American neuroscientist and writer. Born in New Mexico, Eagleman studied literature at Rice University before earning his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, where he now directs both the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. In his scientific work, he studies how the brain processes sensory input to create what he calls "a temporally unified picture of the world." Eagleman's collection of short speculative fictions,
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (2009), was an international best-seller; it explores the viewpoint he calls "Possibilianism." He followed this with Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (co-authored with Richard Cytowic, 2009), Why the Net Matters: How the Internet Will Save Civilization (2010), and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2011). Eagleman is also the writer and host of the PBS television series The Brain (2015). See also eagleman.com.