Harvard Decision Science Laboratory
Opened in January of 2009, the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory provides state-of-the-art capabilities for faculty and researchers across Harvard University who study how people make judgments and decisions. This facility, unique among schools of public policy, features thirty-six cubicles, three interview rooms, and a menu of cutting-edge technologies that enable researchers to analyze the link between human physiology and decision-making behaviors. Custom-designed software integrates recordings of physiologic responses, audio, and video. Removable partitions offer researchers the ability to run experiments with up to 36 subjects simultaneously. Executive education groups began using the laboratory in summer 2009, and have responded with great enthusiasm.
Center for Public Leadership
The Harvard Decision Science Laboratory is part of The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Center for Public Leadership is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and research. It is equally committed to bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice.
CPL serves people in government, nonprofits, and business through:
- Courses, seminars, workshops, and executive programs for prospective leaders in the U.S. and abroad
- Financial support for scholars and practitioners, which includes research grants, doctoral fellowships, and programs for visiting scholars and leaders in residence
- Publications and international conferences
- Public events at Harvard Kennedy School, including conversations about leadership with some of the world’s foremost scholars and practitioners.