Columbia University has a long and rich history of research in mind, brain, and behavior. As researchers get closer to decoding the neural underpinnings of how people think, learn, remember, and make decisions, it becomes increasingly important to examine the conceptual assumptions that support this knowledge, and to weigh neuroscientific discoveries against the social, ethical, political, and legal concerns that arise from them.

An extraordinary opportunity exists to capitalize on Columbia’s broad base of world-class experts in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to advance research and understanding of the social foundations and consequences of new findings from neuroscience. In order to facilitate collaboration within the University community, the Presidential Scholars program provides funding for interdisciplinary research.

Up to five seed grants are awarded each year to Columbia University faculty and affiliates for collaborative cross-disciplinary research or teaching initiatives.


1) Role of Music on Electrocortical and Autonomic Functions in Boys and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder

2) Establishing a Leading Role for Columbia University in the Development of Trauma-Informed Policy and Programs for New York City


1) Fear of Violence, Productivity, and Economic Disparities

2) Neonatal EEG as Biomarkers for Later ASD and Neurodevelopmental Disorder Risk

3) Form as Concept: Levels of Mental Construal Involved in Processing Abstract Art

4) Examining Neural Correlates of Stigma in the Clinical High Risk State for Psychosis: Integrating Neuroscience and Public Health Approaches for Mental Illness Stigma


1) Supporting Just Drug Policies through Neuroscience and Narrative

2) Attention and Decisions: Determinants of Attention and Information Seeking in Human Economic Choice

3) Socioeconomic Disparities in Cognitive and Brain Development During the First Year of Life

4) Aging in the Brain and the Brain in Aging Societies: The Role and Function of Culture, Cognition and History among Older Adult Populations

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