Prof Konstantin Anokhin
Konstantin Anokhin is Professor of Neuroscience at the National Research Centre ‘Kurchatov Institute’ in Russia, and Director of the Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences at the Moscow State University. Prior to these appointments, he spent most of his scientific career at the Institute of Normal Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where he is still head of the Laboratory for the Neurobiology of Memory. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience in Utrecht, a visiting professor in the Sub-Department of Animal Behavior and visiting fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and a visiting professor at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen. He has contributed to the studies of molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory, the identification of genes involved in the consolidation of the long-term memory, the characterization of memory reconsolidation mechanisms, and the development of new techniques and approaches for the whole brain cell-resolution imaging of cognitive neuronal networks in the animal brain. His recent work also includes the development of a fundamental theory of higher brain functions that extends Pavlovian traditions of physiology of higher nervous activity. He has contributed to more than 200 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Prof Hans Bertens
Hans Bertens is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and Past President (2013-16) of the International Comparative Literature Association. He has published mainly on postwar American literature, postmodernism, and literary theory. His recent books include The Idea of the Postmodern: A History (Routledge 1995), Contemporary American Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan 2001, with Theo D’haen), Literary Theory: The Basics (Routledge, 3nd revised edition 2013), and American Literature: A History (Routledge, 2013, again with Theo D’haen). He is currently working on a book on 21st-century literature.
Mr Brendon Bussy
Brendon Bussy is a special needs teacher based at the Dominican School for Deaf Children in Cape Town, South Africa. He has a background in visual arts, experimental sound, and musical instrument design. For the past three years he has been running weekly after-school sessions for children and young adults at the school, exploring the tactile nature of sound and rhythm. He uses body percussion, body movement, general noise-making, and graphic scores to create energetic physical theatre performances. In 2014 he won the Western Cape Special Needs Teacher of the Year award. https://brendonbussy.wordpress.com/
Prof Ron de Kloet
Edo Ronald (Ron) de Kloet is Emeritus Professor at Leiden University Medical Center, specializing in the neuro-endocrinology of stress with a focus on the question how the stress hormone cortisol may change from a protective into a damaging signal. He and his colleagues discovered that the cortisol-induced change of resilience into vulnerability is dependent on the balance between the activation and suppression of reaction to stress. The findings have been commercially developed by DynaCorts Therapeutics BV. He has won the Golden Emile Kraepelin Medal of the Max Planck Institute in Munich (2014), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (2008), the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Award (2007), and the Geoffrey Harris Award of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies (2005). He received his PhD at the University of Utrecht while working at Organon BV. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Prof Bruce McEwen at Rockefeller University in 1973-1975, he undertook research in the science of neuropeptides and steroid hormones at the Rudolf Magnus Institute of the University of Utrecht. From 1990 until 2009 he was professor of Medical Pharmacology at Leiden University. From 2004 he is Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is currently associated with the Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism of the Leiden University Medical Center. In 2010 he received the Order of the Dutch Lion.
Prof Monica DiLuca
Monica DiLuca is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Milano. She graduated in Pharmacology at the University of Milano in 1992, and completed a PhD programme at the University of Utrecht in 1993. She is currently Vice-Rector of the University of Milano, and Chair of the University Centre for Neuroscience. Her primary research interest is related to brain and synaptic plasticity both in physiological and pathological conditions, with the primary aim of applying her basic findings to the cure of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. She has written more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the councils and executive committees of several national and international scientific organizations. From 2000 to 2006 she was Secretary General of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), and from 2005 to 2010 she chaired the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Western Europe Chapter. At present she is Vice-President of the European Brain Council, and President of FENS.
Dr Minet de Wied
Dr Minet de Wied is an assistant professor in the Department of Youth and Family at Utrecht University. She studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam, where she obtained her MA and PhD. She held provisional positions at the Department of Communication Science (UvA) and Experimental Psychology (UU), was a visiting researcher at the University of Alabama (USA), and a post-doctoral fellow of the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies (UU). Her research has focused on time structures in suspense films, and the experience of pain. Her current research interests include the development of empathy in healthy children, and empathy problems in children and adolescents with disruptive behaviour disorders. She is involved in collaborative research with Leiden University (biomarkers of aggression and treatment success), the Accare mental health service (client empathy and treatment success in forensic care) and Tilburg University (facial EMG). She is lecturer in various BA and MA courses, and thesis co-ordinator for the Master’s programme Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (CCFES) Master’s Programme at UU.
