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Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) - BSC Counselor - Dr. Nancy Kanwisher, PhD

Nancy Kanwisher, PhD, is the Walter Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Investigator in the McGovern Institute at MIT. She studies the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying human visual perception and cognition. Her work investigates object recognition, visual attention, and perceptual awareness, as well as response selection, social cognition and the human understanding of numbers. Her lab has identified several regions of the brain that play specialized roles in the perception of specific categories of visual stimuli such as faces, places, and bodies, most notably the fusiform face area. Dr. Kanwisher joined the MIT faculty in 1997, and prior to that was a faculty member at UCLA from 1990 to 1994 and at Harvard University from 1994 to 1997.