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Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D.

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Dr. LeDoux is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, University Professor, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, Director of the Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety, and the Director of the Emotional Brain Institute. He grew up in rural Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University. He received a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 1987. Dr. LeDoux’s work focuses on the neural basis of emotions, especially fear and anxiety. Central to emotional processing is the amygdala, a brain area that he and his collaborators study extensively. Using an array of methods, including neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, neurochemical, molecular, and behavioral approaches, he has made many contributions to our understanding of the emotional functions of the brain. Dr. LeDoux is a member of the “heavy mental” band, the Amygdaloids.

Awards and Credentials

  1. Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2005
  2. Fyssen Foundation 2005 International Prize, 2006
  3. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006
  4. D. O. Hebb Award, American Psychological Association, 2008

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Recommended Reading List

  • The Emotional Brain. LeDoux, J. (1998). Simon and Schuster.
  • Synaptic Self. LeDoux, J. (2002). Viking.


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