Localizers, data, documentation, and more

In order to support open science, further scientific inquiry, and encourage replication, Saxelab makes several resources freely available on our website. Preregistrations, data, and supplemental materials are all linked under publication items on the publication page.

Lab Public Github Wikis

Our lab uses MIT Github Enterprise to host our lab documentation and code. We’ve made some of our wikis (about our lab policies, practices, and expectations) accessible via a public Github repository. If you’d like to see more of our lab resources and documentation, let us know!


To identify functional regions of interest (fROI) in the Theory of Mind (ToM) network, the Saxe Lab has developed several localizers. Verbal and non-verbal stimuli reliably localize the Theory of Mind network and Pain Matrix across participants.

ToM Group Maps

The Saxe Lab Theory of Mind localizer has been used to identify the ToM network in over 450 neurotypical subjects. Here we provide group maps from an RFX analysis of these subjects to identify the ToM network which include the bilateral temporoparietal junctions, the precuneus, the medial prefrontal cortex, and the right superior temporal sulcus. This group map can be used in conjuction with the Saxe Lab localizers to functionally identify the ToM network.

fMRI Bootcamp

fMRI bootcamp is a two-day lecture series in which Professor Rebecca Saxe teaches the fundamentals of fMRI data analysis. You can watch clips from the 2017 bootcamp here!

Template MRI Consent Form

The lab has been working on creating a more accessible and intuitive consent form template for MRI studies, especially for those involving individuals who might find our standard consent form process unintuitive or alienating (e.g. children, neurodiverse populations, clinical populations, etc.) You can access the template form to use in your lab here.

Lab Documentation

All lab documentation (limited to MIT affiliates) for using MIT’s computing cluster, doing fMRI and fNIRS data analysis, sharing your data on Open Science platforms, and more!

Lab Scripts

All lab scripts (limited to MIT affiliates) for imputing missing values in a dataset, doing fMRI and fNIRS data analysis, and more!

Nancy Kanwisher’s Brain Talks

Resources created Nancy Kanwisher. Learn about what kinds of minds and brains we have, how you can study the mind and brain, and the theory behind and the practice of fMRI brain imaging. 

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