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 27 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 was honored to receive the 2014 John J. McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Education from the American Medical Writers' Assocation. Noted past recipients include authors Oliver Sacks and Abraham Verghese.
Barnes and Noble selected SUM as one of the Best Books of the Year.
In the wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting, many people had the same questions: What kind of derangement is indicated by the horrific acts of Ja
I had the pleasure of being profiled by my favorite magazine, The New Yorker. Read the article here.
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.
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A few months ago I scanned a 3,000 mummy. What can (and can't) be concluded based on his perspicuously elongated skull shape, known as dolicocephy (el
I was recently named a CNN Next List Fellow. Watch two clips from the show.
To liberalise or prohibit? I recently joined Eliot Spitzer, Julian Assange, Vicente Fox, Russell Brand, Richard Branson and several others for a
Well before we understand how brains work, we may find ourselves able to digitally copy the brain's structure and able to download the conscious mind
Interested in the intersection of the brain and the legal system? Watch a talk I delivered at the Royal Society for the Arts in London,
The author Will Self and I appeared on stage together to discuss life, death, and what makes good writing.