I’m a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and in Neuroscience at McLean Hospital.  At McLean, I am Director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology and Assistant Director of the Institute for Technology in Psychiatry.  I am also Director of TestMyBrain.org and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Many Brains Project.

My research is oriented around understanding what factors shape the way we think and interact with the world around us, and how these differences are related to  mental and physical health over the lifespan.  My approach is based on creating broadly accessible research tools, implemented through web applications and mobile devices, and then making these research tools available to the public.  This allows people to use these tools to understand more about themselves, while at the same time contributing valuable data about the mind and brain.  My colleagues and I then use this data to characterize how people differ from one another in fundamental aspects of information processing (cognition) and understand the causes and consequences of these differences.

Since 2008, we have successfully recruited and tested over 1.6 million people from all over the world through our website, TestMyBrain.org.  This work has led to new discoveries about the way the mind and brain are shaped by development, health, genes, and environments, as well as novel methods for assessing brain and cognitive functioning using the web and mobile devices.

If you are interested in this work or joining my lab as a research assistant, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or developer, please contact me at laura@manybrains.net.