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Using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Study the Development of the Infant Brain

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

Registering Your Interest in an Infant/Toddler Neuroimaging Study

Thank you for your interest in our research! As developmental cognitive neuroscientists, we are broadly interested in how infants and toddlers make sense of their social world and conduct experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and behavioral studies to study related hypotheses. Our research group is led by Dr. Rebecca Saxe in MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science Department ( Please reach out to our lab manager, Emily (, if you have any questions or concerns about study details or our COVID-19 safety procedures (outlined below). You can expect to hear from us within 1-3 days following submission of this interest form. We will be adhering to the following COVID-19 procedures: 1. All MIT researchers who will be interacting with you and your child will be fully vaccinated and boosted. They will also be tested at least once a week and attest that they have no COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your visit. 2. We will ask you to fill out a symptom check form on behalf of you and your child no more than 24 hours prior to your scheduled study session. 3. All adults will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the visit. We will provide masks as needed. 4. We will keep the number of researchers in the testing room to a minimum. For example, a fMRI scan will involve 2-3 researchers, you, and your child. 5. We will thoroughly clean the equipment and other high-contact surfaces before and after your visit. 6. Rapid antigen tests can be provided upon request.

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Please contact Emily Chen at with any questions.

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