neuroscience of imagination



I have been interested in the physical properties of mental imagery since I was nine years old, and was involved in related research since my undergraduate studies. My current research focuses on the neurological basis of imagery. My work spans the intersection of neuroscience, linguistics, primotology, and paleoanthropology. In the past, I have conducted research in neurophysiology of memory, cardiopulmonary acoustics, and optical vibrometry. I have co-founded several successful companies, received numerous awards from NSF, NIH, and DOD, and directed the development of several FDA approved medical devices.

In 2008, after fifteen years of research, I allowed myself to speculate on the subject of neurobiology of imagination and evolution of language, and published the first edition of “On the Origin of the Human Mind.” The second edition of the book was published in 2014.

I earned my undergraduate degree in astrophysics from St.Petersburg Technical University, under prof. Zhores Alferov, the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in physics. I received Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and my Ph.D. in neuroscience from Boston University. I have been since teaching at Boston University for nearly two decades and have authored over 100 scientific publications, book chapters, and conference presentations. I have also periodically taught Tufts Medical School students. I live in Boston with my wife and two children.


just after taking in Ben Goertzel (and his thinking/hoping a machine can do imagination.. and me thinking more .. machine for govt/B stuff.. people for imagination).. my first watch of this.. w/o slowly taking it in et al.. does seem pattern/algo ish.. i don’t know

music instinct

forbidden cure

page on neuro sci..?