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Leslie Ungerleider, PhD
The Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain
Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Cafe at 4:30 p.m.
Face recognition is a remarkable ability, given the tens of thousands of different faces we can recognize, sometimes even many years after a single encounter. Because of this unique ability, it has been proposed that there may exist specialized neural machinery dedicated to face recognition, as compared to the recognition of non-face objects. Dr. Ungerleider will discuss recent brain imaging studies exploring the functional architecture of face processing in the primate brain. She will focus on the neuronal network properties that mediate the discrimination and recognition of facial identity and expression.
About the Speaker:
Leslie Ungerleider, PhD, received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her doctorate in experimental psychology from New York University. During her postdoctoral training with Karl Pribram at Stanford University, she began her work on higher-order perceptual mechanisms in the cortex of primates. She moved to the National Institute of Mental Health in 1975, joining Mortimer Mishkin in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology. Their neurobehavioral work inspired their theory of “two cortical visual systems,” one specialized for object recognition and another for visuospatial perception.
In 1995, Dr. Ungerleider became chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health, a position she still holds.
Dr. Ungerleider is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, she received the Women in Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008 she became an NIH Distinguished Investigator.