Hi, my name is Stephen Whitmarsh.
I am a neuroscientist and experimental psychologist interested in understanding the relationship between the mind and the brain. It is not at all obvious! I have been researching what endogenous neuronal oscillations can tell us about our state of attention, and the possibility and consequences of awareness of attention (i.e. metacognition of attention). Such questions go far beyond those that can be investigated using neuroscience alone, and I therefor am excited about connecting neuroscience with artistic and introspective experimentation. For example, I am becoming increasingly captivated by the potential of neurofeedback to develop an awareness of our relationship with (our own) brain activity.
After a postdoc in the FieldTrip development team (2013), I helped start up the Swedish National Magnetoencephalography facility at Karolinska Institute (2014-2016). You can find many lectures under videos. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Visual Cognition group at Paris’ École Normale Supérieure, where I study the relationship with attention on gut-brain coupling, using magnetoencephalography and electrogastography.
I hold a MSc in psychology from the University of Amsterdam (2005), and my PhD from the Donders Institute for Cognitive Neuroimaging, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2012). My thesis was titled Nonreactivity and Metacognition in Mindfulness. In 2015 I received an MA in Art and Media Production from Linköping University, Sweden.
I am a member of the art and research collective OuUnPo since it’s conception in 2009 (organizing e.g. the Stockholm session). Within the neuroscience/music/art project 1+1=3 I am developing an open-source EEG-synthesizer for sound synthesis, artistic performances and interdisciplinary education in neuroscience, e.g. with the Brain Control Club at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity.
Example of EEG converted into a musical composition
Promo photo for NatMEG, Karolinska Institutet
Preparation for real-time EEG performance with 1+1=3 at Huhta Home Studio, Stockholm
Promo photo 1+1=3 during residency at The Ship In The Woods, San Diego
The logo for the EEGsynth – converting EEG into real-time signals for musical performance
Logo of 1+1=3, our science-music-art collaboration
My performance for OuUnPo at Spiral, Tokyo, 2014
With OuUnPo at Tate Britain, as part of exhibition by Yane Calovski