Roger Sperry

A psychobiologist (neuropsychologist and neurobiologist)

(1913-1994)

Roger was born in 1913 and passed away in 1994. During those times the World War 1 and 2 took place. As well as The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl. Roger Sperry studied how the brain, nervous system, hormones and genetics influences our behaviors. He discovered that the human brain is actually made up of two parts. He found out that both the left and right parts of the human brain have specialized functions and that the two sides can operate independently.

Scientists in the 1930's  held the belief that the connections of the nervous system had to be very exact to work properly. But Sperry extended that information and did more experiments. He discovered the cells in the nervous system and how they work and proved that genetic mechanisms determine some basic behavioral patterns. In 1981, Roger Sperry was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the fields of medicine and psychology.

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