About the Harvard Society for Mind, Brain, and Behavior

In response to the recent explosion of interest in the university-wide Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) initiative, HSMBB was officially formed in the fall of 2002. We promote multidisciplinary dialogue about, awareness of, and interest in topics related to cognitive science, while working to provide a sense of community among students interested in these topics.

HSMBB members with Dr. Takao Hensch and Dr. Steven Hyman at the “Brave Neuro World” Symposium in November, 2014.

One group, many interests

Cognitive science is a highly interdiscipliary field. Accordingly, HSMBB represents a wide variety of academic interests, ranging from artificial intelligence to cognitive neuropsychology to behavioral economics.

Many students involved in HSMBB are currently pursuing a special Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) track within their concentration. Participating concentrations include:

Harvard also offers a popular MBB Secondary Field, and students in HSMBB are just as often not formally pursuing an MBB track or MBB-related concentration. Anyone is welcome!

Meet our board members

At the heart of HSMBB is the board, a tight-knit group of undergrads who meet regularly to plan MBB-related academic and social events.


The HSMBB Symposium is our cornerstone event, which we organize once per semester. Featuring big-name speakers from Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and other institutions, our symposia are free to attend and open to the entire Harvard community. Here are some of our previous symposia:

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Upcoming Events

As we organize events throughout the year, we'll add them to this calendar. Feel free to subscribe if you want to hear about our upcoming events.


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Want to get involved?

Every semester, HSMBB holds a wide variety of events, ranging from pizza and movie nights to intimate conversations with professors about cutting-edge research in MBB fields. The best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up for our email list! (All our communications are moderated, so we promise you'll only recieve important MBB-related info.) You can also like our Facebook page to receive notifications about our upcoming events.