Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Gazzaniga, M. S. (1939–)

  • Aimilia Papazoglou
  • Kristen Smith
  • Tricia Z. KingEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_616


Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D.

Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions

Widely considered the father of the field of cognitive neuroscience, Gazzaniga has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the brain. In particular, he has furthered our knowledge of functional lateralization and how the left and right hemispheres of the brain communicate with each other. He is best known for his groundbreaking work with split-brain patients (individuals who underwent corpus callosotomy to reduce severe generalized seizures). Gazzaniga also is credited with increasing the accessibility of research on the brain to the public through his many books, interviews, and television appearances. His text, The Cognitive Neurosciences, currently in its fifth edition (2014), is recognized as the guidebook that captures the rapid advances in the field.

Education and Training

National Institutes of Health Fellowship, Institute of Physiology, Pisa, Italy, August–December, 1966

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aimilia Papazoglou
    • 1
  • Kristen Smith
    • 1
  • Tricia Z. King
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience InstituteGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA