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Laboratory of Neuropsychology Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

David Leopold

Principal Investigator
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Research Interests

Dr. Leopold attained a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 1991. After receiving his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine in 1997, he conducted postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany.  Dr. Leopold arrived at the NIH in 2004 to establish his own research laboratory and to head a core facility for brain imaging in nonhuman primates.  He is now a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology in the National Institute of Mental Health.  He is also the Director of the Neurophysiology Imaging Facility, a joint core facility sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Eye Institute.

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Bridge H, Leopold DA, Bourne JA. Adaptive Pulvinar Circuitry Supports Visual Cognition.  Trends Cogn Sci. 2016 Feb;20(2):146-57. PMID: 26553222.

Reveley C, Seth AK, Pierpaoli C, Silva AC, Yu D, Saunders RC, Leopold DA, Ye FQ. Superficial white matter fiber systems impede detection of long-range cortical connections in diffusion MR tractography.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 May 26;112(21):E2820-8. PMID: 25964365.

McMahon DB, Russ BE, Elnaiem HD, Kurnikova AI, Leopold DASingle-unit activity during natural vision: diversity, consistency, and spatial sensitivity among AF face patch neurons.  J Neurosci. 2015 Apr 8;35(14):5537-48. PMID: 25855170.

Mitchell JF, Leopold DAThe marmoset monkey as a model for visual neuroscience.  Neurosci Res. 2015 Apr;93:20-46. PMID: 25683292.

Hung CC, Yen CC, Ciuchta JL, Papoti D, Bock NA, Leopold DA, Silva AC. Functional mapping of face-selective regions in the extrastriate visual cortex of the marmoset.  J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 21;35(3):1160-72. PMID: 25609630.

McMahon DB, Jones AP, Bondar IV, Leopold DAFace-selective neurons maintain consistent visual responses across months.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 3;111(22):8251-6. PMID: 24799679.

Cox MA, Schmid MC, Peters AJ, Saunders RC, Leopold DA, Maier A. Receptive field focus of visual area V4 neurons determines responses to illusory surfaces.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Oct 15;110(42):17095-100. PMID: 24085849.

Leopold DAPrimary visual cortex: awareness and blindsight.  Annu Rev Neurosci. 2012;35:91-109. PMID: 22715879.

Leopold DA, Rhodes G. A comparative view of face perception.  J Comp Psychol. 2010 Aug;124(3):233-51. PMID: 20695655.

Schmid MC, Mrowka SW, Turchi J, Saunders RC, Wilke M, Peters AJ, Ye FQ, Leopold DABlindsight depends on the lateral geniculate nucleus.  Nature. 2010 Jul 15;466(7304):373-7. PMID: 20574422.