Sage Junior Research Fellowships

The SAGE Center Junior Fellowship Program, established in 2011, fosters interdisciplinary research in the study of brain-mind interaction at the postdoctoral level. In addition to developing research programs in close collaboration with individual faculty, Junior Fellows enjoy special privileges, including access to visiting SAGE scholars and attendance at regular group meetings to collaborate and share information about the role of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, political science, anthropology, biology, physics, engineering, the arts, philosophy and other disciplines on the study of brain, mind and behavior.

Alex Schlegel

Alex Schlegel was a Junior Fellow from 2015-16. Dr. Schlegel is interested in how the human brain supports the rich mental space underlying creative, flexible behaviors such as artistic, scientific, and mathematical thought.  He received Bachelors degrees in physics, mathematics, and chemistry from NC State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Arizona State University.  His PhD work in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College focused on large scale neural networks that enable the flexible construction and manipulation of mental imagery.  He also investigated neural plasticity in long term learning processes and the neural bases of volition and consciousness experience.  Alex's concurrent artistic work uses computational processes, electronics, and traditional materials to enable the direct experience of normally hidden patterns and processes in the environment. After his SAGE fellowship, Alex joined Vicarious where he is working toward giving machines high level cognitive abilities such as imagination.

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