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From PBS:

Dr. Joseph E. Bogen

Neuroscientist/Surgeon

Joseph Bogen, M.D., was a clinical professor of neurological surgery at USC, a visiting professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and an adjunct professor of psychology at UCLA. In 1962, Bogen was part of the first team of neurosurgeons ever to perform a human "commissurotomy" -- severing the connection between the brain's left and right hemispheres. The procedure was effective in treating the patient's severe epilepsy, as hoped, but had some other fascinating unintended consequences. The hemispheres were able to think and behave independently in ways that surprised everybody.

It proved that each hemisphere has a different set of talents: for example, in the average brain, language and logical thought dwell in the left half while spatial and whole-situation awareness are the specialty of the right. Even more astonishing, the different halves often held different personalities, desires and ambitions. The implications for neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind were great, and Bogen continued to study the lessons from these "split brain" patients for a long time. His research focus wass the investigation of consciousness from a neuroscientific point of view.

Timeline


The following timeline highlights years from Bogen's life.  Each year contains a link to the different places to facilitate further study or answer questions aobut that area.

1943

Undergraduate at California Institute of Technology

1944

US Navy Radar School

Navy Service in South America

1949

Whittier College, A.B. in Economics

1950

University of Cinncinatti, Zoology degree

1951

Mathematics degree, University of California, Los Angeles

1956

MD at the University of Southern California

Intern at New York Hospital

1957

Assistant in Surgery at New York Hospital

1958

National Research Council Fellow in Medical Science

1959

Resident in Neurosurgery, White Memorial Hospital

Res. Associate in Neurophysiology. Loma Linda University

1963

Asst. in Neurology, Loma Linda University

1964

California College of Medicine

1966

American Board of Neurological Surgery Diplomat

1973

Associate Cinical Professor, USC

1977

Clinical Professor, USC

1984

Adjunct Professor, UCLA

1995

Visiting Professor, California Institute of Technology

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