Research at the Zuckerman Institute will explore aspects of brain and mind at every level: from the genetic and molecular to the cellular and anatomical to observable behavior of individuals and populations. At the heart of the Institute’s mission is a commitment to reach across all sectors of the University, bringing the perspective of brain science to multiple disciplines. Neuroscientific insights into decision-making, for example, have crucial implications for economists. Research on perception and memory relate to law and psychology. Investigations of consciousness, emotional regulation, creativity, and language could enrich the fields of philosophy, art, sociology, and more. The sparks of innovation and discovery often ignite where multiple disciplines intersect.
Unlocking the biology of the mind is the defining scientific challenge of the next century.Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, co-director of the Zuckerman Institute