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Upcoming Appearances

In 2010, David is scheduled to speak at TEDxHouston, the UP Experience, the Oxford Festival of Literature, Hay-on-Wye Festival, The School of Life, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Swedenborg Society, SXSW, and Charleston Festival. Please see the Lecture Schedule page for details.



  • Sum was named the “Best Book of 2009” by Chicago Tribune‘s Pulitzer prize winning literary critic Julia Keller.
  • Sum was selected as one of the Best Books of 2009 by Barnes and Noble.
  • In September, 2009, Sum became the #2 book in the United Kingdom on Amazon’s bestseller list.
  • In June, 2009, David Eagleman and Brian Eno performed a musical reading of Sum to 1,000 people at the Sydney Opera House.
  • In November, 2009, David Eagleman joined with writer Philip Pullman, actress Miranda Richardson, and rocker Jarvis Cocker to read Sum to a sold-out crowd at Queen Elizabeth Hall. The performance also included pre-recorded readings of Sum stories from Stephen Fry, Nick Cave, and Clarke Peters.


  • David’s essay on his research, “Brain Time“, covers a modern view of the neural basis of time perception. It can be found on and in What’s Next: Dispatches from the Future of Science
  • New Scientist magazine wrote a cover story on David’s research on time perception. In another issue, David wrote a book review for a new book entitled Time
  • David will be the keynote speaker for the UK Synaethesia association meeting in Brighton in March, 2010
  • Several scientific papers came out of the Eagleman laboratory in 2009. A few highlights were:
    • Cui X, Stetson C, Montague PR, Eagleman DM (2009). Ready Go: Amplitude of the fMRI Signal Encodes Expectation of Cue Arrival Time. PLoS Biology. 7(8): e1000167. [Full text]
    • Eagleman DM (2009). The objectification of overlearned sequences: A large-scale analysis of spatial sequence synesthesia. Cortex. 45(10): 1266-1277. [Full text]
    • Eagleman DM & Pariyadath V (2009). Is subjective duration a signature of coding efficiency? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 364(1525):1841-51. [Full text]
    • Eagleman DM & Goodale MA (2009). Why color synesthesia involves more than color. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 13(7): 288-292. [Full text]
    • Eagleman DM, Correro MA, Singh J (2009). Why neuroscience matters for a rational drug policy. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology. [Full text]
    • Eagleman DM (2009). Temporality, empirical approaches. In The Oxford Companion to Consciousness. Oxford, UK.
    • Eagleman DM (2009). Duration and predictability. In Attention and Time. Eds: Coull and Nobre.
    • Eagleman DM (2009). How does the timing of neural signals map onto the timing of perception? In Problems of Space and Time in Perception and Action, R. Nijhawan, Ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
    • Eagleman DM (2009). Using time perception to measure fitness for duty. American Psychological Society Military Psychology. 21(S1): S123 – S129. [Full text]
"What Eagleman seems to be calling for is a new Enlightenment."
- Sunday Herald
"Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness."
- The New Yorker
"David Eagleman is the kind of guy who really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun."
- New York Times
"David Eagleman may be the best combination of scientist and fiction-writer alive."
- Stewart Brand
"A popularizer of impressive gusto...[Eagleman] aims, grandly, to do for the study of the mind what Copernicus did for the study of the stars."
- New York Observer
"[A] neuroscientist and polymath."
- Wall Street Journal
"David Eagleman offers startling lessons.... His method in both Sum and his new book, Incognito, is to ask us to cast off our lazy, commonplace assumptions."
- The Guardian