The American Psychological Association (APA) has awarded New York University neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux a Distinguished Scientific Award for "his success in reinvigorating the field of emotion by uncovering the neural mechanisms of emotional learning."
LeDoux has worked on emotion and memory in the brain for more than 20 years. His research, mostly on fear, shows how we can respond to danger before we know what we are responding to. It has also shed light on how emotional memories are formed and stored in the brain. Through this research, LeDoux has mapped the neural circuits underlying fear and fear memory through the brain, and has identified cells, synapses, and molecules that make emotional learning and memory possible.
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