MICHAEL GAZZANIGA, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, is a Professor of Psychology and the Director for the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California Santa Barbara. He oversees an extensive and broad research program investigating how the brain enables the mind. Over the course of several decades, a major focus of his research has been an extensive study of patients that have undergone split-brain surgery that have revealed lateralization of functions across the cerebral hemispheres.
In addition to his position in Santa Barbara, Professor Gazzaniga is also the Director of the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, and is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.
He is the author of Nature's Mind, Mind Matters, The Social Brain, The Mind's Past, The Ethical Brain, Human, Who's In Charge? and Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.
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