Hi, my name is Stephen Whitmarsh.

I am a neuroscientist, experimental psychologist and dilettante in art and media production. My research focuses on 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). I am captivated by the potential of brain-computer-interfaces to develop an awareness of our relationship with (our own) brain activity, and using insights in metacognition in improving the flexibility and feasibility of brain-computer-interfaces. I am developing the EEGsynth, an open-source platform for brain-computer-interfaces, which I use for interdisciplinary education in neuroscience, e.g. within the Brain Control Club at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity.

Many questions in cognitive neuroscience extend far beyond those that can be investigated using neuroscience alone, and I therefor explore issues of attention, metacognition and many others using artistic and introspective experimentation. I am co-founder of the artistic research collective OuUnPo (2009), as well as the interdisciplinary collective 1+1=3 (2015), where I focus on the potential for performance and collective experimentation with brain-computer-interfaces using insights from neuroscience, cognitive psychology and contemporary music experimentation.

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) where I studied neuroscience of meditation (thesis). In 2015 I received an MA in Art and Media Production from Linköping University, Sweden, on complex systems in art. 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 between attention, metacognition and gut-brain coupling, using magnetoencephalography and electrogastography.

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