Donald W. Pfaff, Ph.D.
Donald W. Pfaff, Ph.D., is professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at the Rockefeller University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has studied the brain and behavior for more than 30 years and is known for discovering the brain-cell targets for steroid hormones and leading the studies that proved that specific chemicals acting in specific parts of the brain determine individual behavioral responses. He has served as editor, or on the editorial board, of 21 journals and is author or co-author of 16 scientific books and more than 600 scientific articles.
A Brain Built for Fair Play
As scientists and society as a whole are facing the ethical questions inherent in brain science, researchers are beginning to explore the biological nature of ethical behavior. Rockefeller University neuroscientist Donald W. Pfaff, Ph.D., proposes that neural and molecular processes we are beginning to understand shed light on ways the mechanism of fear helps us to treat others as we would like to be treated.