September 17, 2013
The American Philosophical Society (APS) awarded neuroscientist J. Anthony Movshon its 2013 Karl Spencer Lashley Award in recognition of his “pioneering work on the neuroscience of vision.”
Movshon, director of the Center for Neural Science, is the second NYU neuroscience professor to receive the Lashley Award in three years—Joseph LeDoux was recognized in 2011 for his “seminal studies of the neural mechanisms of emotional learning, particularly fear learning, and fear memory.”
Movshon, a faculty member in the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology, will receive the award at a November ceremony during the Society’s bi-annual meeting in Philadelphia.
In announcing its selection, APS cited Movshon’s “studies of how neurons in the cerebral cortex process visual information and how cortical information processing enables seeing,” adding that his research “has shed light on the neural basis of amblyopia—the most common form of blindness—and how the effects of amblyopia might be mitigated through early intervention.”
Movshon is a former Howard Hughes Investigator and an adjunct professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is both a University Professor and a Silver Professor at NYU.
In 2010, Movshon received the António Champalimaud Vision Award for his work on how the brain reconstructs images. The Award, which he shared with William T. Newsome, a Stanford University neuroscientist, comes with a $1.3 million prize, the largest monetary prize in the field of vision and one of the biggest scientific and humanitarian prizes in the world.