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I received my Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. I have taught at the American University in Bulgaria, my native country, ever since. In my research, I apply recent findings in neuroscience to the study of civic education, political culture, democracy, modernization, epistemology, etc.


In 2007, I published the first peer-reviewed article linking changes and differences in political culture to neuroplasticity. I am currently investigating the neurophysiological side effects of rapid social and technological change and related cultural and political trends.


May 26, 2017

A sobering look at the ongoing crisis in civic learning and the fatal attraction of information technology. The title refers to creatures who have lost some old and developed new aptitudes as they have adapted to an extreme mental environment...

Praise for Mental Penguins

I literally could not put this book down. Prof. Sardamov makes a passionate, meticulously-researched and utterly compelling case for reinstating reading (yes: old-fashioned text-based reading) at the heart of formal education. No UK or US academic at the moment would dare to write this book - but, boy, do we need it! Buy it, read it and send a copy to your favourite politician. 

—Sue Palmer, literacy specialist, author of Toxic Childhood and Upstart

An impassioned plea for the need to avoid gimmickry in education and to recapture the patient reading and learning that gives depth and breadth to developing minds. Those who have their own reasons not to hear its important message will easily dismiss this very personal book, but they would be unwise to do so.

—Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary

Prof. Sardamov has accomplished a fabulous integration of the personal narrative and academic form, with a readable, understandable call to alarm for anybody willing to listen. His own experience is compelling, and his review of many aspects of neuroscience, psychology and even philosophy lend tremendous theoretical support to his argument.

—Dr. Stephanie Brown, clinical psychologist, author of SPEED

Prof. Sardamov sounds the alarm about the unrelenting, pervasive stimulation facilitated by our enchantment with information technology. He makes a compelling case for reclaiming the less thrilling yet essential gratifications of reading, one child at a time. 

—Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and Founder of The Heroic Imagination Project

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