Eric Knudsen is the Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. His research focuses on mechanisms of learning and attention and strategies of information processing in the central auditory system. He investigates how the capacity for learning changes with development and the effects of early experience on structure and function in the brain. Dr. Knudsen received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 1976, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in 1979, and joined the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University in 1988. Dr. Knudsen has received awards that include the Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, McKnight Neuroscience Development and Senior Investigator Awards, the Troland Research Award, and the Peter Gruber Prize in Neuroscience. Dr. Knudsen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.