Simons Center for the Social Brain

Simons Center for the Social Brain

The mission of the Simons Center for the Social Brain is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and behavior, and to translate this knowledge into better diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Researchers at the Center study the underlying mechanisms of ASD in both humans and relevant model organisms and systems, as neural correlates of social cognition and behavior exist in diverse species. Experimental approaches take advantage of MIT's strengths in genetics and genomics, molecular and cell biology, analyses of neural circuits and systems, cognitive psychology, mathematics and engineering.

The Simons Center for the Social Brain is supported by a grant from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. It is the successor program to the Simons Initiative on Autism and the Brain at MIT.

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