Prof Willem Hendrik Gispen
Willem Hendrik Gispen (1943) is Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and former Vice- Chancellor of Utrecht University. His research centres on animal behaviour; neuropeptides; neural and synaptic plasticity; and neural damage and repair in diabetes and aging. Her has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has received five honorary doctorates (from universities in the USA, Russia, Italy and Moldova), and two Royal Distinctions (from The Netherlands and Spain). He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, and Academia Europaea. He is also a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Pharmacology, and President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. He is an honorary member of the Descartes Centre of the History of Science and Philosophy at Utrecht University, working on the allegoric image of Kingfishers in European and African cultures.
Dr Christine Gispen-de Wied
Christine Gispen-de Wied received her MD degree at the University of Groningen in 1954. She then worked as Resident in the Psychiatric Hospital Wolfheze. Thereafter, she joined the field of clinical research in the Department of Psychiatry of University Medical Centre Utrecht, where she received her PhD. She was subsequently registered as Pharmacologist. In 2002 she started working for the Medicines Evaluation Board, the Dutch Drug Authority, and is an active member of the European Medicines Agency network based in London. Her work concerns the field of Drug Regulatory Science to the benefit of innovative drug development at large, and CNS in particular. She is member and fellow of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and recently became Vice-Chair of the Regulatory Science Network Netherlands. She participated in the EU/US Task Force Alzheimer and is currently involved in Global Action against Dementia, supported by the OECD. She advises the Innovative Medicines Initiative project PRISM, providing diagnostic measures for capturing social and cognitive deficits in Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Prof Balázs Gulyás
Balázs Gulyás is Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Scientific Director of its Neuroscience and Mental Health Theme. Previously, Prof Gulyás spent most of his career at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where he remains a professor at the Section for Psychiatry in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience. He has contributed to the field of functional brain mapping with positron emission tomography (PET), with special regard to the localisation of cortical areas in the human brain related to visual perceptual functions; visual memory and imagery; and olfactory and pheromone-sense functions. In recent years, his research has focused on molecular neuroimaging with PET, with special regard to neurological and psychiatric diseases and their ‘humanised’ small animal disease models. He has published numerous books, written more than 35 book chapters, and contributed to more than 200 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Belgian Academy of Medical Sciences.
Prof Catherine Odora Hoppers
Prof Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on international development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She advises UNESCO on basic education, lifelong learning, information systems, and science and society; the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs on disarmament; the World Economic Forum on benefit-sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights. Since 2008, she has held a South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa. Prior to that, she was a technical adviser on Indigenous Knowledge Systems to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, and led the task team that drafted national policy on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Previously, she was a Distinguished Professional at the Human Sciences Research Council; an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria; and a visiting Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden) where she led Systems Research Collaboration between Sweden and South Africa. She also was the Scientific Coordinator and Campus Director for the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (CODESRIA) Annual Social Science Campus (2006). She has received an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden), and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She is a former member of the International Faculty of the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Amman-Jordan); a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and a former member of the Academy of Science Special Panel on the Future of Humanities (South Africa). She serves on the board of the PASCAL International Observatory (initiated by the OECD). She is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and a former Chair of the African Academy of Science Advisory Council on the Social and Cultural Sciences (2014). In 2013, she was appointed by the South African Minister of Higher Education to a Task Team on the Ministerial Project on the Future of the Humanities and Social Science. She is Goodwill Ambassador for Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and Ambassador for Non-Violence of the Durban Universities International Centre for Non-Violence. In October 2013, she received a Presidential Medal of Honour from the President of Uganda for her ground-breaking academic research and leadership. In July 2015, she received the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award for her pursuit of the total liberation for the African continent through the promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems of Education. In August 2015, she was ‘Woman of the Year’ by the University of South Africa (UNISA), was named as ‘Leading Educationist’, and was honoured in the Gallery of Leadership as one of the 63 most influential people who have shaped UNISA since its inception in 1873.
