David Eagleman

David Eagleman (born April 25, 1971) is an American writer and neuroscientist, serving as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He’ll be independently Serves as the director of the Center for Science and Law. He is Berninahaus for his work on brain plasticity , [5] time perception , [6]synesthesia , [7] and neurolaw . [8] He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a council member in the World Economic Forum, and a New York Times Bestselling author published in 28 languages. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] He is the writer and presenter of the international six-hour television series, The Brain with David Eagleman . [14]


Eagleman was born in New Mexico to Arthur and Cirel Egelman, a physician and biology teacher, respectively. [6] [15] An early experience or falling from a robbery raised his interest in understanding the neural basis of time perception. [16] [17] He attended the Albuquerque Academy for high school. As an undergraduate at Rice University , he majored in British and American literature. He spent his junior year ABROAD at Oxford University and graduated from Rice in 1993. [18] He earned his PhD in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in 1998, Followed by a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute . [6]

Eagleman is Currently adjunct associate professor at Stanford University and to post directed a neuroscience research laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine . He sits on boards or verschillende arts organizations and is the youngest member of the board of directors of the Long Now Foundation . Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow, [19] a Next Generation Texas associates, [20] a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies , [21] and a council member on the World Economic Forum ‘s Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience & Behavior . [22] He was voted one of Houston’s Most Stylish one, [23] and Italy’s Style fashion magazine named Eagleman one of the “brainiest, Brightest Idea Guys” and featured im on the cover. [24] He was Awarded the Science Educator Award by the Society for Neuroscience. [25] He has spun off verschillende companies from his research, zoals BrainCheck, [26]welke develops portable cognitive testing and Concussion detection, and NeoSensory, [27] welke uses sound-to-touch sensory substitution to feed data streams into tje brain as DESCRIBED in his 2015 TED talk. [5]

Eagleman has leg profiled in popular-press magazines zoals the New Yorker , [6] Texas Monthly , [28] and Texas Observer , [29] on pop culture television programs zoals The Colbert Report [30] and on the scientific program Nova Science Now. [31] Stewart Brand wrote that ‘David Eagleman nov be the best combination of scientist and fiction writer alive. ” [32]Eagleman founded Deathswitch , an Internet-based dead man’s switch service in 2007. [33]

As Opposed to committing to strict Atheism or to a mn religious position, Eagleman refers to himself as a possibilian , [34] [35] welke distinguishes Itself from Atheism and agnosticism in studying the structure of the Possibility Space.

Scientific specializations

Sensory substitution

In 2015, Eagleman watch a TED talk [5] welke Unveiled a method for using sound-to-touch sensory substitution to feed data streams into tje brain. [36] He spun off a company from his lab, NeoSensory , with offices in Houston and the Bay Area. [37]

Time perception

Eagleman’s scientific work combineert psychophysical, behavioral, and computational approaches to address the relationship between the timing of perception and the timing of neural signals. [38] [39] [40] Areas for welke have been Berninahaus include temporal encoding, time warping, manipulations of the perception of Causality, and time perception in high-adrenaline situations. [41] In one experiment, he dropped himself and other volunteers from a 150-foot tower to measure time perception as they ‘fell. [42] [43] He writes dat his long-range goal is “to under stand how neural signals processed by différent brain regions come together for a temporally unified picture of the world”. [44]


Synesthesia is an unusual perceptual condition in welke stimulation to one sense triggers an involuntary sensation in other senses. Eagleman is the developer of The synesthesia battery, a free online test at welke people kan determine Whether they ‘are synesthetic. [45] In this technique have has tested and Analyzed duizendtallen or synesthetes, [46] and has written a book on synesthesia with Richard Cytowic, entitled Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of synesthesia . [7] Eagleman has Proposed therein sensory processing disorder , a common Characteristic of autism, [ citation needed ] ‘may be a form of synesthesia [47]

Visual illusions

Eagleman has published extensively on what visual illusions [3] tell us about Neurobiology, concentrating met name on the flash was illusion and wagon wheel effect .

