George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience
The George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience was established in 1995 by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society to honor the innovative scholarship of George A. Miller, whose many theoretical advances has so greatly influenced the discipline of cognitive neuroscience. The first ten years of the prize were funded by generous support from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
The Prize shall be awarded to the nominee whose career is characterized by distinguished and sustained scholarship and research at the cutting-edge of their discipline and that has in the past, or has the potential in the future, to revolutionize cognitive neuroscience. Extraordinary innovation and high impact on international scientific thinking should be a hallmark of the recipient’s work.
Each year a call for nominations for the George A. Miller Prize will be made to the membership of the society. The recipient of the prize will attend the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and deliver the George A. Miller lecture.
Congratulations to Dr. David Van Essen, our 2017 George A. Miller Awardee. Dr. Van Essen will receive his award and give his lecture at CNS 2017 in San Francisco.
“A Cortical Cartographer’s View of Brain Structure, Function, Connectivity, Development, and Evolution”
Speaker: David C. Van Essen, Alumni Endowed Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis
The cerebral cortex is the dominant structure of the mammalian brain, and it plays critical but diverse roles in cognition, perception, emotion, and motor control. This lecture will review recent progress in elucidating the structure, function, connectivity, development, and evolution of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates. Underlying methodological themes will include the power of surface-based analysis and visualization and the importance of user-friendly data sharing for accelerating progress in exploring these topics. Consideration of cortical development will include questions of why the cortex is a sheet whose convolutions vary across species and across individuals. Advances in elucidating functional organization include a recent multimodal human cortical parcellation, based on data from the Human Connectome Project (HCP), that reveals 180 distinct areas in each hemisphere. The ability to accurately parcellate the cortex in individual subjects will enable systematic analyses of individual variability in relation to many neurobiologically informative features as well as hundreds of behavioral measures that are part of the freely shared HCP data. Comparisons with nonhuman primates, including chimpanzees as well as macaque monkeys, provide intriguing evolutionary insights regarding the dramatic expansion of neocortical regions associated with higher cognition in the human lineage.
Previous Winners of the George A. Miller Lectureship
2016 Brian Wandell, Isaac and Madeline Stein Family Professor
2015 Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D., University of Washington
2014 Jon Kaas, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
2013 Fred Gage, Ph.D., The Salk Institute
2012 Eve Marder, Ph.D., Brandeis University
2011 Mortimer Mishkin, Ph.D., NIMH
2010 Steven Pinker, Ph.D., Harvard University
2009 Marcus Raichle, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine
2008 Anne Treisman, Ph.D., Princeton University
2007 Joaquin M. Fuster, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
2006 Steven A. Hillyard, Ph.D., University of California San Diego
2005 Leslie Ungerleider, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health
2004 Michael Posner, Ph.D., University of Oregon
2003 Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., Dartmouth College
2002 Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D., Princeton University
2001 William Newsome, Ph.D., Stanford University
2000 Patricia Churchland, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
1999 Giacommo Rizzolatti, Ph.D., University of Parma, Italy
1998 Susan Carey, Ph.D., New York University
1997 Roger Shepard, Ph.D., Stanford University
1996 David Premack, Ph.D., CNRS, France
1995 David H. Hubel, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School