On Mon., July 23, 2018, the MIT School of Science announced eight faculty members to named professorship. These positions afford the faculty members additional support to pursue their research and develop their careers.
In this announcemt, CBMM Investigator Prof. Rebecca Saxe was named as the inaugural John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences:
Rebecca Saxe, the inaugural John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is best known for her discovery of a brain region that is specialized for "theory of mind," people's ability to think about the thoughts, beliefs, plans, hopes and emotions of other people. Saxe continues to study this region and its role in social cognition, and is exploring the theory-of-mind system as a promising candidate for understanding the biological basis of autism. She also studies brain development in human babies, including her own.