Magnetic resonance image of BCS Professor Rebecca Saxe holding her 2-month-old infant, Percy. Brain regions that are active when looking at faces are shown in color, in both mother and child. Image credit: Rebecca Saxe, Ben Deen, Atsushi Takahashi. MRIs taken at the Athinoula A Martinos Imaging Center, at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT.
Richard M. Held, a professor emeritus and former head of MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who spent a lifetime investigating the mechanisms of visual perception, died at home of congestive heart failure on Nov. 21, 2016.