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 Matthew MacKisack

Matthew MacKisack

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 College House 2.14

 

College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Matthew MacKisack is an historian of science and philosophy, focusing on how imagining and the imagination have been understood, experienced and instrumentalised. He primarily explores this in the context of early-modern Europe, but is also interested in the continuities and breaks with modernity. His research is interdisciplinary, employing critical and literary theory alongside the findings of cognitive science and neuroscience.

Prior to joining the Medical School, Matthew completed a PhD at  Goldsmiths College, University of London, and gained his BA in English from the University of Oxford.

His postdoctoral research at the Medical School contributes to the Eye’s Mind project. Currently he is co-editing a special cross-disciplinary issue of the neuroscience journal Cortex, and organising the first public conference for, and exhibition of art by, those with aphantasia and hyperphantasia.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) University of Oxford

PGCE Institute of Education, London

PhD Goldsmiths College, London

 

Research

Research interests

  • History of Science
  • History of Philosophy
  • Imagery and Imagination
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Critical Theory
  • Literary Theory
  • Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

Research projects

  • The Eye’s Mind: a study of the neural basis of visual imagination and its role in culture (PI: Prof Adam Zeman)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Winlove C, Milton F, Ranson J, Fulford J, MacKisack M, Macpherson F, Zeman AZJ (In Press). The neural correlates of visual imagery: a co-ordinate-based meta-analysis. Cortex Full text.
MacKisack M (2018). Painter and scribe: from model of mind to cognitive strategy. Cortex, 105, 118-124. Abstract.  Author URL.
MacKisack M (2016). Differential Imagery Experience and Ut Pictura Poesis in the 18th-century. INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 41(4), 319-331. Author URL.
MacKisack M, Aldworth S, Macpherson F, Onians J, Winlove C, Zeman A (2016). On Picturing a Candle: the Prehistory of Imagery Science. Front Psychol, 7 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Winlove C, Milton F, Ranson J, Fulford J, MacKisack M, Macpherson F, Zeman AZJ (In Press). The neural correlates of visual imagery: a co-ordinate-based meta-analysis. Cortex Full text.

2018

MacKisack M (2018). Painter and scribe: from model of mind to cognitive strategy. Cortex, 105, 118-124. Abstract.  Author URL.

2016

MacKisack M (2016). Differential Imagery Experience and Ut Pictura Poesis in the 18th-century. INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 41(4), 319-331. Author URL.
MacKisack M, Aldworth S, Macpherson F, Onians J, Winlove C, Zeman A (2016). On Picturing a Candle: the Prehistory of Imagery Science. Front Psychol, 7 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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