Sandra Aamodt is a former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, the leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. She received her undergraduate degree in biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. After four years of postdoctoral research at Yale University, she joined Nature Neuroscience at its founding in 1998 and was editor in chief from 2003 to 2008, when she left to spend a year sailing across the Pacific Ocean. She lives in Northern California with her husband, one cat, and three chickens.
During her editorial career, she read over three thousand neuroscience papers and wrote dozens of editorials on neuroscience and science policy. She also gave lectures at twenty universities, and attended forty-five scientific meetings in ten countries. Her science writing has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo and the Times of London. Her first book, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (coauthored with Sam Wang), won the 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College, by the same authors, will be published in September 2011.
R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Adjunct Professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author of the new book The Other Brain, which gives readers an eyewitness view of the discovery of brain cells, called glia, that communicate without using electricity. He is an internationally recognized authority on neuron-glia interactions, brain development, and the cellular mechanisms of memory. In 2004 Dr. Fields founded the scientific journal Neuron Glia Biology, where he is the Editor-in-Chief, and he serves on the editorial board of several other neuroscience journals. The author of over 150 articles in scientific journals, Dr. Fields also enjoys writing about science for the general public. He is a scientific advisor to Scientific American Mind and Odyssey magazines. He has written articles for Outside Magazine, the Washington Post and other, and he writes on-line columns for the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and Scientific American. Dr. Fields received advanced degrees at UC Berkeley (B.A.), San Jose State University (M.A.), and in 1985 he received the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego, jointly from the Neuroscience Department, in the Medical School and the Neuroscience Group, at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health before starting his research laboratory at the NIH in 1994. In addition to science he enjoys building guitars, rock-climbing, and scuba diving.
Jim Lampinen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arkansas. He received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwester University. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the State University of New York in Binghamton. Dr. Lampinen's research focuses the subjective experience of false memories, mechanisms people use to avoid false memories, and applications of memory research to legal issues such as the accuracy of eyewitness identification and efforts to recover missing or wanted individuals. Dr. Lampinen has published 45 book chapters and journal articles, has edited two books, and has recently published an authored book titled The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification. He is currently working on a book on missing persons cases (Missing in America) and an introductory book on human memory (Memory 101). Dr. Lampinen is a recipient of the University of Arkansas' Outstanding Mentor Award and Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences' Master Researcher Award. He lives in Fayetteville Arkansas with his wife Stephanie.
Carl Schoonover is a neuroscience PhD candidate and National Science Foundation graduate fellow at Columbia University, and the author of Portraits of the Mind. He has written for The Huffington Post, Scientific American, Design Observer, Science Magazine, Le Figaro, Commentaire, Boing Boing and LiveScience, and cofounded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. He hosts a radio show on WKCR 89.9FM, which focuses on opera, classical music, and their relationship to the brain.
Dr. Andrew James is an assistant professor in the Brain Imaging Research Center of the Psychiatric Research Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After receiving bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Applied Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999, he pursued graduate studies in neuroscience at the University of Florida. There he was introduced to functional magnetic resonance imaging, which combined his passions for analytic instrumentation and cognition. After receiving his Neuroscience Ph.D. in 2005, he spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology before accepting a professorship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. James's research focuses upon developing novel experimental designs and statistical analyses to push the methodological boundaries of functional neuroimaging. His past research has encompassed a broad range of topics including age-related changes in neural networks mediating motor learning, the neural encoding of aftertaste perception, the reorganization of motor networks following stroke, and modeling inter- and intra-subject variability in emotion-regulating networks with major depressive disorder. His recent work focuses on how the brain encodes individual differences in reasoning and personality, where he seeks to bridge the gap between well-validated neuropsychological measures of cognition and the brain's functional networks.
Jack Lyons is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He got his bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and his PhD in philosophy with a minor in cognitive science from the University of Arizona. He taught at Florida State University for two years before coming to Arkansas. He works mainly in epistemology, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. Recent projects concern various issues in the foundations of cognitive science, including modularity, the nature of representation, multiple realizability, and the recent neoreductionist movement in the philosophy of mind. Most of his current work has involved the epistemology of perception. He has published several journal articles on epistemology and philosophy of psychology/cognitive science and has a recent book on Oxford University Press, entitled Perception and Basic Beliefs. He is an associate editor for the journal Episteme: A Journal of Individual and Social Epistemology.