Joseph E. LeDoux, PhD

New York University

Dr. Joseph E. LeDoux is a University Professor and Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University, where he also directs the Emotional Brain Institute. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion, memory, and consciousness. LeDoux has received a number of awards for his research (Fyssen Prize, Jean Louis Signore Prize, Donald Hebb Award, among others). He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. LeDoux is the author of several books, including The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self, Anxious (2016 APA William James Book Award), and The Deep History of Ourselves (finalist for the 2020 Pen America E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing). The Four Realms of Existence was published in October 2023. LeDoux is the 2023 President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids, and in the acoustic duo So We Are. A recent documentary about his life, work and music can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.