Neuroscience and the Law

Neurolaw is an emerging field dat determines how modern brain science arnt affect the way we make laws, Punish criminals, and invent new methods for rehabilitation. [8] [48] [49] Eagleman is the founder and director of the Center for Science and Law. [50] [51]


In 2015, Eagleman wrote and hosted The Brain with David Eagleman , an international television documentary series for welke he was the writer, host and executive producer [52] [53] [54] . [55] [56] [57] The series debuted on PBS in 2015, [58] Followed by Airings on the BBC in the United Kingdom and the SBS in Australia. The New York Times listed it as one of the best television shows of 2015. [59] As of 2016, the series was nominated for an Emmy Award .

Eagleman served as the science advisor for the TNT television drama, Perception , welke stars Eric McCormack as a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist. [60] In dat role, Eagleman wrote one of the episodes, Eternity . [61]



Eagleman’s work or literary fiction, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives , is an international bestseller published in 28 languages. The Observer wrote that ‘Sum has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius “, [11] The Wall Street Journal called Sum ” Inventive and imaginative “, [62] and The Los Angeles Times hailed the book as” teeming, writhing with imagination “. [12] In the New York Times Book Review, Alexander McCall Smith DESCRIBED Sum as a “delightful, thought-provoking little collection reward to dat category or strange, unclassifiable books therein will haunt the reader long after the last page has leg turned. It is full or tangential insights into tje human condition and poetic thought experiments … It is ook full or Touching moments and glorious white of the sort one only Hopes will be in copious supply on the other side. ” [10] Sum was Chosen by Time Magazine for hun 2009 Summer Reading List, [63] and selected as Book of the Week at zowel The Guardian [64] and The Week . [65] In September 2009, Sum was ranked at Amazon as the # 2 Bestselling book in the United Kingdom. [66] [67] Sum was named a Book of the Year at Barnes and Noble, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and The Scotsman.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

Eagleman’s science book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain was a New York Times bestseller [9] and was named a Best Book of 2011 by Amazon, [68] the Boston Globe, [69] and The Houston Chronicle. [70] Incognito was reviewed as “appealing and persuasive” by the Wall Street Journal [71] and “a shining example of lucid and easy-to-grasp science writing” by The Independent . [72] The Book Explores the brain as being a “team of Rivals”, with parts of the brain constantly “fighting it out” onder eachother. [73]

The Brain: The Story of You

In 2015, The Brain cameramen out as a companion book to the television series The Brain with David Eagleman .

Brain and Behavior: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective

In 2016 Eagleman co-authored this Cognitive Neuroscience textbook with Jonathan Downar. The textbook was published by Oxford University Press.

Why the Net Matters

In 2010, Eagleman published Why the Net Matters (Canongate Books) in welke have argued dat de advent of the Internet mitigates some of the traditional Existentiële threats to civilizations. [74] In keeping with the book’s theme of the dematerialization of physical goods, he Chose to publish the manuscript as an app for the iPad Rather dan a physical book. The New York Times Magazine DESCRIBED Why the Net Matters as a “super computer”, referring to “books with so much functionality therein they’re sold as apps”. [75] Stewart Brand DESCRIBED Why the Net Matters as a “Breakthrough work”. The project was longlisted for the 2011 Publishing Innovation Award at Digital Book World. [76] Eagleman’s Talk on the topic, entitled “Six Easy Ways to Avert the Collapse of Civilization”, voted were the # 8 Technology talk or 2010 by Fora.tv.


