Patricia Churchland is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Her research on conscience, free will, religion and ethics, which combines neuroscience and philosophy, has had tremendous international impact. She is praised for her research on the origin of morality. As a strong supporter of a purely scientific view of humanity, Churchland adheres to the hypothesis that the mind is the brain. Among her main works are Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy (2002), Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality (2011) and Touching a Nerve: The Self As Brain (2013).