One of the world’s leading neurobiology scholars, his work focuses on the brain mechanisms of emotion, memory, and consciousness.
Joseph LeDoux is a professor of neuroscience, psychology, and child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University, where he also directs the Emotional Brain Institute. He is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and essays that have been translated into many languages. The books he has published in Italy include Ansia [Anxiety] (2016), a monograph dedicated to one of the most widespread mental disorders of our time, and Lunga Storia di Noi Stessi [A Long History of Ourselves] (2020), a natural history essay which probes the origins of our nervous system, and was a finalist for the 2020 PEN America E.O. Wilson Award. LeDoux has received numerous awards throughout his scientific career, including the William James Award and the Karl Spencer Lashley Award. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences, he dedicates his spare time to music, playing in the New York rock band “The Amygdaloids” and in the acoustic duo “So We Are.”
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