Richard Passingham was amongst the first to use brain imaging to study human cognition, starting in 1988 at the MRC Cyclotron Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital where he was an Honorary Senior Lecturer. In 1996 he moved to the newly founded Wellcome Centre for NeuroImaging at the University of London where he was an Honorary Principal. He was made Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford in 1997 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008. His books include What is Special about the Human Brain? (OUP, 2008), The Neurobiology of the Prefrontal Cortex (OUP, 2014), with Steven P. Wise, and A Short Guide to Brain Imaging (OUP, 2015), with James B. Rowe. He has recently written Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction for OUPs Very Short Introductions series.