J. Anthony Movshon studies vision and visual perception, using a multidisciplinary approach that combines biology, behavior and theory. His work explores the way neural networks in the brain compute and represent the form and motion of objects and scenes, the way that these networks contribute to perceptual judgments and to the control of visually guided action, and the way that normal and abnormal visual experiences influence neural development in early life.
Movshon was born and raised in New York, received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and then joined the Department of Psychology at New York University in 1975. In 1987, he became founding director of New York University’s Center for Neural Science. Among his honors are the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the António Champalimaud Vision Award, the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, and the Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.