Prof Kevan Martin
Kevan A C Martin is Director of the Institute of Neuroinformatics, and a Double Professor of Systems Neurophysiology at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). His research is on the structure and function of the cerebral cortex, and he works on the physical basis of perception, cognition and action. With Rodney Douglas, he proposed the ‘Canonical Circuit Hypothesis’, which provides a framework for understanding the structure and function of the local circuits in the neocortex. The canonical circuit concept is a key step in developing a theory of the physical basis of thought. He explores many aspects of performance to find an answer to a simple question: what is the relationship between thought and movement? His own performance is as a member of 4-Brain, a formation skydiving team that trains in Switzerland.
Prof Carmen Sandi
Carmen Sandi is a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where she is the Director of the Brain Mind Institute, and leads the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics. Her goal is to understand how stress and personality affect brain function, behaviour and cognition. Her lab is developing a research programme combining approaches in rodents and humans to understand the social brain and, particularly, the emergence of violence and social hierarchies. A special emphasis is placed on the role of brain bioenergetics in the regulation of behaviour by stress and anxiety. She has published more than 150 articles in major international journals, and contributed to various books. She has been the coordinator of the EU Consortium MemStick, and President of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS). She has received several prestigious awards, including the Valkhof Chair from Radboud University (2015) and the Behavioral Brain Research Prize. She has served on several international boards, and is currently a member of the Executive Council of the European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society. She holds several editorial commitments, and has organised several major conferences on ‘stress, brain and behaviour’, and ‘violence’.
Prof Suzy Styles
Suzy Styles is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is a developmental psycholinguist with an interest in language as a sensory and social phenomenon, and how language interacts with other cognitive systems. Suzy obtained a BA Honours degree in linguistics and a B Asian Studies (specialising in Japan) from the Australian National University. Her time as an undergraduate at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, raised new questions about how the mind handles language and the adaptability of the language learning brain, which took her into the field of psycholinguistics. Her doctoral research was aimed at investigating the development of infant lexico-semantic systems. In the course of this work, she developed the first method of lexical priming for infants in the Oxford University BabyLab, working with Prof Kim Plunkett. She received her DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford in 2009, and continued post-doctoral research in the Oxford Centre for Developmental Science, along with a Career Development Fellowship (St Hugh’s College). During this time, she began using EEG to investigate the temporal dynamics of infant language processing. Suzy joined NTU in 2013 as a Nanyang Assistant Professor, where she established the BLIP Lab for investigating Brain, Language and Intersensory Perception. Her current research investigates the social and sensory aspects of language development in the rich, multilingual landscape of Singapore. She also investigates interactions between language and the senses in ancient writing systems, the performing arts, interpersonal communication, literacy, and mechanisms of learning.
Prof Maureen Sie
Maureen Sie is associate professor of Meta-ethics and Moral Psychology in the Department of Philosophy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and professor of philosophical anthropology at Leiden University (on behalf of the Socrates Foundation). From 2009 to 2014, she led a small research group funded by a prestigious personal grant of the Dutch Organization of Scientific Research, exploring the implications of the developments in the behavioural, cognitive, and neuroscience for our concept of moral agency, reasons, free will, and personal responsibility. She has written numerous journal articles and chapters in collected volumes. In 2011, she edited a volume on free will entitled Hoezo Vrije Wil? Perspectieven op een Heikele Kwestie (What do you mean: Free Will? Perspectives on a Contested Issue) (Lemniscaat 2011) that inserted philosophical views into the public debate on free will in the Netherlands that was, until then, dominated by brain scientists and social psychologists.
