Welcome to the Affective Neuroscience & Development Laboratory at Harvard University. The lab is led by Leah Somerville, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. We use a combination of behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroscientific techniques to inform the basic representation of emotion, how emotional processes are influenced by trait individual differences, and how emotion interacts with cognition and behavior. Ultimately, this work aims to inform factors that confer risk and resilience to psychiatric illnesses such as mood and anxiety disorders.

In addition to studying healthy adults, we also make use of the developmental timecourse to understand how socioemotional processes change during adolescence, and how these changes relate to brain development.

We are a part of the Department of Psychology and conduct neuroimaging research at the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University.