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David Eagleman

Neuroscientist, technologist, and author.

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I teach Brain Plasticity and have a new book out on that topic: LIVEWIRED.  I also teach The Brain and the Law, and I have written the textbook (Brain and Behavior) for the Cognitive Neuroscience course. My colleague Joshua Landy and I have designed a new course, Literature and the Brain.

My scientific interests are how the brain constructs perception, how different brains do so differently, and how this matters for society. To that end, most of my study, writing, and teaching involves  sensory substitutiontime perceptionsynesthesia, and neurolaw.  Please see publications for our latest research results. Funding for my research has come from NIH, NSF, DHHS, DARPA, Guggenheim Foundation, and several private foundations.

I'm the co-founder and CEO of Neosensory, a company which translates the unhearable and unseeable into the realm of the felt.  See my TED talk for more about that. And watch Season 2 (episode 7) of Westworld to see our technology featured there.

I'm also the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer for BrainCheck, a mobile platform used in schools, physician offices, and hospital systems to assess cognitive changes associated with dementia or concussion.

I serve on the scientific advisory board of many companies, including NextSense,, and others.

I direct the national non-profit The Center for Science and Law, and serve as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Science and Law

Public understanding of science is a passion of mine, and to that end I created and presented The Brain, an international 6-hour television series and companion book.  In this series, I pose a simple question from a neuroscientist's point of view: what does it mean to be human?  I additionally write for the New York TimesTime Magazine,Discover MagazineEconomistAtlanticThe WeekSlateWiredNew Scientistand others.  I speak often on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss what's new and important in science.

I am fortunate to have been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Goldman Sachs Innovator of the Year, a Claude Shannon Luminary by Bell Labs, and an Educator of the Year for the Society for Neuroscience.  

Within the scientific community, I serve as an editor and reviewer for several journals.  I also serve on the board of directors for several organizations, including the American Brain Foundation, the Mind Science Foundation, and the Long Now Foundation.

I have written many non-fiction books, including my latest, LIVEWIRED, which has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  I have also written the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which was named a Book of the Year by Amazon, Goodreads, Houston Chronicle, and Boston Globe.  My other non-fiction books include The Runaway SpeciesWednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of SynesthesiaThe Safety Net: Surviving Pandemics and Other Disasters, and Brain & Behavior: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective.

I also write fiction. My book Sum is an international bestseller, and has been in the top 100 bestselling books on Amazon several times over the course of a decade. It has been translated into 33 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. British musician Brian Eno and I performed a musical reading of Sum at the Sydney Opera House, and German composer Max Richter translated Sum into a full opera at the Royal Opera House in London. 

Department of Psychiatry
401 Quarry Road
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305

Assistant: Seán Judge,