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How a New Yorker Neuroscientist finds Life in Cambridge

The world renowned neuroscientist Professor Joseph LeDoux, from New York University, USA, is visiting Cambridge for a two month sabbatical and is writing a blog to share his experiences here.  

To read his humorous reportings on the Cambridge academic and social scenes please follow the link.

Joseph E. LeDoux (b. December 7, 1949 in Eunice, Louisiana) received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University Medical College (New York, NY), where he was made an Assistant Professor in 1980 and an Associate Professor in 1986. Professor LeDoux then moved to New York University’s Center for Neural Science where he was promoted to Full Professor in 1991. Since 1996 he has been the “Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science,” and since 2005 he has held the title of “University Professor”. LeDoux’s work has focused on the study of the neural basis of emotions, especially fear and anxiety. His work has elaborated in detail how the brain detects and responds to danger, and learns and forms memories about threats. For more information, visit

Over the course of his career LeDoux has received a number of awards, including the Fyssen Foundation International Prize in Cognitive Science, the Jean-Louis Signoret Prize from IPSEN Foundation, consecutive MERIT Awards and Research Scientist Awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association, and a Presidential Citation for contributions to the study of the emotional brain from the American Psychological Association. LeDoux sits on the editorial board of several journals and has given the Society for Neuroscience Presidential Lecture. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Joseph LeDoux is also a member of The Amygdaloids, a band of scientists that plays original songs about mind and brain and mental disorders, the lyrics of which are often inspired by his research. Since band formed in 2006 they have played at Madison Square Garden, The John F. Kennedy Center, The 92nd Street Y, and numerous rock clubs in NYC . The Amygdaloids released their first CD, Heavy Mental, in 2008 and is scheduled to release Brainstorm in March 2009. Information about the band is available at and at

Posted on 05/05/2009

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