Leslie G. Ungerleider

Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Ungerleider, an experimental psychologist, and neuroscientist¬†is well known for a neurobehavioral theory identifying two cortical visual systems in the primate brain, one for object recognition and one for visuospatial perception. This theory has revolutionized the way we think about the functional architecture of human vision and exemplifies Ungerleider’s ability to integrate psychology and brain research. Her work has set high standards for the entire field of cognitive neuroscience and has significantly advanced the understanding of brain functions and their relevance to public health.

She is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Distinguished Investigator and the past recipient of the Women in Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Award.

As part of the Carnegie Prize ceremony, Ungerleider will present some of her recent research in a talk titled “The Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain.”

Carnegie Mellon Press Release