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Campus Celebrity: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran


If you are a psychology or neuroscience major, you probably have heard about, took a class by, or flat out worship this man. Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran is a legend to all psychology students. You have seen his work in textbooks from AP Psychology to your upperdivision courses, watched videos of his research in your classes, or if you are as fortunate as I have been, taken his personal class. Dr. Ramachandran is most recognized for his discovery of the phantom limb and mirror visual feedback. No wonder he is called the "Marco Polo of neuroscience" and "the modern day Paul Broca". TIME magazine even listed him as one of the Top 100 Influential People of the World. Dr. Ramachandran has made special appearances on PBS, BBC, The Science Channel, TED Talks, and many more programs. He has over 180 published papers in scientific journals and his book The Tell Tale Brain has been on the New York Times Best Seller List. UCSD is so fortunate to have Dr. Ramachandran active in our university. Not only is he a renowned scientist, but he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Talk about a man who cares about the future of psychology and neuroscience! If you haven't already, sign up for his classes! It is an honor to learn from such an amazing individual.

Jasmine is currently a senior at the University of California, San Diego. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies. Jasmine is the Co-Campus Correspondent for Her Campus UCSD, along with the amazing Taylor Zepeda. Jasmine spends most of her time volunteering at low socioeconomic status elementary schools across the San Diego county and grading papers for classes she is a Teacher's Assistant in. Novel wise, she is an avid fan of Edith Wharton and the Lord of the Rings series. She also loves comedic shows like New Girl and The Big Bang Theory, but also enjoys thrillers like Criminal Minds. One of Jasmine's favorite hobbies is trying foods of different cultures; she loves visiting cultural nights and community festivals. Above all, Jasmine worships Beyonce (a.k.a. Beysus, Queen Bee, Baeyonce, etc). Her future aspiration in life is to become the Secretary of Education and have the Hov and B over for dinners.
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