The NeuroLeadership Application of Science Award (NASA) recognizes scientists who conduct innovative, thorough, and insightful research that contributes to bridging the gap between science and application.

The goal of this award is to

1) Urge scientists to consider the application of their work for business and leadership

2) Create opportunities for scientists to engage with the business community

3) Encourage deeper relationships between scientists and practitioners

We asked applicants to compose a 250-word summary describing a finding from a recent paper or series of papers (in press acceptable) on which they were an author, outlining the principles on which someone can act.  We have a special interest in the areas of making decisions and solving problems, regulating emotions or regulating the self, collaborating, and facilitating change in others or in whole organizations.  Applicants considered how their research could apply to one or more of these areas.

The award is accompanied with a $3000 prize to be used at the winner’s discretion. The winner will also be invited to present their work to members of the NeuroLeadership Institute, on a globally available webinar or a conference.

Congratulations to our 2015 NASA Winner

<strong>Peter Sokol-Hessner, Ph.D.</strong>
Peter Sokol-Hessner, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology and Neural Science at New York University
Dr. Sokol-Hessner’s research thoughtfully combined psychology, economics, and neuroscience to see how we can restructure our mental processes for making risky decisions. His findings revealed that using tools from emotion regulation and big picture thinking can limit loss aversion tendencies and promote sensible risk-taking. Read Dr. Sokol-Hessner’s Abstract

We look forward to having Dr. Sokol-Hessner present his findings to NeuroLeadership Institute faculty and members.
Click here to dive deeper into Dr. Sokol-Hessner’s work.


<strong>Vishnu Murty, Ph.D.</strong>
Vishnu Murty, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at New York University
Dr. Murty’s research illuminated the power of autonomy as an enhancer for declarative memory. Read Dr. Murty’s Abstract
<strong>Igor Grossmann, Ph.D.</strong>
Igor Grossmann, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Waterloo
Dr. Grossmann’s research explored how changing our self-referential language–using third-person pronouns instead of first–increases the degree of wisdom in reasoning and decision-making for ourselves. Read Dr. Grossmann’s Abstract