Larry Weiskrantz

BA Swarthmore, MA MSc Oxf, PhD Harvard, FRS

Emeritus Professor of Psychology


I am an author of over 200 publications covering many areas of cognitive neuroscience, and am credited with the discovery of the phenomenon of blindsight  which is the voluntary visually evoked response to a stimulus presented within a scotoma.

I was educated at Swarthmore (BA with highest honours in 1949); gained an MSc from Oxford University (1950) and PhD from Harvard University (1953).  I was the Head of Department at Oxford University from 1967, and I’ve been Emeritus Professor of Psychology since 1993.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and of Academia Europaea.  I have served on the Council of the Royal Society, and on the Council of the Fyssen Foundation, am a medalist of the Royal Society of Medicine and the American Association for Advancement of Science, and I have delivered the Heisenberg Lecture of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences/Siemens Foundation and the Ferrier Lecture of the Royal Society.  I was Honorary President of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, inaugural President of European Brain and Behaviour Society, and President of the Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness.

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