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)

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