Leah Somerville selected for Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award

December, 2017

Leah Somerville has been selected for the American Psychological Association Robert L. Fantz Award. This award is given annually to support careers of promising young investigators conducting scientific research on perceptual-cognitive development and development of selective attention.

Check out our ANDL Fall 2017 Newsletter!

October, 2017

Get updates on our past research, as well as information on exciting new studies that you or your children can participate in :)

ANDL at Flux 2017

September, 2017

Much of the lab traveled to Portland, OR to present our work at the Flux Congress Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting. Altogether, we presented eight posters and two talks! 

Dr. Juliet Davidow was awarded the Best Poster prize in the postdoctoral fellow category. Congratualtions, Juliet!!


August, 2017

Due to the number of returning undergraduate students, the lab does not have any open positions for Undergraduate Research Assistants for the Fall 2017 semester. This means we will not be granting permission for any new students to enroll in PSY2160r.


July, 2017

ANDL postdoc Katie Powers will be joining the Department of Psychology at Harvard University as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. This position is a perfect fit for Katie's dedication to undergraduate education, and we are happy she will stay close by the lab. Congratulations, Katie!


July, 2017

ANDL Postdoc Barbara Braams has published a Dutch book, "Het Riskante Brein" ("The Risky Brain"). In "Het Riskante Brein", she explains what we have learned in recent years about the relationship between risk behavior and brain development, and how we can apply this knowledge. Congratulations, Barbara!


July, 2017

ANDL postdoc Barbara Braams has been awarded the very competitive Veni grant from the Dutch government. This is a major research grant that will allow her to launch her independent research career in 2018, studying the relationship between laboratory and real-world risk taking. Congratulations, Barbara!

Leah Somerville receives CNS Young Investigator Award

December, 2016

Leah Somerville, lab director, has received the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Young Investigator Award. She will receive the award at the 2017 CNS meeting in San Francisco.

ANDL work featured in the New York Times

December, 2016

The New York Times published an article about our recent Neuron paper entitled, "Searching for signatures of brain maturity: What we searching for?".

Research Assistant Position

December, 2016

The Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Harvard University, directed by Professor Leah Somerville, is seeking a full­time Research Assistant (RA) to begin in Winter or Spring 2017. The RA will join a team of researchers who will conduct the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development (HCP­D), a multimodal brain imaging study of developmental changes in brain connectivity and function in a large sample of 5­-21 year olds. You can learn more about us and our research on our lab website.

The RAs will work as a team to carry out the daily activities of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project in Development. These activities include data acquisition using behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) techniques, dataset management, participant recruitment, screening, and longitudinal tracking, technical troubleshooting, and preparing data for public release. Weekly hours will vary with the data acquisition schedule, and will sometimes include evenings and weekends.


Background in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and previous research experience is required. B.A., B.S. preferred. The following skills will confer an advantage, but are not necessary to receive consideration: Experience working with children and adolescents in experimental settings and/or visiting schools to conduct research; clinical interviewing; experience with skin conductance, eye tracking and/or fMRI data acquisition and analysis; coursework or practical application of statistics; familiarity with programs such as Eprime, SPSS, R, Matlab, FSL, and Python. In addition to strong technical skills, the RA must possess excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and must demonstrate the ability to work well within a team. Communication skills must be sufficiently strong to maintain excellent rapport with child and adolescent participants and their parents. Please comment on relevant skills and interests in your application materials.

Additional Information

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. This is a two­ year, grant­ funded term position with renewal dependent upon grant funding. A two­ year commitment is strongly preferred. When applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one, combined document (resume followed by cover letter). Your cover letter should include a statement of skills and interests, and the names of three references. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

To submit an application, visit the Harvard University Careers site at, click the link for Administrative/Staff External Candidates, and search for Job Req ID 39341BR. If you have any questions about submitting an application, please email the lab at Review of applications is ongoing.