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Stanford’s Knudsen set for Discovery Lecture

Apr. 23, 2015, 9:23 AM

Stanford University neurobiologist Eric Knudsen, Ph.D., well known for his studies of learning and attention in birds, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4 p.m. April 30 in 208 Light Hall.

Eric Knudsen, Ph.D.

Knudsen’s lecture is entitled “How the brain controls attention: a study in birds.” It is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Knudsen earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, in 1976.

He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology before joining the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford as an assistant professor in 1979. Knudsen became a full professor in 1988 and chaired the department from 2001 to 2006.

Among his honors are the Peter Gruber Prize in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience (2005), and the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society (2008).

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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