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Vernon B. Mountcastle (1918–2015)

  • Marco CambiaghiEmail author
Pioneers in Neurology
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Vernon Benjamin Mountcastle, once dubbed “the Jacques Cousteau of the [cerebral] cortex” [ 1], is widely considered the father of modern neuroscience, thanks to his outstanding achievements in the 1950s when he pioneered neurophysiological studies of the cortex. In his 1981 Nobel Lecture, David Hubel referred to Vernon Mountcastle as “[the person] whose discovery of columns in the somatosensory cortex was surely the single most important contribution to the understanding of cerebral cortex since Cajal” [ 2], honouring his fundamental legacy in the comprehension of perceptual complexity (Fig.  1).

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Acknowledgements

Marco Cambiaghi was founded by the Alexander Bodini Research Fellowship in Developmental and Adolescent Psychiatry, from The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in AmericaColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Integrative NeuroscienceNew York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

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