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About the Authors

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the departments of neuroscience and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and is the founder and director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Dr. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 28 languages and turned into two operas in Sydney and London. Dr. Eagleman is the author and presenter of “The Brain”, an international six-hour series on PBS that poses the question, “What does it mean to be human?” from a neuroscientist’s point of view. Dr. Eagleman has written for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC.

Jonathan Downar is the Director of the MRI-Guided rTMS Clinic at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada, and a scientist at the Toronto Western Research Institute. He currently holds appointments with the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.

As a physician-scientist, his clinical work focuses on using noninvasive brain stimulation to treat patients with severe and medication-resistant forms of psychiatric illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders. His research work focuses on developing a new generation of more effective, more accessible, and less costly techniques for brain stimulation in these disorders. His research laboratory also focuses on developing tests that use functional MRI and EEG to predict the most effective treatment parameters for individual patients.

In addition to his research and clinical work Dr. Downar teaches undergraduate courses in the neuroscience of social cognition, emotional regulation, decision making, and other forms of complex human behavior. He also teaches medical students and psychiatry resident physicians on the subjects of neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and therapeutic brain stimulation.

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