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The Hidden Face of Fear Featured Scientists
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Eric R. Kandel

film stillEric R. Kandel is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and also in Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry. He is also a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and founding Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

Dr. Kandel has been honored with the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, 1983; the National Medal of Science by President Reagan, 1988; the Gairdner International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Science, 1987; the Wolf Prize, 1999; the Heineken Prize, 2000; and in 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (with A. Carlson and P. Greengard) for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons.

Dr. Kandel is the author or coauthor of numerous books including, most recently, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, Principles of Neural Science, Memory: From Mind to Molecules, Essentials of Neural Science, and Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and the New Biology of Mind.

Joseph E. LeDoux

film stillJoseph E. LeDoux is a neuroscientist and the Lucy Moses Professor of Science and Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at New York University. He is also the director of the Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety in New York, which conducts animal research to understand the neural basis of pathological fear and anxiety in humans. Utilizing such methods as neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, brain imaging and behavioral studies, he has made important contributions to the understanding of emotional learning and memory.

Professor LeDoux has received many awards, including the Fyssen Foundation International Prize, the Hoch Award, the Jean-Louis Signoret Prize, MERIT Awards and Research Scientist Awards from the American National Institute of Mental Health.

He is the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are. Not the least of LeDoux’s accomplishments, however, is his role as singer and guitarist in the science-themed rock bank, The Amygdaloids, as seen performing in The Hidden Face of Fear.

Marylene Cloitre

film stillMarylene Cloitre is the Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. She is also the Founding Director of the Trauma and Resilience Research Program at the New York University Child Study Center.

Her clinical work and research focuses on the assessment and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, as well as the effects of childhood maltreatment on emotional and social functioning throughout life.

She is the coauthor of Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse and she has published numerous articles in such journals as The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Behaviour Research and Therapy. Dr. Cloitre has also appeared as an authority in her field on such TV programs as 48 Hours, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360º, Good Morning America and The CBS Evening News.

Elizabeth Phelps

film stillElizabeth Phelps is Lab Director at New York University’s Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of emotion, learning and memory, aiming to understand how human learning and memory are changed by emotion, and to investigate the neural systems mediating their interactions.

Dr. Phelps is author of Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind and has written articles for numerous journals, including Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, and Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

David Silbersweig

film stillDavid Silbersweig was formerly a Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Beginning in July 2008, he was named Chair of the Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital Department of Psychiatry, a Teaching Affiliate of the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Silbersweig is one of America’s foremost clinical researchers in the field of neuropsychiatry, at the interface of brain and mind. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of neuroimaging techniques to identify brain circuit abnormalities associated with psychiatric disorders.

After the 9/11 attacks, Dr. Silbersweig played an important role in presenting psychiatric information to the general public through presentations on post traumatic stress disorder on NBC and on clinical depression for CBS.


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