Ungerleider and Mishkin win 2012 Grawemeyer Award

Researchers pioneered idea of two visual systems in the brain’s cortex.

Leslie Ungerleider Mortimer Mishkin


Leslie Ungerleider and Mortimer Mishkin, both of the intramural laboratories of the National Institute of Mental Health, are joint recipients of the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.  They are honored for their influential research supporting the idea of two cortical visual systems: a ventral pathway for object perception and a dorsal pathway for spatial perception. 

As noted in the award announcement, their work has inspired a great deal of research on such topics as face recognition, visual attention, and spatial memory, and their approach has been extended to other modalities such as hearing and touch.

The Grawemeyer Awards were established by H. Charles Grawemeyer at the University of Louisville in 1984.  Currently, five awards are given each year, in psychology, education, music composition, religion, and ideas for improving world order.  Each award includes a $100,000 prize. 


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Grawemeyer award announcement

Leslie Ungerleider

Mortimer Mishkin