American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Hubel, David Born 1926. American neurobiologist. He shared a 1981 Nobel Prize for studies on the organization and functioning of the brain.
- n. United States neuroscientist noted for his studies of the neural basis of vision (born in 1926)
“When I asked Hubel and Kiang for advice on where to apply to graduate school in neuroscience, their only point of agreement was that the top places were Cambridge, MA and Cambridge, UK.”
“The traditional thesis project, basically following the paradigm so successfully employed by Hubel and Wiesel, was to drop an extracellular microelectrode into the brain of an anesthetized animal and record the activity of individual neurons while providing sensory stimuli.”
“But what I finally chose was neurobiology, partly because the relationship between brain and mind seemed philosophically the most important problem in science, partly because David Hubel, John Nicholls, and Torsten Wiesel ran a course charismatically proselytizing undergraduates to become neuroscientists.”
“Hubel and Wiesel were still doing the research on visual cortex that eventually won them the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.”
“I asked Prof. Hubel if I could do a summer internship in their lab, but he told me they had no space for undergraduates and suggested that I apply to Nelson Kiang at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary instead.”
“In the late 1970's, the betting was that the next Nobel Prize would go to Kuffler, Wiesel and Hubel.”
“(The next year, Hubel and Wiesel won the Nobel Prize.)”
“B. F. Skinner was formalizing his discoveries about the process of learning, David Hubel and Torston Wiesel, who would later win the Nobel Prize, were uncovering the neurological basis for how the brain puts together visual images, while another Nobel Prize winner, George von Békésy, was uncovering the mechanisms by which we interpret the sounds that we hear.”
“On the first play from scrimmage, Portland State quarterback Drew Hubel threw the ball to WSU linebacker Hallston Higgins.”
“The fact that many adults and older children can learn both first and second languages to a high degree of proficiency makes clear that unlike the kitten visual system studied by Hubel and Wiesel, the language acquisition system in humans is not subject to a critical period in the strict sense.”
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