Narayan Sankaran

Postdoctoral Fellow
Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public

As a cognitive neuroscientist, Narayan Sankaran's research examines the brain mechanisms underlying human communication, with a focus on understanding the neural computations that enable us to perceive complex sounds like music and speech. To achieve this, Sankaran measures human brain activity using a variety of invasive and noninvasive electrophysiological recording techniques.
As a Kavli Center fellow, Sankaran seeks to develop frameworks that would ensure the advancement of ethical neuroscientific aims. Sankaran is specifically interested in ethical concerns emerging from the use of novel neurotechnologies (e.g., Brain-Computer Interfaces) for human communication, and identifying effective tools for neuroscience researchers to achieve ethical integration. 
Prior to joining the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public, Sankaran was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.  Sankaran studied Physics and Music as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley before completing a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Sydney.