Prof Martijn van den Heuvel
Prof Martijn van den Heuvel has a background in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence. He is fascinated by the emerging field of ‘brain connectomics’, studying the wiring diagram of the human brain. He bridges several disciplines, such as mathematics, informatics, psychology and medicine. With a group of enthusiastic PhD and MSc students, he forms the DutchConnectomeLab.org. Martijn’s mission is to unravel natural rules that drive the efficient organization of brain networks, and to understand how brain complexity is associated with cognitive functioning in health and disease. He works on the ‘rich-club organization of the human connectome’, describing a central backbone of hubs in the mammalian brain that are not only well connected to other parts of the brain but also particularly strong among themselves. He hypothesises the anatomical rich club to play an important role in global brain communication and information integration, and to be disturbed in several brain disorders. He is interested in applying connectomics across species, across disease, and across scales, linking microscale neuronal properties to aspects of large scale brain connectivity. Martijn’s work is sponsored by the Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus, the Dutch Brain Foundation, Neuroscience Cognition Utrecht, the Dutch Council of Research, the ALS Foundation, and MQ. In 2013, he received the Dutch Brain Trophy of the Dutch Brain Foundation, and in 2015 an international MQ Fellowship. He currently works as an assistant professor at the Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus of the University Medical Centre Utrecht in The Netherlands.
Mr Taga Nuwagaba
Taga Nuwagaba is an artist living in Kampala, Uganda. He obtained a BA in Fine Art at Makerere University in 1990. He then joined artists on Bayswater Road in London to paint and display his work. He returned to Uganda in 1993, and started exhibiting his oils and watercolours in East African art galleries and museums. He was strongly influenced by his deaf-mute grandmother, Burakuza Maria-Goretti Kateta, who interpreted her surroundings and experiences by means of wall paintings, executed in earth colours. She painted walls with chalk and earth, emphasizing and enhancing existing cracks and textures. Taga fell in love with this art form, dreamt of executing it in a discernible form, and began doing so at school. Today he focuses on painting nature and ethnic minority communities whose cultures are threatened. In 1997, Taga became a full-time artist. He has worked with several conservation organisations, including the Jane Goodall Institute, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Ecotrust (which manages Uganda’s National Parks), and the Uganda Tourist Board. His work is displayed in lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Semliki National Park, and by prestigious banks like Stanbic and Standard Chartered. Taga’s work has appeared on Ugandan stamps, and also hangs in State House. They are also given as gifts to visiting statesman and other visitors. In 2012, Taga published his first book, Totems of Uganda, which describes the clan system of Uganda and how it conserves the environment and species.
Ms Yewande Omotoso
Yewande Omotoso is a Barbadian-Nigerian who grew up in Cape Town and currently lives in Johannesburg. An architect, she completed a master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. Her debut novel Bomboy (Modjaji Books) was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Yewande was a 2013 Norman Mailer Fellow, a 2014 Etisalat Fellow, and a 2015 Miles Morland Scholar. He second novel, The Woman Next Door (Chatto Windus), was published in May 2016.
Dr Iris Oren
Dr Oren completed her BSc in physics at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2002. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust Studentship, and moved to the UK for her doctoral studies in neuroscience. Working in the laboratory of Ole Paulsen at the University of Oxford, Dr Oren used single cell electrophysiological recordings from rodent brain tissue to investigate how communication between neurons can generate oscillations in the brain. She was awarded a DPhil in 2007 for this work, and then moved to University College London for her post-doctoral work with Dimitri Kullmann in the Experimental Epilepsy Group. In 2012, she took up a University of Edinburgh Chancellor’s Fellowship in the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Her research team focuses on how circuits in the brain’s memory regions (particularly the hippocampus) perform computations, and how changes to different cell types can alter circuit function in diseases that affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease. They use single cell electrophysiology and live cell imaging, in-vivo electrophysiology, and immunohistochemistry to probe hippocampal circuit function and structure across different levels.
Prof Vivienne Russell
Emeritus Professor Vivienne Russell mentors post-graduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained her PhD at the University of Stellenbosch in 1978, where she subsequently supervised several MSc and PhD students. Thereafter, she transferred to the University of Cape Town where she continued her research on animal models of brain disorders, specializing in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s disease, and the effects of stress and exercise on the brain. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a passion for research and education in neuroscience. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, and several book chapters. She became a life Fellow of the University of Cape Town in 2008, and a Fellow of the Physiological Society of Southern Africa in 2015. Her impact in the field of ADHD was recently celebrated in a special Issue of the Journal of Neuroscience Methods entitled ‘Models of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease’. She has also played a pivotal role in advancing neuroscience training in Africa, organizing and participating as an instructor in several neuroscience schools for postgraduate students and junior faculty, supported by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). As a founding member of the Southern African Neuroscience Society and the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA), she has served on numerous committees, including the Nominations committee and African Regional Committee of IBRO. She currently chairs the IBRO African Centre for Advanced Training in Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town.
