"...see how a masterful theorist revisualizes                             "...this book might hold a key to one of humanity's
    one of the oldest subdisciplines of psychology."                       longstanding mysteries."                                        
                    Dan Simons, author of The Invisible Gorilla                           Stanislas Dehaene, author of Reading in the Brain          
                  Made New Scientist "Top Books of 2009" Story                                     Seed, PT, WSJ, PLOS, more                                  
       

       



MARK CHANGIZI, changizi@2ai.org, research, CV, contact

...Director of Human Cognition at 2AI Labs,
      a mix of fundamental research, unique IP, and tech advice to firms.

...writes about science at places like... ChangiziBlog (HUB) -- Forbes -- Wired
    -- PsychToday -- Sci2.0 -- Atlantic -- Seed (a b) -- Telegraph -- Sciam -- NewSci

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RECENT NEWS (All press stories)
  • new... BBE: My pruney-rain-treads paper, free for a time.
          See also Nature, NPR. MSNBC, PBS News Hour, Discovery.
  • new... Wired: What underlies the 2011 Illusion of the year?
  • new... Scientific American, Douglas Fox: The limits of intelligence. [podcast]
  • new... WSJ, Pia Catton: Interview about HARNESSED.
  • Twit TV, Dr. Kiki Science Hour: I talk about what's next, after humans.
  • Forbes: What to Unravel Next, After the Genome? The Teleome (must-read)
  • LiveScience, Wynne Parry: Explaining Best Illusion 2011. Illusion gallery.
  • Bill Benzon: Author of Beethoven's Anvil, on the trouble with academia, and me:
          "Mark Changizi...one of most brilliant & creative psychologists of his generation"
  • Ireland Radio's Jonathan McCrea: Interview on VisRev (40:30 in).
  • Forbes: Are some cities smarter?
  • Internet Actu: ...on Harnessed.
  • Forbes: 3D Movies Could Be So Much More. (must-read)
  • LiveScience: What I'd ask Obama, on academic funding.
  • Forbes: Harnessing Humans. (must-read)
  • Brain Pickings: Review of Vision Revolution
  • Wired: No, children really are the future.
  • PsychToday: The Trouble With the Web and E-Books.
          and related stories in Technology Review by Christopher Mims,
          and in Fastcodesign by John Pavlus.
  • The Atlantic, Andrew Sullivan: On Human 3.0.
  • Forbes, Meghan Casserly: Creativity and social media.
  • Seed: Humans, Version 3.0, a manifesto. (must-read)
  • New Scientist: What Is It Like to be Oliver Sacks?
  • PsychToday: 3D Movies are Missing the Point...of View.
  • Seed: When Will the Web Become Self-Aware? (must-read)
  • Invisible Gorilla author Dan Simons reviews my book.
  • PsychToday: When Exactly Will Computers Go Ape-Shi*? (must-read)
  • Neuroanthropology, Daniel Lende: Interview about Harnessed.
  • PsychToday: Why Humans Are So Smart...and Groovy.
  • PLOS Blogs: Men, Get Your Red On.
  • The Atlantic: My review of Phillip Ball's, The Music Instinct.
  • Gizmodo, Mike Fahey: Cyclopses, video games. and The Vision Revolution.
  • PsychToday: Steven Pinker's Instincts on Language.
  • CNN, Elizabeth Landau: Is 'red' the same to all creatures?.
  • New Scientist: Vis Rev in story of the six best science books of 2009.
  • PsychToday: Is Academia Inhospitable to Big Discoveries? (must-read)
  • LiveScience, Jeremy Hsu: Cats w/ mouse bodies.
  • PsychToday: The Man Who Mistook His Y for a Hat.
  • The New Yorker, Oliver Sacks: My origins-of-writing research.
  • PsychToday: The Colorful Smell of Richard Dawkins.
  • Brain, Behavior and Evolution: Neuroscientist's Embarrassment: AI's Opportunity.
  • Stories on harnessing color vision for hospital health: BoingBoing, Toronto Sun
          Forbes, Times Union (video), LA Times, AOL News,
  • PsychToday: Idea Mongers, No Genius Required.
  • New York Times, Alison Gopnik: "...most interesting..." writing research.
  • Telegraph: Going Green with Reading: Dehaene's Reading in the Brain .
  • Benchfly, Alan Marnett: interview.
  • Telegraph: You are a supercolony.
  • BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker: Why Hugh Hefner owes me.
  • Science 2.0: The Science of Illusions in Four Easy Steps.
  • Daily Planet, Jay Ingram: City-Brain research on Discovery Channel (7:30 in).
  • Scientific American: Why Does Music Make Us Feel?
  • Wall Street Journal, Chris Chabris: Review of VisRev.
  • Wired, Alexis Madrigal: Harnessing vision for computation.
  • New York Times, Benedict Carey: My grand unified theory of illusions.
  • Scientific American, Nikhil Swaminathan: Interview.


  • MARK CHANGIZI is an evolutionary neurobiologist aiming to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. His research focuses on "why" questions, and he has made important discoveries such as 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 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 in Theoretical Neurobiology at Caltech, and in 2007 he became an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2010 he took the post of Director of Human Cognition at a new research institute called 2ai Labs.

    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 and Wired. He has written three books, THE BRAIN FROM 25,000 FEET (Kluwer 2003), THE VISION REVOLUTION (Benbella 2009) and HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella 2011). He is working on his fourth book, this one on emotions and facial expressions, called MAKING FACES: What Our Emotional Expressions Say, and How They Say It.

    Some praise for THE VISION REVOLUTION (Book excerpt in WSJ):

    "...fascinating book...", in a story on the best books of 2009 -- Amanda Gefter, New Scientist, Aug 25, 2010
    "...may have a big effect on our understanding of the human brain." -- Invisible Gorilla author Dr. CChris Chabris, Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2009.
    "...will make you wonder the next time you notice someone blush" -- Melinda Wenner, Scientific American MIND, July 2009
    "...surprising, overturning theories that have dominated primatology since the 1970s" -- Jennifer Curry, Barnes & Noble Spotlight Review, July 13, 2009
    "...challenges common notions regarding sight. ...keep[s] them... dazzled." -- Professor R. H. Cormack, Publishers Weekly (starred review), May 11, 2009
    "...unusual in range & quality of his ideas, the clarity & humour with which he can lay them out." -- Mind Hacks' Dr. Tom Stafford, The Psychologist, June, 2010
    "...interesting and challenging new theories." -- Professor Adrian G. Dyer, Quarterly Review of Biology, June, 2010
    "...see how a masterful theorist revisualizes one of the oldest subdisciplines of psychology." -- Invisible Gorilla's Dan Simonss, PsychToday, Nov, 2010.
    The book has also been mentioned in interviews in the New York Times and Scientific American,