A world-renowned expert on vision and the development of the brain, Sir Colin Blakemore is responsible for chairing the Steering Group and developing the overall strategy and plans for the Project. Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, he is now Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy and Director of the Center for the Study of the Senses at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London.
Rosemary has worked in higher education for many years. Before joining the School of Advanced Study, where she now supervises the management of central academic initiatives like the Being Human Festival, she ran the events programmes of the British Academy. Rosemary’s role is to ensure that The Human Mind Project fulfils its objectives and those of the School.
Dr Uri Hertz is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in the psychological and neural underpinnings of social influence and collective decision making. He is now a lecturer in the University of Haifa, in Israel. During his time with The Human Mind Project, Uri studied the effect of instructions on visual object detection with Prof. Chris Frith and Prof. Colin Blakemore. Uri continues to take an active role in the Project’s ‘Grand Challenges’ exercise and events. Uri organized a workshop on social cognition titled “A Penny for Your Thoughts”, sponsored by the Project and the British Council’s UK-Israel SYNERGY Programme. He can also be found on his Website.
Mattia has led the academic and operational management of the Project since early 2014. A trained philosopher of mind with a background in economics, he is now the Convener of the courses in the philosophy of social science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a project manager in academia, Mattia has developed a keen interest in issues of research management and governance. He can also be found at www.mattiagallotti.com
Matt oversees the digital outputs for the project including the website and related online resources. A historian by training with research interests in book history and knowledge creation in the early modern period, he now mainly works in research facilitation and manages the use of tools across the digital humanities in the School of Advanced Study. Matt can also be found on his website: Sixteenth Century Scholar.
Anna coordinates the activities, events and campaigns of The Human Mind Project. Anna leads on operations, communications and engagement, and supports the Project’s manager in the strategic development of the Project. Before joining the School of Advanced Study Anna worked in research administration at the UCL Institute of Education. In addition to her work for the Project Anna recently completed an MA in Social Research at Warwick University.
A trained philosopher, Sofia joined the Project in early 2016 to carry out postdoctoral activity. A Honorary Research Associate of the “Action & Body Group” at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL), she has worked on aspects of human voluntary actions, sense of agency, and responsibility, drawing on methods and insights from the humanities, as well as the psychological and brain sciences. As a member of The Human Mind Project team, she took part in the organisation of a number of conferences and workshops, including the event Agency, Morals and the Mind, and continues to work with the Project on it’s wider activities. In 2017, she has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich), where she is associated with the Chair of the Philosophy of Mind.