Fascinating Field Trip to an MIT Neuroscience Laboratory!

On November 10, the 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders, their teachers, and parent chaperones took a fascinating field trip to the Gabrieli Laboratory at MIT, a cognitive and affective neuroscience lab. We learned about the lab’s focus and met several scientists including Principal Investigators Susan Whitfield and John Gabrieli (pictured above). Researchers at this lab examine brain-behavior relations across the life span. They work on understanding principles of brain organization that are consistent among individuals and those that vary among people because of age, personality, or other aspects of individuality. Students were particularly interested in the brain scans that showed neuronal changes over time. One of the methods used by researchers at this lab is brain imaging (functional and structural). Students heard a lively presentation by Professor Gabrieli and also toured the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) facility. Several children, who had picked winning lottery numbers in class, actually experienced brain scans. See the picture below of one of our 5th Graders.