Martin M. Monti, Ph.D.

Professor Martin MontiMartin M. Monti, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology &
Department of Neurosurgery, Brain Injury Research Center

 

See my knightly academic lineage (Neuro-tree) or my CV.

Thoughts:

What is it that makes us uniquely human? The answer lies within the about 100 billion neurons that make up one of the most mysterious objects in the universe: the human brain.

In particular, there are two fundamental questions that underlie my work. First, what does it mean to be conscious? How do we know that an individual is conscious, and how does this affect our understanding of brain function, after severe injury? The second question has to do with human thought. Do we need language to think? Does language make humans special? Is it because we posses language that our mind is capable of sophisticated thinking? While these questions occupy much of my thoughts, I take great pleasure in some distractions, and in particular playing the piano and flying small planes.

Employment

July 2016 — Present: Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Psychology
July 2016 — Present: Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Neurosurgery (joint appointment)
Jan 2011 — July 2016: Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Psychology
Apr 2011 — July 2016: Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Neurosurgery (joint appointment)
Jan 2011 — Present: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs TBI and Stroke Scientific Merit Review Panel
Sep 2007 — Dec 2010: Post-Doctoral Researcher, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK

Education

Ph.D. Psychology & Neuroscience, Princeton University (2007)
M.A. Psychology & Neuroscience, Princeton University (2006)
Laurea Discipline Economiche e Sociali (‘Economics’), Universita’ L. Bocconi (2002)