Leah Somerville, Harvard University, received a 2022 Troland Research Award.

Somerville has made groundbreaking discoveries in our understanding on how brain development shapes psychological functioning from childhood to adulthood, including how brain and psychological development are intertwined during human adolescence.

Somerville’s interdisciplinary work – drawing from cognitive, social, and affective neuroscience and clinical and decision science – has shed light on explanations for patterns of behavior that uniquely characterize adolescents. Her rigorous and innovative research addresses key experimental questions relevant to our understanding of the development of cognitive and emotional processing in children and adolescents, as well as the neural systems that support these functions. 

She also serves as a principal investigator on the Human Connectome Project in Development, an ongoing, large-scale study of brain connectivity development funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Two Troland Research Awards of $75,000 are given annually to recognize unusual achievement by early-career researchers (preferably 45 years of age or younger) and to further empirical research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology. The Troland Research Award was established by a trust created in 1931 by the bequest of Leonard T. Troland.


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