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Joseph V. Brady

Institutional affiliation: 1967 - 2011

Joseph Brady

Joe Brady was a bigger-than-life character whose contributions to behavioral neuroscience and the space program prior to coming to Hopkins had immediate and public implications beyond academia - and beyond the earth's atmosphere, for that matter.

By the time Brady came to Hopkins in the 1970s he had already established a research model for testing the effects of pharmaceuticals on the motivation of experimental monkeys to work for a reward; he had already in his famous "executive monkey" experiments linked unavoidable stress to gastric ulcers; and he had collaborated with the early space program to ensure that America's first primate astronauts were psychologically fit to cope with space travel. In his 30 years at Hopkins, his work found widespread clinical application in research on drug addiction and recovery in humans, and continues to inspire a thriving scientific program. Among generations of Hopkins medical students, he was perhaps most famous for his "chicken" lecture, in which he would apply the principles of behavioral conditioning to train poultry, in front of the class, to do tricks in return for chicken feed.

Dean MacKinnon, M.D.

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