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IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Todd Handy

15 May 2015

Professor Todd Handy, from the University of British Columbia, will be visiting the School as part of the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship scheme.

Professor Todd Handy received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1998, and did his post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Michael Gazzaniga at Dartmouth College.  He has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia since 2003, where he holds the rank of Professor and Director of the Attentional Neuroscience Laboratory.  His research expertise is in the domain of cognitive electrophysiology, with an emphasis on applying this method in three main lines of study:  attentional deficits contributing to falls in the elderly, how mind wandering alters our neurocognitive engagement with the external environment, and how our attentional systems are activated by changes in our situational contexts, such as when we take ownership over an object.  In addition to numerous original research articles, he has published two edited volumes on cognitive electrophysiology, Event-Related Potentials: A Methods Handbook and Brain Signal Analysis: Advances in Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Methods, both with MIT Press.  He is currently working on a book for a general science audience, titled “Wandering Brains: How Our Feet Explain The Human Mind”.

Further information

Todd Handy will be visiting the School between the 20th of May and the 17th of June. On May 29th, he will give a BVI seminar on Mind Wandering and Selective Attention to the External World

For further information about Todd Handy's visit, please contact Ute Leonards (

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