V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. Ramachandran initially trained as a doctor and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Paul Broks: Into the Silent Land is a stunning look into how the human brain constructs a "self," or the essence of who we are as individuals. A neuropsychologist with twenty-five years' experience and a runner-up for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Science Prize, Paul Broks writes with a doctor's precision and clarity in a series of narratives about the fascinating world of the neurologically impaired, delving not only into the inner lives of his patients, but into a deeper understanding of how we define who we are. Fusing classic cases of neuropsychology with the author's own case studies, personal vignettes, philosophical debate, and thought-provoking riffs and meditations on the nature of neurological impairments and dysfunctions, Into the Silent Land is an illuminating study of neuroscience, and an extraordinary look into the unknown world of the self.
Dr. David Linden: David Linden is Professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Following undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley with Joe Martinez, he performed his doctoral research in the lab of Aryeh Routtenberg at Northwestern University, examining the role of protein kinase C in long term synaptic potentiation and modulation of voltage-gated ion channels.
Linden has a long standing interest in scientific communication, serving on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Neurophysiology, Neuron, and The Cerebellum. He is author of a neuroscience book for a general audience, The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God