Fall 2016 Issue 39

Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kent Dayton

From the Director

In a technical tour de force, Rebecca Saxe's team has performed functional MRI scans on infants as young as two months.

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Rebecca Saxe greets an infant subject. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham.

Feature Story

Peering into the Infant Mind

New images of babies' brains paint a surprisingly complex picture

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MIT’s newest piece of public art is located at the Main Street entrance to the McGovern Institute in Kendall Square, Cambridge.Photo: Justin Knight

Institute News

New Sculpture Transforms McGovern Institute Entrance

The newest addition to MIT’s Public Art Collection is now on permanent display at the entrance to the McGovern Institute.

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Jessica Pourian ’13, center, with mentor Nune Lemaire Martiros ’08, PhD ’16, left, and Professor Ann Graybiel PhD ’71.

Pourian Family Gift to Support Basic Neuroscience Research

The family's gifts to MIT are aimed at supporting scientific discoveries that benefit the health of future generations.

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Nancy Kanwisher

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

Nancy Kanwisher receives an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award.

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Connections between dopamine-producing cells of the substantia nigra (red) and neurons in the striatum (green) may play a role in the brain's decision-making process. Image: Ann Graybiel

Research News

Emotional decision-making; imaging serotonin; astrocytes and appetite

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Feng Zhang (second from left), pictured with his family at the 2016 Gairdner Award Ceremony in Toronto. Photo: Gairdner Foundation / Della Rollins


Gairdner Award Ceremony

Feng Zhang was presented with a Canada Gairdner International Award in Toronto.

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The McGovern Institute celebrates its third annual Halloween party on October 31, 2016. Photo: Kathleen Sullivan

McGovern Halloween Party

On Halloween, the McGovern Institute headquarters hosted a costume party for the neuroscience community at MIT.

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