Perception on TNT

PerceptionI'm the scientific advisor for the TNT television drama, Perception, starring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook.

In Perception, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people's conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.

Pierce's mind may be brilliant, but it's also damaged. He struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions brought on by his schizophrenia. Oddly, Daniel considers some of his hallucinations to be a gift. They occasionally allow him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t yet process. At other times, the hallucinations become Daniel's greatest curse, leading him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways.

My job is to suggest ideas and brainstorm scenarios with the talented stable of writers, and then to read the scripts in detail for accuracy and feedback.  Because of the quality of the writing and the acting, this is such a blast. 

For each episode in Season 1, I also spent a minute or two speaking to the underlying neuroscientific issues: 

For more installments of Inside the Mind of Perception, see the Perception website on TNT.

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