Dale Purves

Duke University

Primary Section: 52, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Secondary Section: 28, Systems Neuroscience
Membership Type: Member (elected 1989)


Dale Purves is the George B. Geller Professor of Neurobiology Emeritus in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences where he remains Research Professor with additional appointments in the department of Psychology and Brain Sciences and the department of Philosophy at Duke University. After earning a B.A. from Yale, an M.D. from Harvard and additional postdoctoral training at Harvard and University College London, he joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1973.  In 1990 he became  the founding chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Duke Medical Center and was subsequently Director of Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He also served as the Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore .

Research Interests

Best known for his work on neural development and synaptic plasticity, Purves' research during the last 20 years has sought to explain visual  perception and auditory perception in the context of music.

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