Gazzaniga, M. S. (1939–)
Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D.
Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions
Widely considered the father of the field of cognitive neuroscience, Gazzaniga has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the brain. In particular, he has furthered our knowledge of functional lateralization and how the left and right hemispheres of the brain communicate with each other. He is best known for his groundbreaking work with split-brain patients (individuals who underwent corpus callosotomy to reduce severe generalized seizures). Gazzaniga also is credited with increasing the accessibility of research on the brain to the public through his many books, interviews, and television appearances. His text, The Cognitive Neurosciences, currently in its fifth edition (2014), is recognized as the guidebook that captures the rapid advances in the field.
Education and Training
National Institutes of Health Fellowship, Institute of Physiology, Pisa, Italy, August–December, 1966
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- Gazzaniga, M. S. (2005b). The ethical brain. Washington, DC: Dana Press.Google Scholar
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