georg_worldmapGeorg Northoff com­pleted his ini­tial train­ing in medicine/psychiatry and phi­los­o­phy in Ger­many. Dr. Northoff’s pre­vi­ous aca­d­e­mic posi­tions included Pro­fes­sor­ships at the Uni­ver­sity of Magde­burg, Ger­many, and Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, U.S.A. With over 100 sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tions, his cur­rent focus is pre­dom­i­nantly on the self – hav­ing devel­oped the con­cept of cor­ti­cal mid­line struc­tures. Exper­i­men­tal research within his unit focuses on the func­tional and bio­chem­i­cal mech­a­nisms under­ly­ing our sense of self in both healthy sub­jects and psy­chi­atric patients.

In addi­tion to neu­roimag­ing, he also focuses on neu­roeth­i­cal issues. Early on, he inves­ti­gated issues related to per­sonal iden­tity in patients with deep brain stim­u­la­tion and brain tis­sue trans­plan­ta­tion. Another neu­roeth­i­cal focus is on the impact of emo­tions and empa­thy in the deci­sion mak­ing involved in informed con­sent, which is of par­tic­u­lar rel­e­vance regard­ing psy­chi­atric patients.

These issues con­verge nicely with his deep stand­ing inter­est in the dis­ci­pline of neu­rophi­los­o­phy. He is con­sid­ered one of the main founders from the European-continental side, as is illus­trated by sev­eral papers and books includ­ing Phi­los­o­phy of the Brain (John Ben­jamins, 2004).

Dr. Northoff is also the author of Neu­ropsy­cho­analy­sis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects (Oxford, 2011); Unlock­ing the Brain: Volume 1 – Coding  (Oxford, 2012); and Unlocking the Brain: Volume 2 – Consciousness (Oxford, 2013).