photo: Dr. V.S. Ramachandran2002 Guest Lecturer
V. S. Ramachandran

Dr. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran is known as the “Sherlock Holmes of Neuroscience” for his originality and skill in investigating the hidden properties of the human mind. He is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California at San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Ramachandran is a Trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art and has lectured widely on art, visual perception, and the brain. His work is often featured in the major news media and in 2000 Newsweek magazine named him a member of its “Century Club” as one of “the one hundred most prominent people to watch in the next century.” After training as a physician at Stanley Medical College in India, Dr. Ramachandran earned his Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. His early research was on visual perception. Currently, he pursues research interests in cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neurology (the study of perceptual and cognitive deficits in human neurological patients), stroke rehabilitation, human visual perception/cognition, and visual psychophysics.

With the success of his critically acclaimed book about human neural plasticity, Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran’s sleuthing abilities in explaining mysteries of the mind became known worldwide. He hosted “Secrets of the Mind,” an October 2001 episode of the PBS science series NOVA. The program featured Dr. Ramachandran’s research with human neurological syndromes as probes to explore perception, cognition, and the nature of consciousness.

To learn more about Dr. Ramachandran and his work, visit the Swartz Foundation Web site at and follow the links from the page to find out more about his talk.