Martha Farah

Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences
SB, Metallurgy and Materials Science, SB, Philosophy, MIT;
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Harvard University
Office Location: 
Center for Neuroscience & Society, 3710 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6241
Research Interests: 
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Psychology
Specific Research Areas: 

Cognitive, social and developmental neuroscience, especially (a) the effects of socioeconomic status on brain development, and (b) the ethical, legal and societal implications of neuroscience (aka neuroethics)

Professor Martha Farah will not be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2022.
Selected Publications: 

Farah, M.J. (2015). Cognitive enhancement: Can science and policy catch up with practice? Science, 350, 379-380.

Farah, M. J. (2017). The Neuroscience of Socioeconomic Status: Correlates, Causes, and Consequences. Neuron, 96(1), 56-71.

Farah, M. J. (2018). Socioeconomic status and the brain: prospects for neuroscience-informed policy. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, July, 428-438.

Last, B. S., Lawson, G. M., Breiner, K., Steinberg, L., & Farah, M. J. (2018). Childhood socioeconomic status and executive function in childhood and beyond. PloS one, 13(8), e0202964.

Lawson, G.M., Camins, J.S., Wisse, L., Wu, J., Duda, J.T., Cook, P.A., Gee, J.C.& Farah, M.J.  (2017).  Childhood socioeconomic status and childhood maltreatment: distinct associations with brain structure, PLOS One, 12(4): e0175690.

Mancuso, L., Ilieva, I.P., Hamilton, R.H. & Farah, M.J. (2016). Does transcranial direct current stimulation improve healthy working memory?: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(8), 1063-1089.

Poldrack, R.A. & Farah, M.J. (2015). Progress and challenges in probing the human brain. Nature, 526, 371-379.

Courses Taught: 

PSYC 547 Foundations of Social, Cognitive and Affective Science

PSYC 747 Contemporary Research Issues in Social, Cognitive and Affective Science

PSYC 600 Proseminar: Biology of Social Processes

LAW 557 Neuroscience, Ethics and Law