Nancy Kanwisher 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.
She received her B.S. in 1980 and her PhD in 1986, both from MIT. After receiving her PhD, Kanwisher held a MacArthur Fellowship in Peace and International Security for two years, studying the cognitive base of common misconceptions in foreign and military policy. She joined the MIT faculty in 1997, and prior to that was a faculty member at UCLA and Harvard University. In 1999, she received the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
Ms. Kanwisher’s research concerns the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying visual experience, using behavioral methods, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and magneto encephalography (MEG).