Dr. Joseph E. LeDoux
Center for Neural Science, NYU, New York, NY
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Joseph E. LeDoux
Over the course of his career Prof. LeDoux has received many awards, including the Fyssen Foundation International Prize, the Hoch Award, the Jean-Louis Signoret Prize, consecutive MERIT Awards and Research Scientist Awards from the the American National Institute of Mental Health. Prof. LeDoux sits on the editorial board of several journals and has given the Society for Neuroscience Presidential Lecture. He was elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences in 2005 and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Prof. LeDoux's work has focused on the study of the neural basis of emotions, especially fear and anxiety. Central to emotional processing is the amygdala, a brain area that LeDoux and his collaborators study extensively. Using an array of methods including neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, brain imaging, and behavioral studies, he has contributed important advances to the understanding of emotional learning and memory. For more information, visit http://www.cns.nyu.edu/ledoux/. He is also a member of a rock band, The Amygdaloids, which plays original songs about mind and brain and mental disorders, with many of the songs inspired by his research. Information about the band is available at  and at .(originally featured 23 April 2008)
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