Course Title: Session D: Tales from Both Sides of the Brain


Credit Hours: 1.0


Instructor(s) Michael S. Gazzaniga, PhD


Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

Abstract & Learning Objectives

My fifty-year exploration of split-brain patients has revealed secrets of human brain organization that remain challenging to our understanding of mind and brain. In this account both the major scientific milestones and many people involved in the lifelong project will be portrayed. The importance of this dwindling split-brain patient population will be discussed in the context of current neuroscience endeavors. Overall the scientific life is full of sociality, hard work and just plain fun. Taking the long view, it is easy to see how we are influenced by others and how we do the same to them. Indeed, a life in science is a social process.

Michael S. Gazzaniga, PhD

Michael S. Gazzaniga, PhD

Director, Sage Center for the Study of Mind
University of California, Santa Barbara

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to list and describe important milestones from the history of split-brain research.
  2. Attendees will be able to discuss how these findings have informed our understanding of key cognitive processes.

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Speaker Biography

Michael S. Gazzaniga is the Director of the Sage Center for the study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology in 1964/65, where he worked with Roger Sperry, and had primary responsibility for initiating human split-brain research. He has carried out extensive studies on both sub-human primate and human behavior and cognition. He has established Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience at Cornell Medical School and Dartmouth College and the Center for Neuroscience at UC, Davis. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and also a founder of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. For 20 years he directed the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the major reference text, The Cognitive Neurosciences. He was a member of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001-2009. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. His new book Tales from Both Sides of the Brain (2015) is a 50 year perspective on a life in science.