Dan David Prize Goes to Dr. William T. Newsome III
Dr. William T. Newsome bridges the fields of neurophysiology and perceptual psycholoy. Through his outstanding research he has demonstrated the correlation between certain brain cells and the process of visual perception and how the brain interprets the signals arriving from the eye. If these links between nerve cell activity and perception can be clarified, researchers will be able to find the best ways of looking at the brain to determine normal and abnormal neural functioning.
Dr. Newsome has provided evidence that certain perceptions are caused by the stimulation of distinct circuits of neurons in the visual cortex. In addition to this, there is exciting new work underway in Dr. Newsome's laboratories concerning the neural basis of psychological decision-making, a critical link of perception and action. To address such issues, Dr. Newsome is conducting simultaneous behavioral and physiological experiments in rhesus monkeys trained to perform carefully selected visual discrimination tasks.