Wasatch Speaker Series
Dr. David Eagleman
Neuroscientist, New York Times Bestselling Author, Writer & Presenter of The Brain on PBS
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman and the author of the companion book, The Brain: The Story of You. He heads the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute, and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University.
Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system.
Dr. Eagleman appears regularly on radio and television to discuss literature and science. He writes for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC. He has been a TED speaker, a guest on the Colbert Report, was profiled in the New Yorker magazine and was the scientific advisor for the television drama Perception.
Beyond his 100+ academic publications, he has published many popular books. His bestselling book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind: all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 28 languages, turned into two operas and named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble. The award-winning Wednesday is Indigo Blue explores the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which the senses are blended. The Runaway Species, co-authored with music composer Anthony Brandt, explores the neuroscience and behavior behind human creativity. Why the Net Matters examines what the advent of the internet means on the timescale of civilizations.
Dr. 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 has served as an academic editor for several scientific journals and is founder of the company BrainCheck and the cofounder of the company NeoSensory. Dr. Eagleman was named Science Educator of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, and was featured as one of the Brightest Idea Guys by Italy's Style magazine.