Prof Jack van Honk
Jack van Honk is Professor of Social Neuroscience at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research focus is on the psychoneuroendocrine mechanisms underlying human social and emotional behaviour, especially social fear and aggression. In his research in the Netherlands and South Africa, Jack van Honk specialises in causal research methodologies involving placebo-controlled administration of the hormones testosterone, cortisol and oxytocin and opioid agonists and antagonists, as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). In South Africa, he also leads research into Urbach-Wiethe disease, a rare genetic syndrome (knockout-of-function mutation of the ECM1 gene), which causes bilateral calcification of the basolateral amygdala, a regulating brain hub in social and emotional behaviour. He has published 145 peer-reviewed articles, mostly in high-impact international journals such as PNAS, Nature, Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, Psychological Science, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Archives of General Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry, which have been cited more than 9 000 times, and maintains an H-index of 57. He has the invited review editor of Psychoneuroendocrinology, academic editor of Plos One, and associate editor of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Emotion Science, and BMC Psychiatry.
Prof Frans Verstraten
Frans Verstraten is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney and Utrecht University. He studied Experimental Psychology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 1994 he was awarded a PhD from Utrecht University with the highest distinction. After post-doctoral positions at McGill University (Montreal), Harvard University and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, Japan, he received a Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences research fellowship to work again at Utrecht University. In 1999 he was appointed full professor at Utrecht University. He served as department head and scientific director of the Helmholtz Institute. While in Utrecht, he was elected Teacher of the Year three times by the psychology students. In 2002 he received a 1.65 million Euro Pionier Grant from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research. He has (co-)authored over 100 papers, edited three books, and written Psychology in a Nutshell (Psychologie in een Notendop) for the wider audience. More recently, a 4 CD audio book with some of his lectures on how the brain works was published. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Vision Sciences Society in 2009, and was the society’s president in 2013. He has served on several editorial boards, and is currently editor-in-chief of the journals Perception and i-Perception. In 2012 he moved to Sydney where he holds the prestigious McCaughey Chair of Psychology, the oldest chair in Psychology in Australia. He is also the Head of School.
Dr Larry Young
Dr Larry J Young is Director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience and the Silvio O Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory, and head of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He has written more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed publications, including premier journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Genetics, PNAS and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. He is the President of the international Society for Social Neuroscience. He has received the Golden Brain Award, the Frank Beach Award, and the Daniel H Efron Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and has been elected as Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He seeks to understand how the brain functions in order to regulate social relationships. His research has revealed that brain chemicals such as oxytocin and vasopressin regulate the neural processing of social information and promote the formation of social bonds by acting in specific neural pathways. He has developed paradigms that are being used to screen drugs that enhance social function, and is developing novel strategies for drug discovery for treating social impairments in autism and schizophrenia. His centers bring together geneticists, neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists in the Atlanta area to better understand and heal the social brain.
Dr Darya Zabelina
Dr Darya L Zabelina is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She a received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr Zabelina’s research focuses on cognitive processes that rely on internally oriented attention such as creative thinking, imagination, and mindfulness. She is particularly interested in how attention, cognitive control, motivation, personality, and biology influence our internally oriented cognition. She applies a variety of perspectives — from cognitive neuroscience to social psychology – to reach a fuller understanding of the human mind. She also has a keen interest in exploring ways of enhancing and fostering the development of creative thinking and problem-solving abilities. Her work is supported by a grant from the Imagination Institute, funded by the Templeton Foundation. She has won an award from the American Psychological Foundation APF), and the Frank X Barron Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), for superior contributions to the psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts. She has also held an Ungerleider/Zimbardo Scholarship. She has written many journal articles and book chapters, and has presented her work both nationally and internationally. Her work has also featured in Scientific American, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, International Business Times, Science World Report, and Time Magazine.