The Neuroscience of Engagement

Why is it so difficult for us to do those things we know we should?  Here's a talk I gave at Stanford Medical School as part of their MedX series.

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     Hear actress Emily Blunt read the story "The Cast" from Sum.

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    CNN's Next List - video profile

    I was recently named a CNN Next List Fellow. Watch two clips from the show.

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Newsflashes

Sum named Book of the Year by New Scientist

Sum was the only book of fiction in New Scientist magazine's selection of Best Books of 2009.

New York Times bestseller

IncognitoA 26 week New York Times bestseller, Incognito was named a Best Book of the Year by both Amazon and Goodreads. For a taste of the book, see a review in the Wall Street Journal, listen to a conversation on NPR's Fresh Air, or watch a video dialog with Wired Magazine. Reading Incognito now? We'd love to hear feedback!

Guggenheim Fellowship

David has been named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He will use the fellowship opportunity to pursue the genetics and neuroimaging of synesthesia.

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