Professor Adam Zeman
Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology at University of Exeter Medical School
Professor Zeman trained in Medicine at Oxford University Medical School, after a first degree in Philosophy and Psychology, then worked as a consultant neurologist in Edinburgh, from 1996, and, from 2005, in Exeter.
His specialised clinical work is in cognitive and behavioural neurology, including neurological disorders of sleep. His research interests include amnesia associated with epilepsy and disorders of visual imagery. He has an active background interest in the science and philosophy of consciousness, publishing a wide-ranging review of the field in Brain (2001) and an accessible introduction to the subject, intended for a general readership (Consciousness: a user’s guide, Yale University Press, 2002). He has recently written an introduction to the brain for the general reader, ‘A Portrait of the Brain’ (Yale, 2008), and edited ‘Epilepsy and Memory’ (OUP, 2012) with Marilyn Jones-Gotman and Narinder Kapur. He was Chairman of the British Neuropsychiatry Association from 2007-2011.
Lecturer in Neuroscience at University of Exeter Medical School
Crawford is a Neuroscientist interested in human behaviour, especially the altered patterns of behaviour associated with drug and alcohol addiction.
His research focuses on the mathematical modelling of neuroimaging data, and the use of neuropsychological tests to identify sub-groups of substance-misusers. His earlier work involved directly measuring the electrical activity of individual nerve cells. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2005 with a degree in Physiology, and subsequently worked in charity fundraising. Crawford returned to Bristol to work on the neural basis of behaviour in a simple vertebrate model in the laboratory of Prof. Alan Roberts, FRS. After completing his Ph.D in 2010 Crawford was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and secured a Teaching Fellowship at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. He was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Exeter in 2012.
Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow
Professor Macpherson is Head of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow where she is also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience
She is Co-Director of CenSes: Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust. Professor Macpherson gained an MA (1st class hons) from the University of Glasgow, an MLitt from the University of St Andrews, and a PhD from the University of Stirling. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard, a teaching fellow at the University of St Andrews, and Rosamund Chambers Research Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge. While a faculty member at Glasgow, she has spent time as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Consciousness, RSSS, Australian National University, and as a Visiting Professor at Umea University, Sweden, and at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has written numerous papers and edited many volumes about the nature of consciousness, perception and perceptual experience, introspection, imagination and the metaphysics of mind.
Professor John Onians
Professor Emeritus in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Professor Onians edited the first Atlas of World Art (2004) and has written several books including Bearers of Meaning, The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (1988) and Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome (1999). For the last twenty years he has been using neuroscience to advance the study of the history of art, an approach he has disseminated through the book Neuroarthistory. From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki (2007), the ‘Summer Instititute in Neuroscience and the Humanities’ funded by the Mellon Foundation and held at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences (2011), and a Summer School in Neuroarthistory at the University of East Anglia (2013). His book European Art. A Neuroarthistory, was published in 2016.
Associate Research Fellow
Matthew MacKisack is a cultural historian, Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School, and postdoctoral researcher on the Eye’s Mind project. He gained his BA in English Literature and Language from the University of Oxford and PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work explores relationships between scientific knowledge and the arts, focusing on early-modern Europe. His research has appeared in a number of journals, including Frontiers in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. He recently co-edited a special interdisciplinary issue of the cognitive science journal Cortex, and is currently co-curating an exhibition on the psychology of creativity.
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Susan Aldworth is a visual artist who lives and works in London. Aldworth studied philosophy at Nottingham University and printmaking at Sir John Cass, London. She is an experimental printmaker and filmmaker referencing medicine, neuroscience and philosophy in her work exploring human identity. Through her investigations into consciousness, dementia, schizophrenia, epilepsy and Down’s syndrome, Aldworth has developed a particular interest in expanding notions of contemporary portraiture. Her work is held in many public and permanent collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Wellcome Collection Library. Her critically acclaimed solo exhibition Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised was shown at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013. Other recent solo exhibitions include Matter into Imagination (2006), Scribing the Soul (2008), Reassembling the Self at Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2012, at GV Art in London in 2014 and at Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester in 2015. She is currently working on a project exploring Sleep at both Guy’s Hospital and York University called The Dark Self.