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Becky Lyddon Art & Neuroscience Contributor

Becky Lyddon

Becky Lyddon was born and raised in Devon and moved to London in 2004 to study. In 2009 she graduated from a BA(hons) in Graphic and Media Design from London College of Communication. A year in industry led to the realisation that she didn’t want to work in a design office immediately after graduating. She started working with children and young people with learning difficulties and complex health needs in West London and which has inspired her practice over the last 4 years.

In 2013 she graduated from a Masters programme at Central Saint Martins in the first year of their Art & Science course. Over this Masters she began her current project ‘Sensory Sense’. Her work aims to create awareness and educate society about Autism through experiential installations.

Her work was be exhibited in Frame Gallery, Southwark London in July 2013 and she has an upcoming solo exhibition in the same gallery, of her project Sensory Sense in April 2014.



Emily Cross

Emily Cross

Dr. Emily Cross is a Senior Lecturer of cognitive neuroscience and a dancer who shares a dual appointment at the School of Psychology at Bangor University in North Wales and the Department of Social and Cultural Psychology and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She studied psychology and dance as an undergraduate at Pomona College, and went on to complete a MSc in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand as a Fulbright fellow. She returned to the USA to complete a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College, and then moved on to postdoctoral positions at the University of Nottingham in the UK and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.


Matthew Gartry

Matthew Gartry

A guitarist by trade, you’ll often find jazz enthusiast Matt Gartry skulking around London’s bountiful abundance of open jams and sordid jazz bars. Always eager to have a play with anything he can get his hands on, Matt is also no stranger to the trombone, ukulele, melodica, drums and even the Chinese harp.

His latest band, Giamatone, is perhaps best described as instrumental art-rock. Simple, thoughtful and really loud! Matt has recently cherished the opportunity to perform in sound projects at Central Saint Martins.

Fond of his double-life, Matt is also a neuroscience graduate and has found himself working in labs across the world, from London to Taipei. His research focuses on finding brain-based explanations for mental health problems, such as depression and schizophrenia. He is keen on engaging others with these issues and is lucky enough to have taken part in such high-profile events as a Science Museum Late.

These days though, Matt has syphoned his academic energies away from research. Trading the lab coat for the stethoscope, he is currently a medical student at King’s College London.  Though hospital life has left him desperately short on free time, Matt continues to pursue all things musical and is always on the lookout for new collaborators and projects.

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Deborah Humm Art & Neuroscience Contributor

Deborah Humm

 Deborah Humm makes installations, drawings, sculptures and conceptual artworks as an enquiry into the internal mis(communication) between brain and body and the resulting external manifestations.  By articulating the physical sometimes profound and random effects of brain-body interactions, Humm tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way. She creates physical, visual and auditory works, often presenting the piece using creative game tactics. 

Deborah Humm completed Her BA(hons) in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in 2013 and was awarded the Elfriede Windsor Scholarship to continue directly onto a Fine Art Masters.




Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University. He has written and broadcast extensively on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day. He speaks on issues of visualisation and lateral thinking to a wide range of audiences. Leonardo da Vinci has been the subject of books written by him, including Leonardo (Oxford University Press 2004). He has published on imagery in the sciences of anatomy, natural history and optics, including The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat (Yale University Press).

He has curated a series of exhibitions on Leonardo and other themes, including Spectacular Bodies at the Hayward Gallery in London,Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment, Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2006 and Seduced: Sex and Art from Antiquity to Now, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2007. He was also guest curator for Circa 1492 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1992.

Rita Carter

Rita Carter

Rita Carter was born in Essex, England, and trained as a journalist in London, where she spent five years as an anchor for the London nightly news program “Thames News.” For the past ten years she has been a medical and science writer. She has contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the Independent, New Scientist, Daily Mail, and Telegraph. She was twice awarded the Medical Journalists’ Association prize for outstanding contribution to medical journalism. She is currently involved in a number of art-science projects directed at furthering public knowledge about the brain.


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