ANDL to conduct Human Connectome Project in Development

August, 2016

The ANDL lab will be one of the research sites that will conduct the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development. This study is focused on the development of brain connectivity in a large number of participants (N~1200) aged 5-21, including a longitudinal sub-study focused on pubertal development and brain connectivity. The PIs of this project are from Washington University (David van Essen, Deanna Barch), University of Minnesota (Kathleen Thomas, Essa Yacoub), UCLA (Susan Bookheimer, Mirella Dapretto), and Oxford University (Stephen Smith). The Harvard Gazette wrote an article about the project, see below!


May, 2016

Leah Somerville is co-PI on a collaborative grant that has been awarded by the Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard University. This grant will support collaborative research with Dr. Takao Hensch (Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology) and Dr. Carolyn Johnson (postdoctoral fellow in the Hensch Lab). Carolyn will be the primary researcher on this project which investigates the effects of early life stress on frontal cortical function and emotional behavior using rodent models. Congratulations, Carolyn!

Leah Somerville wins Mentoring Award

April, 2016

Leah Somerville has been selected as a recipient of the annual Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award is presented by the Harvard University Graduate Student Council. 

Maheen Shermohammed awarded NSF Fellowship

March, 2016

Maheen Shermohammed, PhD student, is a 2016 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations, Maheen!

Alex Rodman awarded dissertation fellowship

March, 2016

Alex Rodman, PhD student, was selected as a 2016 recipient of the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship from the American Psychological Association. Congratulations, Alex!


March, 2016

Erik Nook, PhD student, received a Poster Award at the 2016 Society for Affective Science meeting for his poster entitled, "A linguistic signature of psychological distancing in emotion regulation". Congratulations, Erik!


March, 2016

The Affective Neuroscience & Development Laboratory at Harvard University (Lab Director: Leah Somerville) is hiring 1-2 paid Summer Interns to conduct research in the summer of 2016. Click to expand the advertisement below for more information!

ANDL featured in local high school news

December, 2015

Students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (Cambridge, MA) visited ANDL and had some fun in the mock scanner. Check out their article!


ANDL research featured on PBS special

October, 2015

Our 2013 Psychological Science paper is featured (and amusingly re-enacted) on Episode 2 of the 4-part miniseries "The Brain with David Eagleman" on PBS. A video preview of our segment is available at the link below! 

Law school event is viewable online

October, 2015

Leah Somerville participated in a panel discussion entitled "From Troubled Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and Law” at Harvard Law School.