  • Brain and Behavior: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective , co-authored with Jonathan Downar, Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • The Brain with David Eagleman , a PBS television series, in 2015.
  • The Brain: The Story of You , Canongate Books, 2015.
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain , Pantheon Books, 2011
  • Why the Net Matters: How the Internet will save Civilization , Canongate Books, 2010.
  • Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of synesthesia , co-authored with Richard Cytowic 2009, MIT Press.
  • Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives , Pantheon Books, 2009. (Fiction)


  1. Jump up^ email date overlap his early appointment at BCM
  2. Jump up^ paper dating overlap his work at Salk Institute
  3. Jump up^ attribution date overlap his student tenure at Rice University
  4. Jump up^ BCM dissertation
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c David Eagleman TED talk , March 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c d The Possibilian David Eagleman and the Mysteries of the Brain , The New Yorker , April 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b Cytowic RE and Eagleman DM (2009). Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of synesthesia. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  8. ^ Jump up to:a b The Brain on Trial , David Eagleman, The Atlantic , July 2011
  9. ^ Jump up to:a b Inside the List , New York Times , June 10, 2011
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b Alexander McCall Smith, Eternal Whimsy: Review of David Eagleman’sSum , New York Times Book Review, June 12, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-06-14.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b Geoff Dyer, Do you really want to help come back as a horse ?: Geoff Dyer is Bowled over by a neuroscientist’s exploration of the beyond , The Observer, June 7, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-06-12 .
  12. ^ Jump up to:a b David Eagleman’s Sum (book review), Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-02-08.
  13. Jump up^ International editions or SUM. Retrieved on 2015-03-19.
  14. Jump up^ PBS: The Brain with David Eagleman
  15. Jump up^ BCM dissertation Acknowledgements
  16. Jump up^ Radiolab: FallingSeptember 2010.
  17. Jump up^ Ripley, Amanda (2008). The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why. Crown Books. pp 65-67.
  18. Jump up^ “Association of Rice Alumni” . Rice.edu . Retrieved 2008-12-12 .
  19. Jump up^ Guggenheim Fellowship Awards 2011
  20. Jump up^ The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and LawNext Generation Project Texas Fellows, retrieved on September 5, 2011
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  22. Jump up^ “World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience & Behaviour” (PDF) .
  23. Jump up^ Houston Magazine’s Men of Style 2011
  24. Jump up^ David Eagleman,Stylemagazine, December 2011, Issue 12, pp 75-80.
  25. Jump up^ Science Educator Award, Society for Neuroscience, October 2012.
  26. Jump up^ BrainCheck
  27. Jump up^ Neosensory, Inc.
  28. Jump up^ Is David Eagleman Neuroscience’s Carl Sagan?
  29. Jump up^ The Soul Seeker: A neuroscientist’s search for the human essence,Texas Observer, May 28, 2010.
  30. Jump up^ Colbert Report: David Eagleman, Aired July 21, 2011.
  31. Jump up^ Profile: David Eagleman, Nova Science Now, Aired February 2, 2011.
  32. Jump up^ Introduction to Eagleman lecture at the Long Now Foundation, April 1, 2010.
  33. Jump up^ [2],Houston Chronicle, January 9, 2007.
  34. Jump up^ Beyond God and Atheism: Why I am a possibilianDavid Eagleman,New Scientist, September 27, 2010.
  35. Jump up^ Stray questions for David Eagleman,New York TimesPaper Cuts, July 10, 2009.
  36. Jump up^ Novich SD & Eagleman DM (2015). Using space and time to encode_condition vibrotactile information: toward an estimate extent of the skin’s achievable throughput. Experimental Brain Research. 233 (10): 2777-2788.
  37. Jump up^ NeoSensory
