Professor, Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology. Director of the Dynamic Memory Lab at University of California at Davis. Author of New York Times Bestseller, “Why We Remember."

Charan Ranganath
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Charan Ranganath At A Glance:

Charan Ranganath is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Why We Remember.” He is a Professor at the Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology and director of the Dynamic Memory Lab at the University of California at Davis. For over 25 years, Dr. Ranganath has studied the mechanisms in the brain that allow us to remember past events, using brain imaging techniques, computational modeling and studies of patients with memory disorders. He has been recognized with several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship.

Charan Ranganath is the director of the Memory and Plasticity Program and a Professor at the Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology at the University of California at Davis. He also has been a Visiting Professor and Fellow at the University ofCambridge, UK, and a Sage Center Distinguished Fellow at the University of Californiaat Santa Barbara, and is a fellow at the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memoryat UC Irvine.

Dr. Ranganath has received several awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, the Psychonomic Society’s Mid-Career Award, a Leverhulme trust Visiting Professorship, and the Young InvestigatorAward from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He has been a Section Editor for the journal NeuroImage and an editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other public and private funding agencies from around the world.

His Dynamic Memory Lab uses magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, electrocorticography, and computational modeling to study the neural mechanisms of memory in healthy individuals. In addition to studying basic mechanisms of memory, Dr. Ranganath has studied memory changes with healthy aging, and memory disorders caused by Alzhemer’s Disease, cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. The lab also investigates how motivational and emotional factors influence memory.

In addition to writing the New York Times Bestseller, Why We Remember, Dr. Ranganath has written original work for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, Oprah Daily,, and the Harvard Business Review.

He has numerous TV, radio, and podcast appearances, including PBS News Hour, NPR Fresh Air with Terri Gross, MSNBC, Sky TV News, BBC Start the Week, and Talks at Google. He has over 180 peer-reviewed scientific publications in journals such as

Science, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Outside of neuroscience, Dr. Ranganath is also a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist with several recording credits, including an original song on a feature film soundtrack. He lives in Davis, California.

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