Robert Knight is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley. His lab studies neurological patients with frontal lobe damage and also records electrical signals directly from the brain in neurosurgical patients to understand the role of prefrontal cortex in goal-directed behavior.
He received a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. He did Neurology training at UC San Diego and postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. From 2001 to 2011 he was Director of the UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.
Dr. Knight has twice received the Jacob Javits Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for Distinguished Contributions to Neurological research, the IBM Cognitive Computing Award, the German Humboldt Prize in Neurobiology, the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, and the Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists for Distinguished Career Contributions. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.