Professor Rebecca Saxe is fascinated by human brain development: how our brains start as a tiny lump of cells, and grow into the organ of thought. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In addition to studying brain development in the lab, she also watches it happen at home: she has two sons, born in 2013 and 2015.
Lindsey Powell studies how infants think about the social world and what brain systems allow them to do so. She spends a lot of time thinking about kids' brains outside the lab, too, as she tries to figure out what's going on inside the 3-year-old mind of her son.
After serving in the Marine Corps, Heather Kosakowski became fascinated with the brain and mind. While raising her daughter, she earned a BA in neuroscience at Wellesley College. These days she can often be found trying to unravel the mysteries of the infant brain and how it gives rise to the human mind.
As an undergraduate at Hamilton College, Benjamin Mittman studied how people think and feel about others. Now, as a member of the SaxeLab, he is using fNIRS to help investigate how babies use their brains to process and learn about their social environment. Besides studying infants' brains, he loves to hike and play piano.
Aiyedun Uzamere loves learning about how people work, from the way they navigate social situations to how they make tough decisions. As a member of SaxeLab, he now hopes to learn more about those processes on a developmental level. Besides research, Aiyedun enjoys working on novels and tutoring elementary school kids.
Ashti Shah is an undergraduate student at MIT ('20) majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in studying how fNIRS can be used to investigate questions ranging from how infants perceive social situations to individual differences in infants' working memory capacity.
Michelle Hung is an undergraduate at MIT ('22) studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in how infants view social situations and how their brains develop throughout childhood.
Isabel Nichoson is a Wellesley student (Class of 2021) majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in how the brain's perceptive circuitry develops and how infants use those neural mechanisms to create their own individual unique perspective of the world.
Halie Olson is a graduate student at MIT who loves hanging out with kids and babies - and learning about their brains! She thinks it's really cool that a child's experiences and environment can affect how their brain develops, especially when they're acquiring language. Outside the lab, Halie enjoys running and cuddling with her dog, Winston.
Ashley Thomas is fascinated by why humans are so good at forming social relationships. She is also interested in the social relationship between her two Boston Terriers, Birdie and Pablo.
Freddy Kamps wants to know what infants know, how much their brains already look like adults, and how much their brains change throughout life. He is especially interested in how babies recognize complex objects in their visual world, like faces and places. When he is not working on becoming a better scientist, he is working on becoming a better musician and cook.
Gal Raz is a graduate student at MIT interested in how infants learn so much, so quickly! Given that there is a lot going on around them all the time, he is particularly fascinated by how infants decide which information to focus on. In his free time, Gal tries to spend as much time in nature as possible.
Kristine Hocker is an undergraduate at MIT ('22) majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in how infants perceive the world and how their brains develop over time to eventually support complex thought.