The Simons Center for the Social Brain studies 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 awards Seed Grants to faculty investigators and Postdoctoral Fellowships to promising young researchers. Please see the Funding page for more information about grant and fellowship opportunities.

Please follow the links to learn more about the research supported by Simons Center Seed Grants and Targeted Projects, and the research interests of current and former Simons Investigators and Postdoctoral Fellows.

For information about projects seeking research subjects, please see our Participate page.

The Simons Center for the Social Brain funding is a continuation of Seed Grant and Postdoctoral Fellowship funding awarded by the Simons Initiative on Autism and the Brain from 2009 through 2011.


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