David Eagleman

Neuroscientist, New York Times Best Selling Author

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Biography

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and is the Founder and Director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Dr. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brainand Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 27 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. Dr. Eagleman is the author and presenter of “The Brain,” an international 6 hour series on PBS which poses the question “what does it mean to be human?” from a neuroscientists point of view. Dr. Eagleman has written for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature, and has been profiled in the New Yorker.