David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. At night he writes. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 28 languages. Why the Net Matters examines what the advent of the internet means on the timescale of civilizations Wednesday is Indigo Blue explores the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which the senses are blended. His most recent book, the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind—in other words, all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access.
Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow, a winner of the McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, Vice-Chair on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience & Behaviour, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Mind Science Foundation, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. He is an academic editor for several scientific journals. He was named Science Educator of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, and was featured as one of the year's Brightest Idea Guys by Italy's Style magazine. He is founder of the company BrainCheck, the scientific advisor for the television drama Perception, and has been profiled on the Colbert Report, NOVA Science Now, the New Yorker, CNN's Next List, and many other venues. He appears regularly on radio and television to discuss literature and science.
David is the author and presenter of a new 6 hour PBS series entitled The Brain, which will air internationally in October 2015.
Why should the US invest in brain science? See David's opinion in the New York Times.
Want to know how neuroscience will force major changes in our criminal justice system? Read David's article The Brain on Trial in The Atlantic. Now anthologized in 2012 Best American Science and Nature Writing.
Read a Q&A with David in New Scientist to find out his ideas and advice to young scientists.
I was named a CNN Next List Fellow. Watch two clips from the show.
I hosted a BBC radio documentary to explore the imagination of one of Italy's foremost writers, Italo Calvino.
I had the pleasure of being profiled by my favorite magazine, The New Yorker. Read the article here.
The "umwelt" is the slice of an animal's ecosystem that it can sense. The rest is invisible....
To the extent that consciousness is useful, it is useful in small quantities, and for very particular kinds of tasks. It's easy to understand why you
Why don't we do what we know we should? Here's a talk I gave at Stanford Medical School telling why, and what to do about it.
I had the honor of being selected as one of Houston Modern Luxury's Men of Style.
New Scientist magazine featured my time perception research as their cover story.