Karl Spencer Lashley Award

The Karl Spencer Lashley Award was established in 1957 by a gift from Dr. Lashley, a member of the Society and a distinguished neuroscientist and neuropsychologist. The award is to be made in recognition of work on the integrative neuroscience of behavior. At the time of his death, he was Emeritus Research Professor of Neuropsychology at Harvard University and Emeritus Director of the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Florida. Lashley's contemporaries considered his experimental work as daring and original. His entire scientific life was spent in the study of behavior and its neural basis, or as he phrased it: "the discovery of principles of nervous integration which are as yet completely unknown". His famous experiments on the brain mechanisms of learning, memory and intelligence helped inaugurate the modern era of integrative neuroscience.


Recipients

2014

Edvard and May-Britt Moser
"in recognition of their discovery of grid cells in entorhinal cortex, and their pioneering physiological studies of hippocampus, which have transformed understanding of the neural computations underlying spatial memory."

 


2013

J. Anthony Movshon
"in recognition of his studies of how neurons in the cerebral cortex process visual information and how cortical information processing enables seeing."

 


2012

Eve Marder

"in recognition of her comprehensive work with a small nervous system, demonstrating general principles by which neuromodulatory substances reconfigure the operation of neuronal networks."

 


2011

Joseph E. LeDoux

"in recognition of his seminal studies of the neural mechanisms of emotional learning, particularly fear learning and fear memory."

 


2010

William T. Newsome

"In recognition of his pioneering studies of the primate visual system demonstrating the relation between perception and the activity of individual neurons."

 


2009

James L. McGaugh

“In recognition of his comprehensive study of the biological processes that modulate the formation and consolidation of memory.”

 


2008

Eric Knudsen

"In recognition of his comprehensive study of visual and auditory perception in the owl and for his elucidation of how the auditory map is calibrated by the visual system during development."

 


2007

Richard F. Thompson

"In recognition of his distinguished contributions to understanding the brain substrates of learning and memory."

 


2006

Jon H. Kaas

"In recognition of his comprehensive analyses of the primate cerebral cortex, its evolution, functional organization, and plastic response to injury."

 


2005

Bruce McEwen

"In recognition of his extensive demonstrations of the role of circulating steroid hormones as regulators of neuroplasticity and behavioral adaption."

 


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