Project Description

Martha J. Farah was educated at MIT and Harvard, and has taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences in the Psychology Department at Penn. In 1999 she founded Penn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and for eleven years directed it. In 2009 she founded, and still directs, the Center for Neuroscience & Society. Martha is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as professional organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science,. the Cognitive Science Society, the Hastings Center and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. She is also a former Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of honors including the National Academy of Science’s Troland Research Award and the Association for Psychological Science’s lifetime achievement award. Martha’s research has ranged widely, from vision at the back of the brain to executive function at the front, and her current research is focused on two main areas: the ethical, legal and social impact of neuroscience (aka neuroethics) and the effects of early socioeconomic deprivation on brain development.

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