Neuroscientist Honoured

"Professor Gazzaniga is a true pioneer in reaching across the disciplines to answer fundamental human questions about the relationship between mind and brain," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "The Humboldt Research Prize is a prestigious award and peer recognition that honours not only his lifetime achievements and discoveries, but also the far-reaching impact of his sustained contributions as the founder of the cognitive neuroscience field."

At UCSB, Gazzaniga 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 a study of patients that have undergone split-brain surgery that has revealed lateralization of functions across the cerebral hemispheres.

Gazzaniga is also principal investigator of the Law and Neuroscience Project, the first systematic effort to bridge the fields of law and science in considering how courts should deal with new brain-scanning techniques as they apply to matters of law. He has published many books accessible to a lay audience, such as the "The Ethical Brain," "Mind Matters" and "Nature's Mind," which, along with his participation in the public television special "The Brain and The Mind," have been instrumental in making information about brain function generally accessible.

Gazzaniga received a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the California Institute of Technology. His teaching and research career has included appointments at UC Davis, Dartmouth College and Medical School, Cornell University Medical College, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York University Graduate School, and UC Santa Barbara.; Source: University of California - Santa Barbara