Martha Farah obtained undergraduate degrees in Metallurgy and Philosophy from MIT, and a doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University. She has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Her work spans many topics within cognitive neuroscience, including visual recognition, attention, mental imagery, semantic memory, reading, and prefrontal function. She is the author of Visual Agnosia (MIT Press, 1990) and The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision (Blackwells, 2000), and editor of a number of books including Patient-based Approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience (MIT Press, 2000). Her awards include the APA Early Career Contribution Award, the Troland Award of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in Philadelphia with her 4-year-old daughter and her 24-year-old parrot.