I'm an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. The long range goal of my neuroscience research is to understand how the brain constructs perception, how different brains do so differently, and how this matters for society. To that end, my four main research prongs involve sensory substitution, time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. Please see publications for our latest research results. Funding for our previous research has come from NIH, NSF, DHHS, DARPA, Guggenheim Foundation, and several private foundations.
I'm also the founder and Chief Scientific Officer for BrainCheck, a company which uses interactive testing on portable tablets to measure brain function. BrainCheck is currently being used in schools for rapid concussion assessment, and in hospitals for the detection of dementia.
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 Times, Discover Magazine,Atlantic, The Week, Slate, Wired, New Scientist, and others. I speak often on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss what's new and important in science.
I am fortunate to be a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Goldman Sachs "Intriguing Innovator of the Year".
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 Long Now Foundation.
I have written many non-fiction books, including my latest, The Runaway Species. 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 Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia, Why the Net Matters, and Brain & Behavior: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective(which is used for Stanford's Cognitive Neuroscience course). My book of fiction, Sum, was lucky enough to become an international bestseller. 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.
David M. Eagleman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Assistant: Seán Judge, firstname.lastname@example.org