Michael Charles Corballis Death – Michael Charles Corballis an emeritus professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland has passed away on November 13, 2021. Corballis was welcomed to the world in 1936, in the farming district of Marton. He was born to Philip Patrick Joseph Corballis and Alice Elizabeth Harris. The New Zealand psychologist and author’s field research were cognitive neuroscience, including visual perception, visual imagery, attention, memory, and the evolution of language.
Michael got married to Barbara Elizabeth Wheeler, his wife preceded him in death in 2020. Corballis and Wheeler had two sons together, Paul and Tim Corballis. Paul, also a cognitive neuroscientist, and Tim, a novelist. He attended Wanganui Collegiate School and earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of New Zealand in 1959. In 1962, Corballis earned a Master of Arts in psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After his education at the University of Auckland, he then moved to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he gained a Ph.D. in psychology in 1965, and taught in the Department of Psychology from 1968 to 1978.
He was appointed professor of psychology at the University of Auckland in 1978. In 1999, Corballlis was awarded the Shorland Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists. Corballis’s turned to evolutionary biology, contributing significantly to complex cognitive processes, in the 21st century. During his years as a professor at McGill, the main focus of his research was in cognitive neuroscience, analyzing complex cognitive systems such as perception, attention, and memory, and initiating a research program on cerebral asymmetry, according to Wikipedia. The cause of the death of Corballis has not been made known to the public.
In July 2021, Corballis was criticized for the letter “In Defence of Science” to the New Zealand Listener magazine, he was criticized by the New Zealand Association of Scientists and the Royal Society Te Apārangi criticized Corballis and six other University of Auckland professors. His antagonists said that Māori knowledge should not be considered in the same category as science because of its spiritual content. During his career Corballis published as books as he could publish, some of these books includes;
- Psychology of Left and Right with Ivan L. Beale, John Wiley & Sons (1976)
- The Ambivalent Mind: The Neuropsychology of Left and Right with Ivan L. Beale. Chicago: Nelson-Hall (1983)
- Human Laterality, Academic Press (1984)
Photo Credits – Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society via Twitter.