MRI image becomes a tribute to motherhood


Photo: Rebecca Saxe and Atsushi Takahashi/ Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT/ Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

[Source: Smithsonian Magazine, November 19, 2015]


MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe steps away from her research and places herself inside an MRI machine, alongside her infant son. The resulting image reflects differences in the size and substance of the two brains but also the universal symbol of love between a mother and child that has remained intact throughout history. Also, by including herself as one of the subjects of the study, Saxe shows how the most universally revered qualities of motherhood-love and innocence, beauty and fertility- can coexist alongside scientific inquiry, intellect, progress, and power.

Read the entirety of Saxe’s article here.