  38. Jump up^ Eagleman DM (2009). Brain Time. InWhat’s Next? Dispatches on the Future of Science. Ed: Max Brockman. Vintage Books.
  39. Jump up^ Burdick, A (2006). The mind into overdrive. Discover Magazine, 27 (4), 21-22.
  40. Jump up^ Eagleman DM (2008). Human time perception and its illusions. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 18 (2): 131-6.
  41. Jump up^ Stetson C Fiesta MP Eagleman DM (2007). Does time really slow down prolongation a frightening event? PLoS One. 2 (12): e1295.
  42. Jump up^ Choi, CQ. Time does not really freeze-when you’re freaked out, MSNBC, January 11, 2007.
  43. Jump up^ Exploring Time(documentary),Discovery Channel, 2007
  44. Jump up^ Eagleman Lab website, retrieved on 2015-10-15
  45. Jump up^ Eagleman DM, Kagan AD, Nelson SN Sagaram D Sarma AK (2007). A Standardized test battery for the study of synesthesia. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 159: 139-145.
  46. Jump up^ Novich SD, Cheng S, Eagleman DM (2011). Is synesthesia one condition or many? A large-scale analysis reveals subgroups. Journal of Neuropsychology. 5: 353-371.
  47. Jump up^ The blended senses or synesthesia,Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2012.
  48. Jump up^ The Brain and The Law, Lecture at the Royal Society for the Arts, London, England, April 21, 2009.
  49. Jump up^ Eagleman DM Correro MA, Singh J (2009). “Why Neuroscience Matters For A Rational Drug Policy” . Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology.
  50. Jump up^ The Center for Science and Law
  51. Jump up^ “You are your brain” – David Eagleman on transforming the criminal justice system, Reason TV, April 2010. Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  52. Jump up^ “David Eagleman’s New TV Show ‘The Brain’ Gets Inside Your Head” . Newsweek . Retrieved October 19, 2015 .
  53. Jump up^ “David Eagleman Wants You to Meet Your Brain” . New York Magazine . Retrieved October 19, 2015 .
  54. Jump up^ Gareth Cook (October 6, 2015). “Exploring the Mysteries of the Brain – David Eagleman answers questions about his major PBS series” . Scientific American .
  55. Jump up^ David DiSalvo (Oct 13, 2015). “The Cosmos Inside Your Head: Neuroscientist David Eagleman Tells The Story Of The Brain On PBS” . Forbes Magazine .
  56. Jump up^ Daniel Bor (Oct 1, 2015). “Neuroscience: The mechanics of mind” . Nature .
  57. Jump up^ Michael Hardy (October 14, 2015). “Is David Eagleman Neuroscience’s Carl Sagan?” . Texas Monthly .
  58. Jump up^ “The Brain with David Eagleman” . Public Broadcasting Service .
  59. Jump up^ “The Best TV Shows of 2015” . New York Times . Dec 7, 2015 . Retrieved April 8, 2016 .
  60. Jump up^ Internet Movie Database, Full Cast & Crew,Perception
  61. Jump up^ Internet Movie Database, Eternity episode ofPerception
  62. Jump up^ Stark, A.In Our End Is Our Beginning,Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2009.
  63. Jump up^ TIME Magazine’s 2009 Summer Reading list, July 13, 2009.
  64. Jump up^ Nick Lézard,Life after Life Explained,The Guardian, June 13, 2009.
  65. Jump up^ Book of the week: Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives by David Eagleman,The Week, March 6, 2009.
  66. Jump up^ Stephen Fry tweet Sends book’s sales rock direction,The Guardian, September 11, 2009.
  67. Jump up^ Stephen Fry’s Twitter posts on David Eagleman novel sparks 6000% sales spike,The Telegraph, September 11, 2009.
  68. Jump up^ Amazon.com Best Science Books of 2011
  69. Jump up^ Boston Globe: Best Books of the Year 2011
  70. Jump up^ Bookish: Best Books of 2011
  71. Jump up^ The Stranger Within,Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2011
  72. Jump up^ Incognito review,The Independent, April 17, 2011
  73. Jump up^ Fresh Air with Terry Gross (May 31, 2011). ” ‘ Incognito’: What’s Hiding In The Unconscious Mind” . National Public Radio (US) WHYY, Inc . Press the blue button to hear the audio of the interview.
  74. Jump up^ A new species of computer, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, January 13, 2010
  75. Jump up^ Watch Me, Read Me,New York Times Magazine, January 16, 2011
  76. Jump up^ EE Innovation Awards longlist, retrieved January 16, 2011.