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 2016 NASA Winner

<strong>Brent Hughes, Ph.D. </strong>
Brent Hughes, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at Stanford University
Dr. Hughes’ research uses a game-theoretic approach to address the neural bases of inclusive decision-making. His findings show that alleviating time pressure can decrease intuitive outgroup distrust and increase inclusive and prosocial behavior.
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We look forward to having Dr. Hughes and the Runners-Up present their findings to NeuroLeadership Institute faculty and members.


<strong>Shabnam Hakimi, Ph.D.</strong>
Shabnam Hakimi, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Neuroscience at University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Hakimi’s research links long-term goal attainment to the ability to vividly visualize a future reward.
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<strong>Candace Raio, Ph.D.</strong>
Candace Raio, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology at New York University
Dr. Raio explores how to build resilience to stress, which is shown to improve both emotion regulation and decision-making.
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<strong>Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.</strong>
Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at New York University
Dr. Van Bavel’s research illuminates the power of group identity to reduce bias and promote self-sacrifice, cooperation, empathy, and efficient problem-solving.
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