Founding Director of Science Gallery London at King’s College London. Author of A Neuroscientist Explains column and podcast for the Guardian, he has presented and contributed to numerous television and radio programmes, and was the first scientist to serve as a judge for the Man Booker Prize, as well as the first Scientist in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He was previously head of Engaging Science at Wellcome Trust. His scientific background involves the use of fMRI to examine how experience, prejudice and expectation alter the way we see the world. He comes from an unusual academic background having studied maths and then English literature at Cambridge, doing a masters in cognitive science at Sussex, and graduate work in neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and postdoctoral work at UCL.