About FHB

The Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB) aims to drive transformative insights about the psychological, social, economic, and biological mechanisms that influence human behavior – and then help translate that new knowledge into mechanisms for improving human well-being across the world. Toward that goal, FHB will catalyze cross-fertilization and collaboration among the University’s discipline-based departments in the social and biological sciences. Through FHB, Harvard faculty will study a wide range of important cognitive, social and behavioral phenomena – from decision-making, self-control, addiction, altruism, reciprocity, cooperation, herding, and violence, to productivity, innovation, and leadership. We will apply this new knowledge to develop and test interventions across the major realms of social endeavor, including health care, economic development, education, and governance.