Nancy L. Etcoff


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Nancy Etcoff serves as Practicing Psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. At the Massachusetts General Hospital, Ms. Etcoff served as Director of the Program in Aesthetics and Well Being. She has conducted research on the perception of beauty, emotion, well-being and the brain for more than 20 years, culminating in numerous awards and research papers in professional journals including Nature, Cognition and Neuron. She also maintains a private practice in clinical psychology, and serves as a consultant to corporations and organizations on the subjects of both well-being and beauty. She serves as a Member of Advisory Board of The First Thirty Days Inc. She serves as Faculty Member of the Harvard Medical Sc ...more

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“Beauty ensnares hearts, captures minds, and stirs up emotional wildfires.”
Nancy Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

“As Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, and Jerome Barkow point out: “Culture is not causeless and disembodied. It is generated in rich and intricate ways by information-processing mechanisms situated in human minds. These mechanisms are in turn the elaborately sculpted product of the evolutionary process.” Clearly, culture cannot just spring forth from nowhere; it must be shaped by, and be responsive to, basic human instincts and innate preferences.”
Nancy L. Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

“Humans, like flowers and animals, inhabit a form that is both functional and aesthetic.”
Nancy Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

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