About

Dr. Jim Davies (http://www.jimdavies.org/) is an award-winning American/Canadian cognitive scientist, playwright, artist, and author. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the State University of New York at Oswego, his masters in psychology and his Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the School of Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario where he is the director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. His research focuses on visual reasoning, analogy, and imagination. He is author of the popular science book Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe.

Dr. Kim Hellemans is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. from Queen’s University, where her research focused on understanding the biological basis of drug addiction. She went on to complete post-doctoral positions at Cambridge University and University of British Columbia prior to taking a position at Carleton University in 2008. She has received several prestigious teaching awards that recognize her passion and dedication to university teaching, including the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award and the Capital Educator’s Award. Outside of her academic life, she is a dedicated runner and bakes a mean brownie. She has two young daughters: Robyn (7) and Zoey (4)