Michael Corballis

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Michael C. Corballis (1936) is a psychologist and author. He is emeritus professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His fields of research are cognitive neuroscience, including visual perception, visual imagery, attention, memory and the evolution of language.

Private life[edit]

Michael Corballis is the son of Philip Patrick Joseph Corballis and Alice Elizabeth Harris. He was born in Marton, New Zealand in 1936. In 1962, he married Barbara Elizabeth Wheeler. They have two sons, Paul Michael Corballis, born in 1968, and Timothy Daniel Grey Corballis, born in 1971. Paul has a daughter, Simone Nicole, born in 2009, and Timothy has twin girls, Natasha and Lena, also born 2009.<Personal communication)>

Education and career[edit]

Corballis earned a Master's degree in Mathematics at the University of New Zealand in 1959[citation needed] and attained a Master of Arts in psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1962.[citation needed] He then moved to McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he gained a PhD in psychology in 1965,[citation needed] and taught in the Department of Psychology from 1968 to 1978.[citation needed] During his years as a professor at McGill, the main focus of his research was in cognitive neuroscience, analyzing complex cognitive systems such as perception, attention and memory, and initiating a research program on cerebral asymmetry.[citation needed] He was appointed professor of psychology at the University of Auckland in 1978.[citation needed] In recent years, the interests of Corballis have turned to evolutionary biology, contributing significantly to complex cognitive processes.[citation needed] Of great international importance was his hypothesis that human language evolved from gestures, expressed in the book "From hand to mouth".[citation needed] His work is widely quoted.[1]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Psychology of Left and Right with Ivan L. Beale, John Wiley & Sons Inc (1976)
  • The Ambivalent Mind: The Neuropsychology of Left and Right with Ivan L. Beale von Nelson-Hall, Inc (1983)
  • Human Laterality, Academic Press Inc (1984)
  • The Lopsided Ape: Evolution of the Generative Mind, Oxford University Press, USA (1991)
  • From Hand to Mouth: The Origins of Language, University Press Group Ltd (2003)
  • The Recursive Mind, Princeton University Press (2011)
  • A Very Short Tour of the Mind, The Overlook Press, USA (2013)

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