Alexandra Rieger broaches questions and problems facing humanity through science, technology and art. She’s this generations Hedy Lamarr! Her innovation and cross-disciplinary skills have far reaching applications. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
-Sheldon Reynolds (Earth, Wind and Fire & Astronomy Magazine Editor)
I'm a neuroscientist, cross-modal researcher, musician, instructor and doctoral student at MIT.
Alexandra Rieger is a cognitive neuroscientist, cross-modal researcher, multi-instrumentalist musician, doctoral student and instructor at MIT. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and publishings across these fields. Before her PhD placement and second MS at MIT, she received a master’s degree in Neuroscience, Engineering and Cross-Modal Studies at Dartmouth College, received her Bachelor’s at Stanford University and is an Oxford University Alumna (Bing Programme).
As a honorary United Nations youth ambassador, her social service work throughout the world (ranging from poverty alleviation to youth wellbeing), international music-healing performances and myriad academic experiences, have informed some of the larger questions in her work. She is passionate about promoting neurodiversity and improving upon the human experience by creating pathways between the fields of neuroscience, technology, music, accessible design and multisensory studies.
She is the inventor of the worlds first series of medical-musical instruments: non-invasive devices to heal the brain, engage the senses and support novel musical creativity. Currently she is working on the collaborative Aging Brain Initiative to research the effects of specific frequencies in the treatment of Alzheimer's. Her background in the neurosciences and multi-instrumental skills allow her to design and conceptualise a positive sensory experience around this stimuli to support efficacy and encourage patient compliance. Her research in this area furthermore contributes aspects of cross-modal gamma stimulation for human-centred applications. She is also carving out a new field of inquiry, engaging multimodal sensory and hyper sensory research.
Broadly, she seeks to develop and deploy sustainable solutions, assistive technologies and innovations for cognitive pathologies like Alzheimer’s and other challenges facing our communities and world. As of 2016 she was appointed as a MindHandHeart MIT Fellow and a CAST committee member. In 2019 she founded 'Songs for the Earth' in partnership with Club Passim, MIT's MindHandHeart and Open Space MIT; a monthly celebration of intersections between science, music and our planet. Her international lectures on stages across Harvard University, Oxford University and MIT - connect general and expert audiences to cutting-edge, cross-field scientific innovation and dynamic performance.
"The first speaker was a doctoral candidate and well respected neuroscientist, Alexandra Rieger of MIT Media Lab who walked us through newly published research underlying the multi sensory learning process and how educators and students alike may improve upon the teaching and learning experience."
Project initially dreamed up by Rébecca Kleinberger, collaboration with Alexandra Rieger, et al.
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Working with organizations and charities around the globe.
Designing a live map to track instances of kindness on MIT's Campus.
A Sonic Paradise Inside the Lab
Using technology to promote connectedness.
Employing technology to amplify and experience stories of civil rights.
An operatic multi-sensory musical performance, challenging boundaries of AI and humanity.
TECH for success.
Concert series and collaboration with Alvin Lucier.
Expanding boundaries of puppetry, performance and perception.
Exploring NASA photo database through interactive virtual space travel.
MIT Awareness Project