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Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran (born 10 August 1951) is a neuroscientist known primarily for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. Ramachandran is the author of several books that have garnered widespread public interest. These include Phantoms in the Brain (1998), “A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness” (2004) and The Tell-Tale Brain (2010).
Ramachandran has achieved both professional and popular recognition. He has published papers on a wide variety of topics in neuroscience. His books, interviews, and lectures have helped build public interest in contemporary neuroscience. In 2011, Time listed him as one of “the most influential people in the world” on the “Time 100 list”.