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BSS: Prof. Rebecca Saxe- A Peek Inside Human Brain Development

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A Peek Inside Human Brain Development 

Prof. Rebecca Saxe
Professor, MIT Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and McGovern Institute

Boston Seminar Series
Monday, Oct 17, 2016
6:15pm to 9:00pm Appetizers and Non-Alcoholic Refreshments

McGovern Building 46-3189

Prices start at $25 for MIT Club of Boston members, and Free to $5 for children (depending on age). See full details below.

Purchase tickets before Tues, 10/11 for the best prices!  


At MIT, Rebecca Saxe studies human brain development, in order to understand how the human mind is built. The challenges and rewards of this research connect her experiences, as a scientist and as a mother. 

About Prof. Saxe

Rebecca Saxe is a cognitive neuroscientist, and a professor at MIT. Her research addresses the human brain's astonishing capacity for complex abstract thought. She is especially known for her work on "Theory of Mind", people's ability to think about the thoughts, beliefs, plans, hopes and emotions of other people. Central questions in this research include: What makes infants brains more resilient than adult brains? What makes them more vulnerable? And how do children actively engage with their environment to guide learning?  Professor Saxe has authored over 70 articles, and is proud to have mentored more than a dozen talented graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. She is also a recognized teacher; and her TED talk has been watched 2.5 million times

Saxe received her BA from Oxford University, and her PhD from MIT. 

Event Details

When:  Monday, Oct 17, 2016


  • McGovern Building, Room 46-3189
  • We will also have the atrium area outside the room for families and children to relax in!


  • 6:15-7:00pm: Appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments 
  • 7:00pm-8:15pm: Talk
  • 8:15pm-8:45: Desserts, refreshments and mingling


Note: Prices increase by $10 after Monday, Oct 10 (1 week before the event). No refunds after this date.


  • $25 for MIT Club of Boston members + their guests
  • $25 for parents of current MIT students. (Parents of students are eligible to join the MIT Club of Boston and receive the member rate).
  • $25 for MIT Club of NH or RI or AMITA members (Please contact Us for discount code).
  • $40 for all other adults (with same pricing as above for children).


  • $5 children ages 5 to 12
  • Free for children under 5

Current MIT Students:

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Yolanda Li


Secondary Contact

Helen Berry


Date & Location

Date: 10/17/2016
Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: McGovern Building 46-3189

This event will take place in the McGovern Building, Room 46-3189. Metered street parking (typically until 8pm) and garage parking is available at various locations around campus. Please look at this link to view a list of pay lots near MIT.

The Hayward lot will close very soon for construction and we do not suggest parking there. MIT’s parking office suggests that visitors park in the Hermann Garage, located behind E52 and accessed from Main Street.

Other suggestions include:

  • on-street parking on Amherst Street or Ames Street,
  • the open lot at E51 (the Tang Center),
  • on Amherst Street.