Rebecca Saxe

2008 Fellow

Current Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neuroscience

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About Rebecca Saxe's Work

Research in our lab is motivated by big questions: How does the human brain ‒ an electrical and biological machine ‒ construct abstract thoughts? What aspects of our brains and minds are universal, shared by all humans, and how much is specific to a culture or unique to an individual? How do children’s brains change as they grow up? How do developmental disorders, like autism, affect brain development? We often ask these questions about social cognition: how people think about people. We ask: how do people figure out what someone else knows, wants, or feels? How do they use that information to communicate or teach, to make moral judgements, or to exacerbate or repair conflicts? One current goal is to understand these processes by implementing them in computational models.


Awards and Achievements

Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences

CAREER award from National Science Foundation

Arthur C Smith Award for dedication to student life and learning at MIT