National Medal of Science - Behaviorial and Social Science 2009
Cognitive neuroscientist, Business Administrator. Brain/behavior relationships in humans, nonhuman primates. Identified … areas in cerebral cortex essential for perception and memory: cortico-limbic circuit responsible for memory of facts and events; cortico-striatal circuit responsible for learning of different types of habits and motor skills.
"Perseverance is built into the trait of curiosity, a scientist's motivation. If you're sufficiently curious, you're willing to continue despite failures and obstacles. It's so easy to give up."
Mortimer Mishkin. Award ceremony, White House 17 Nov. 2010
Mortimer Mishkin, National Institutes of Health, for fundamental contributions to understanding the functional organization of the primate brain, including the discovery of the role of the inferior temporal cortex in vision, delineation of the selective contributions of medial temporal lobe structures to memory, and discovery of the neural bases of cognitive and noncognitive memory systems.
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Name: Mortimer Mishkin
Birth: 13 December, 1926., Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Title: Senior Investigator
Affiliation: National Institute of Health, USA
Citation: "For his contributions to understanding the neural basis of perception and memory in primates, notably the delineation of sensory neocortical processing systems especially for vision, audition, and somatic sensation, and the organization of memory systems in the brain." Presented by President Barack H. Obama in the East Room of the White House on November 17, 2010.
History of Discovery Quotations
Humor:"Looking at my own behavior through a scientific lens is a habit, not that it leads to anything."