Dr. Adam Gazzaley, M.D, Ph.D, is a professor in Physiology Psychiatry and Neurology; and is the Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. He has received much acclaim for his research endeavours, including the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations, the Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award, and the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award.
He achieved his doctorate in Neuroscience, finished a clinical residency in Neurology, and obtained postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, the University of Pennsylvania, and UC Berkeley respectively. In terms of his accomplishments in research, Gazzaley has been able to bring greater understanding to aging processes and change undergone in the brain, leading to a decline in cognition.
At UC San Francisco, he founded the NIC (Neuroscience Imaging Center). His main research focuses at his laboratory are cognitive memory and attention and neural mechanisms of perception. His studies particularly emphasise the impact of ‘distraction’ when utilising these abilities. His work is heralded for its multidisciplinary combinations of human’s neurophysiological tools such as TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), TES (transelectrical stimulation) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging. More recently, he is looking into methods in which cognition can be improved through custom-designed video games, and how closed loop systems using neurofeedback and TES can assist in this.
His impressive bibliography includes over 80 scientific journals. He has also appeared, or been referenced, by a number of high-profile media outlets such as TIME magazine, CNN, NBC, Wired, The New York Times and the New Yorker; as well as notably hosting ‘The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley’, a PBS televised special.