Dr. Ralph Adolphs is the Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in Neurobiology from Caltech and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa. Ralph is here with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.
Ralph was born in Germany in 1963, moved to Canada in 1972, and is a Canadian citizen. He obtained his Ph.D. from Caltech, Pasadena in 1992 with Mark Konishi (working on the auditory system of owls), and subsequently worked with Antonio Damasio at the University of Iowa to study neurological patients with focal brain lesions. He came back as faculty to Caltech in 2004 and is now the Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. From 2008-2013 Ralph was director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, and he currently directs a Conte Center on Social Decision-Making funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Ralph Adolphs lives in Pasadena with his wife and two cats and enjoys hiking in the mountains and eating spicy food.