Dr. Indre Viskontas is a Cognitive Neuroscience Affiliate with the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where she has studied the emergence of creativity in patients with dementia. In addition, she is a member of the collegiate faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training. She earned an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In recognition of her teaching and research, she has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Laird Cermak Award from the Memory Disorders Research Society; the Charles and Sue Young Award for being one of the top graduate students at UCLA; and several fellowships.
Professor Viskontas has published more than 35 articles and chapters in top scientific journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her dissertation, recognized as the best of her class, was a finalist for the Dissertation Prize from the New York Academy of Sciences. An editor of the journal Neurocase, Professor Viskontas also hosted the television series Miracle Detectives, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She currently cohosts the popular science podcast Inquiring Minds.