Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the premiere doctors of neuroscience, was born on December 12, 1939 in Los Angeles. Educated at Dartmouth College and California Institute of Technology, he has been on the faculty of the Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis. His early research examined the subject of epileptics who had undergone surgery to control seizures. He has also studied Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients and reveals important findings in books such as Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. While many of his writings are technical, he also educates and stimulates readers with discussions about the fascinating and mysterious workings of the brain. Books such as The Social Brain and The Mind's Past bring forth new information and theories regarding how the brain functions, interacts, and responds with the body and the environment.
Diane F. Halpern (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati) is Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. She has won many awards for her teaching and research, including the 2002 Outstanding Professor Award from the Western Psychological Association, the 1999 American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1996 Distinguished Career Award for Contributions to Education given by the American Psychological Association, the California State Universityï¿½s State-Wide Outstanding Professor Award. Halpern was president of the American Psychological Association in 2004 and is a past president of the Society for Teaching of Psychology. She is the author of: Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities . She is currently chairing an APA Taskforce on redesigning undergraduate education in psychology. Her edited book, Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline (APA Books) will be published in 2009.
Todd F. Heatherton (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is Department Chair and the Champion International Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. His primary research examines the situational, individual, motivational, and affective processes that interfere with self-regulation. He has been on the executive committees of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Association of Researchers in Personality, and the International Society of Self and Identity and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology , the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , and the Review of General Psychology . He is author or co-author of more than seventy-five articles, chapters and books. Heatherton received the Petra Shattuck Award for Teaching Excellence from the Harvard Extension School in 1994. In 2005, he received the award Distinguished Service on Behalf of Social and Personality Psychology from SPSP.