Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Paul Kolston studied at Canterbury University (NZ) where he graduated in 1985 with first class honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He obtained his PhD there in 1989, although he spent one year of his PhD studies at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. After a one-year post-doctoral position at the University Hospital Utrecht, The Netherlands, he moved to Bristol University (UK). In 1995 Paul was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which he transferred to Keele University in 1999. Aged 37, he is married with four infant children. Paul's favourite scientific interest is computer modelling of biological systems; his favourite recreational pursuit is body-surfing.
Born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, Vincent Walsh graduated in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and studied at UMIST for his PhD in Visual Neuroscience. His early interests were in the brain mechanisms for the construction and perception of form and colour. He currently holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford, where his work is now concentrated on perceptual learning and mechanisms of brain plasticity. His recent initiatives using magnetic stimulation have been the first series of experiments to use the technique to study cognitive processes. Recent additions to the subjects of research in his laboratory include the brain processes involved in mathematics, music and language.
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