Dr. Leslie G. Ungerleider

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    Laboratory of Brain & Cognition, NIMH, Bethesda, MD

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    Featured Author: Leslie Ungerleider


    Leslie G. Ungerleider grew up in New York City. She received her B.A degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her Ph.D. In experimental psychology, from New York University. After postdoctoral work with Karl Pribram at Stanford University, she moved to the National Institute of Mental Health to join Mortimer Mishkin in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology. In 1995, she became chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the NIMH.

    Dr. Ungerleider has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Women in Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008 she became a NIH Distinguished Investigator. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Ungerleider has been a pioneer in relating detailed neuroanatomy to behavior. Most notably, her studies on the differential effects of inferior temporal and posterior parietal lesions led her to propose that visual cortex is divided into two separate processing streams, the ventral stream for analyzing “what” object is being viewed, and the dorsal stream for determining “where” it is located. More recently Ungerleider's work on the biased competition model of visual attention has been particularly influential.

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    What and where pathways. Scholarpedia, 3(11):5342

    (Author profile by Joel Z Leibo)

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