNAS News Feature: The Neuroscience of Poverty” PNAS, 112 (51) 15530–15532, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522683112
- Butterman, Eric. Spring/Summer 2015. “A Neuro Pathway.” Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine.
- Landau, Elizabeth. June 2013. “How poverty might change the brain.” CNN.
- Aamodt, Sandra. August 2012. “An Interview with Martha Farah: Neuroscience and Society.” Being Human.
- Popp, Trey. October 2009. “The Opposite of Enhancement” The Pennsylvania Gazette, Office of University Communications.
- Trey, Popp. October 2009. “Are Better Brains Better?” The Pennsylvania Gazette, Office of University Communications.
- Interview with Martha Farah. 2000. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12 (2), 360-363.
- Shea, J.S. March 1998. “The Fragile Orchestra.” Pennsylvania Gazette, 6 (5).