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Professor Nancy Kanwisher

Honorary graduand for the Faculty of Sciences.

Professor Nancy Kanwisher, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (USA), has produced a string of important findings in the vision sciences.

She uses brain imaging and behavioural testing to study how visual areas of the human brain contribute to our perception of the world.

Her lab has successfully identified regions of the brain that are specifically engaged in the perception of faces, bodies, places and music, and other regions that are selectively engaged when understanding language or thinking about another person’s thoughts.

Nancy joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1997 and is the Walter A Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and a founding member of the McGovern Institute.

Prior to MIT, she served on the faculty at UCLA and Harvard University.

Her awards include the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award (1999), the Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation (2007), the Distinguished Woman in Science Award, Yale (2016), the Davida Teller Award (2018), and the CL de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science (2018).

She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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