Heather Berlin


Cognitive Neuroscientist · New York, New York

Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She practices clinical neuropsychology at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital in the Department of Neurological Surgery, and is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She explores the neural basis of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric and neurological disorders with the aim of developing novel treatments. She is also interested in the brain basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity.

Passionate about science communication, Berlin is a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange, and The New York Times series TimesTalks. She hosts Startalk All-Stars with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and hosted the PBS series Science Goes to the Movies, and the Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown. Dr. Berlin also co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, Off the Top, about the neuroscience of improvisation. She has made numerous media appearances including on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, National Geographic, and TEDx, and was featured in the documentary filmBill Nye: Science Guy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

Find more on her website.

Check out one of Heather’s TEDx Talks:

Watch Heather talk about the link between Genius and Disorder on Big Think:

Interview with Mayim Bialik and Paul Rudd on StarTalk:

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Topics: Cognitive Science, Debates, Psychology
Subtopics: Art & science, Mental illness

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