Postcards inspired by NASA and National Park Service feature regions of the brain studied by neuroscience researchers at MIT's McGovern Institute.

Postcards from the Brain

Postcards from the brain

“Postcards from the Brain” is an illustrative journey, inspired by NASA and the National Park Service featuring brain regions studied by McGovern researchers and created by NYC artist Joseph Laney.

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To order your own McGovern brain postcards, contact our colleagues at the MIT Museum, where proceeds will support current and future exhibitions at the growing museum.

Please share a photo of yourself in your own lab (or natural habitat) with one of our cards. Tell us what you’re studying on social media and don’t forget to tag us @mcgovernmit using the hashtag #McGovernBrains

Sylvian Fissure

Illustration of explorer in cave labeled with temporal and parietal letters
The Sylvian fissure is a prominent groove on the right side of the brain that separates the frontal and parietal lobes from the temporal lobe. McGovern researchers are studying a region near the right Sylvian fissure, called the rTPJ, which is involved in thinking about what another person is thinking.


The hippocampus, named after its resemblance to the seahorse, plays an important role in memory. McGovern researchers are studying how changes in the strength of synapses (connections between neurons) in the hippocampus contribute to the formation and retention of memories.

Basal Ganglia

The basal ganglia are a group of deep brain structures best known for their control of movement. McGovern researchers are studying how the connections between the cerebral cortex and a part of the basal ganglia known as the striatum play a role in emotional decision making and motivation.

Arcuate Fasciculus

The arcuate fasciculus is a bundle of axons in the brain that connects Broca’s area, involved in speech production, and Wernicke’s area, involved in understanding language. McGovern researchers have found a correlation between the size of this structure and the risk of dyslexia in children.