Helen J. Neville

University of Oregon

May 20, 1946 - October 12, 2018


Election Year: 2014
Scientific Discipline: Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Membership Type: Foreign Associate

Helen Neville was Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Brain Development Lab and was the Robert and Beverly Lewis Endowed Chair. Neville used psychophysical, electrophysiological (ERP), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), genetic and epigenetic techniques to study the development and plasticity of the human brain. She studied deaf and blind individuals, people who learned their first or second spoken or signed language at different ages, and children of different ages and of different cognitive capabilities. Neville published in many books and journals including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, and Brain Research. She received numerous honors including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fondation Ipsen Neuronal Plasticity Prize, Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award (IMBES), Hebb Lecturer, Dalhousie University, Honorary Degree, Georgetown University, William James Fellow Award (APS) and the National Academy of Science Award. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Academic Panel of Birth to Three, and was active in many educational outreach programs. Her DVD on brain development and neuroplasticity for non-brain scientists: changingbrains.org.

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