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Michael Gazzaniga

American neuroscientist

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Michael Gazzaniga currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the director of their SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. Previously, Gazzaniga has held professorial positions at institutions including New York University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and University of California at Davis. Besides his professorial work, Gazzaniga has founded and directed numerous university research centers, as well as the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and even served as a member of the Council on Bioethics under 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush. Gazzaniga completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in 1961, and his Ph.D. in psychobiology at the California Institute of Technology in 1964.

Gazzaniga is recognized as a pioneering figure in the field of cognitive neuroscience, and has significantly advanced our understanding of the functional lateralization in the brain, or in common terms, how the left-side and the right-side of our brains communicate with each other. Fortunately, his work has not been confined to the halls of academia; Gazzaniga is known for accessible popular science books, such as Social Brain: Discovering the Networks of the Mind, and the TV series The Brain and The Mind. In particular, Gazzaniga is probably most famous for his research into split-brained patients, i.e. patients in who (for a variety of reasons) their left and right brain halves operate separately from each other.

Other key works by Gazzaniga include, Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain and more recently, and The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind.

For his work, Gazzaniga has received numerous awards and honors, including being made a fellow of the American Neurological Association, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, from the American Psychological Association, and a William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science.

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Michael S. Gazzaniga is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the new SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, the study of the neural basis of mind. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

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California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology

Private research university located in Pasadena, California

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Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College

University and liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States

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Stony Brook University

Public university in Stony Brook, New York, United States

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University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Barbara

Public university near Goleta, California, United States and part of the University of California system

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University of California, Davis

University in Davis

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#517 World Rank #271 USA Rank
Psychology
#1442 World Rank #518 USA Rank
Biology
#1869 World Rank #510 USA Rank
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#22135 World Rank #5429 USA Rank
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