Mindbridge Featured Projects-Archived
Learning how psychology and neurobiology combine to produce behavior is arguably one of the most compelling problems in science and society today. Conflict resolution negotiators are turning to psychologists and behavioral neuroscientists to find solutions to intractable conflicts in regions such as Colombia and the Middle East. Simultaneously, molecular neuroscientists have begun to unlock the neural circuitry of violence and aggression; educators have begun to consider the differential ways in which both our psychology as well as our neurobiology affects the way we learn; while in the lab scientists work to understand the neurobiological effects of income and its relationship to student achievement.
What conflict resolution negotiators and childhood educators have both discovered is that to understand behavior, we must understand the psychology as well as the neurobiology that underlies it.
Mindbridge harnesses this knowledge and insight in the development of novel experimental studies. Due to the size and breadth of these studies, Mindbridge selects only two to three studies annually. In 2016, Mindbridge has selected the following featured studies:
Countering Bias and Discrimination
Understanding the psychological and neurobiological foundation of anti-Roma bias and discrimination – In conjunction with our partners E-Line Media (entertainment and education publisher) and Dr. Margareta Matache (Roma activist and scholar, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University), Mindbridge is designing innovative game-based interventions to celebrate Roma culture while countering anti-Roma bias and discrimination worldwide.
Poverty Alleviation & Studies on Empowerment
Understanding the processes that motivate and sustain feelings of empowerment – Charting how empowerment impacts poverty alleviation.
Mindbridge has partnered with India-based organizations such as PRADAN, a thirty-year-old non-governmental organization (NGO) working to alleviate rural poverty, in order to understand the complex interaction among 1) NGO programming, 2) socio-political structural factors, and 3) psychological mechanisms underpinning motivational behavior (such as agency and feelings of empowerment). With these insights, Mindbridge will analyze how changes in psychology impact—and potentially increase—gross annual income among the rural poor.