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Sorry NYTimes, But SLS 20 Is Actually Very Hard

The New York Times uses these words and phrases to describe Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker and the tests he gives his students. Fair enough. But if the Times wants to give its readers an accurate idea of Science of Living Systems 20, it’s missing a big chunk of the picture—exactly half, in fact.

William James Hall

At William James, News of Alumnus's Death Came Late to Many

For most of those who work and study in William James Hall, the news that a 2006 College graduate jumped to his death from the building’s balcony last Thursday came in the form of passed notes, informal emails, and for some, not at all.


Avia Tadmor

“Clinical psychology and poetry are very different axes to the same ambiguous and complex human experience,” Tadmor says.


Business School Professor Examines 'Cheater's High'

As the unprecedented academic dishonesty case that rocked Harvard last year remains on the minds of students and faculty, a recently published article argues that cheating boosts self-satisfaction.

Fall Course Enrollments, Fall 2010-2013
Gen Ed

Fall Course Enrollments, Fall 2010-2013

Ec 10a was Harvard's highest-enrolled course this semester, narrowly beating out the rising CS50.


Study Reveals Early Malnutrition Affects Personality Formation

In a new study published last March in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Harvard researchers reveal that even a single incident of malnutrition in early childhood can have a profound effect on an individual’s adult personality. Individuals who had suffered from severe starvation as infants tended to be more neurotic and less adventurous, sociable, curious, and organized as adults.

Scaling Compassion

Scaling Compassion

Professors, psychiatrists, youth empowerment leaders, and journalists speak about introducing compassion and kindness to the younger generation on Thursday. Held in the Gutman library, the panel was the final event in a series of three workshops centered on the theme of compassion.

A Talk with Dr. Stephen Wolfram

Today in Photos (04/19/2013)

Scaling Compassion

"Living Compassion" Conversation Discusses Altruism in Everyday Life

Harvard affiliates discussed compassion and altruism and how the concepts apply to everyday life Thursday evening at Gutman Library during the third event in a series of panel-style conversations called “Living Compassion.”

FBI Special Agent-in Charge

Today in Photos (04/17/2013)


Psychologists Talk About Minds and Research

More than a hundred students and community members packed Geological Lecture Hall Tuesday evening to listen to a conversation between psychology professors Steven Pinker and Howard E. Gardner ’65.

Student Life

The Drama Over Bullying: What's in a Word?

In this series, Flyby Staff Writer Olivia M. Munk identifies, dissects, and discusses ideas, articles, and opinions found in popular media and popular culture. She's here to inform you and to make you think—about what's out there, what it means to us, and what it might mean for you.



Pat Levitt speaks about the development of complex social behaviors in humans and other animals. Levitt, of the University of Southern California, lectured Tuesday afternoon in Fong Auditorium.


Large Departments Encourage Students and Professors To Connect

The government and psychology departments have introduced new initiatives meant to encourage undergraduates to make personal connections with their professors, as large concentrations work to counteract the idea that their size allows for little contact between faculty and students.


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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Visual Arts

Art House

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

Johnston Gate Arts Cover

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance