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Mark Changizi
Mark Changizi
About Mark Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella 2009) and Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella 2011). He has expertise in theoretical neurobiology, vision, cognitive science, and language. Born in 1969 and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, he attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and then went on to the University of Virginia for a degree in physics and mathematics, and to the University of Maryland for a PhD in math. In 2002 he won a prestigious Sloan-Swartz Fellowship at Caltech, in 2007 he became assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and in 2010 he joined 2AI Labs. His research aims to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. Focusing on "why" questions, he has made important discoveries on why we see in color, why we see illusions, why we have forward-facing eyes, why letters are shaped as they are, why the brain is organized as it is, why animals have as many limbs and fingers as they do, and why the dictionary is organized as it is. He has more than thirty scientific journal articles, some of which have been covered in news venues such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Time Magazine, Reuters, ABC News, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Scientific American, Wired, Discover Magazine and Live Science. He has written three books, HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella, 2011), THE VISION REVOLUTION (Benbella, 2009) and THE BRAIN FROM 25,000 FEET (Kluwer, 2003). My Web Page, My Lab, My Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Contact
Praise for THE VISION REVOLUTION: "...the novel ideas...may have a big effect on our understanding of the human brain." -- Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2009. Book excerpt in WSJ. "Changizi's theories are appealing and logical... ...will make you wonder the next time you notice someone blush" -- Scientific American MIND, July 2009 "...surprising, overturning theories that have dominated primatology since the 1970s" -- Barnes & Noble Spotlight Review, July 13, 2009 "Changizi challenges common notions regarding sight. ...keep[s] them... dazzled." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review), May 11, 2009 The book has also been mentioned in interviews in the New York Times and Scientific American.
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