Our Vision

We combine science, technology and humanistic principles to understand the human brain, cognition and consciousness. We  support fundamental research and catalyze actionable knowledge to inspire human values and healthy societies. 

About Us

Our Goal


We aim to illuminate and foster human cognitive and emotional capacities by combining scientific, humanistic and technological approaches.

Our Approach


We support scientists and innovators to crack the neural code and develop solutions for human connection and performance.

Our Hub


We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley, California. We collaborate closely with international partners.

Themes and Challenges

Neuroscience of Altruism


Great progress is under way on the neuroscience of altruism and empathy. Check current initiatives here

Decoding the Human Brain


Fascinating technologies and methods for inferring cognitive and emotional states are rapidly being developed

Brain-machine Interfaces


Merging brains and machines is part of an inexorable future. We need to strive for the best, ethical science and clinical outcomes

Psychology of Human Values


Progress has been made in understanding the psychology of values and its neural correlates. Effective applications are needed



Using neural information to predict complex behaviors and decisions is an exciting new frontier to be explored

Unique Psychological States


Probing the neural concomitants of unique conscious and subliminal states will open new venues for human development

Brazil @ Silicon Valley Conference - Computer History Museum, April 8-9, 2019

Scients Institute and IDOR sponsored the first Brazil at Silicon Valley Conference. This conference was a landmark event helping strengthen the bonds between US and Brazilian entrepreneurial, technological and scientific communities


Stanford Presence & Scients Institute Partnership

Scients Institute is an affiliate member of Stanford Medicine's Presence initiative. Together,  we will investigate the potential of individual and organizational interventions in promoting human values in doctor-patient interactions.


More on Scients Institute

Bridging the gap between science and technology to enable effective real-world solutions

Most scientific knowledge produced by neuroscience and psychology is not actionable

Academic scientists lack resources for directly translating their knowledge into solutions

It is hard for entrepreneurs to incorporate deep science into technologies

Combining advanced neuroscientific and psychological expertise with innovative technologies is key