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.

Crawford Winlove

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.


Fiona Macpherson

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 next book European Art. A Neuroarthistory, will appear in 2016.

Matthew MacKisack

Associate Research Fellow

Matthew MacKisack is an 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. He is centrally concerned with the ‘imagining subject’: the ways in which the imagination is, and has been, modelled, theorised, and instrumentalised, through both aesthetic and scientific discourses. His research proceeds via artistic and curatorial as well as by academic means, working with the moving image, radio, and various modes of writing. Outputs have been screened, broadcast and published internationally, including solo exhibitions in the UK (2010 and 2014) and Slovakia (2013), and book chapters on the neuroscience of the vegetative state (2012). Recent interest has been with the more general question of how ‘art’ and ‘science’ might possibly – and critically – interact.

Phone: [+44] [0]7789 496 839

Susan Aldworth

Visual artist

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.