Deemed the Marco Polo of neuroscience, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, MD, Ph.D., utilizes seemingly simple techniques (i.e., does not rely heavily on high-tech equipment) to make profound discoveries about the human brain and to unlock mysteries of the human mind. His research focuses on autism, the evolution of language, phantom limbs, human vision, rare neurological syndromes and mirror neurons which, he believes, “hold the key to understanding many enigmatic aspects of human evolution.”
Ramachandran is the Director of the UC San Diego Center for Brain and Cognition, a Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at UC San Diego and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. He has published over 180 papers in scientific journals, and is the author of the acclaimed books Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (Harper Perennial, 1999) and, the New York Times best seller, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). Amongst many other awards and honors, Ramachandran was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and was deemed the “Padma Bhushan” (a civilian award and honorific title in India) by the President of India.
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