Events / Innovators in Cognitive Neuroscience: Martha Farah

Innovators in Cognitive Neuroscience: Martha Farah

September 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

online offering

Martha Farah
Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society
University of Pennsylvania


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Charitable cause: NARAL Pro-Choice America


Putting neuroscience to work to reduce the harms of poverty


Is SES neuroscience the pipedream of neuroscientists who want to feel useful and who underestimate the complexity of poverty and its effects? Or is it a promising new approach to understanding a refractory social problem, which could lead to new solutions? In this talk I will use research from my own lab and others’ to argue that SES neuroscience is not a pipedream. For balance, I will highlight some of the interesting and non-obvious findings of SES neuroscience, as well as some challenges to scientific validity in this field and to the applicability of the science. Finally, I will attempt to forecast the ways in which practical solutions to the problems of poverty may emerge from SES neuroscience.


American Sign language (ASL) interpretation and closed captioning will be provided.