Anthony R. Dickinson

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Anthony (Tony) R. Dickinson [C.Psychol, AFBsS, C. Sci, PhD, D.Neurisci] (born 1960) is an academic neuroscientist and Scientific Advisor at the Beijing Genomics Institute.

Dickinson specializes in brain development and incremental intelligence training, listed in various Who's Who publications since the 1980s, for his work as an educator, and his invention and development of the first four-way implantable brain cannular implant device. Dickinson is also the designer of 'e@Leader' the world's first online edutainment system to incorporate real-time autoregulatory psychometrics for the enhancement of student intelligence.


After some years working as a prototype electronics engineer, Dickinson graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Neuroethology, and continued his studies to obtain a pre-clinical Diploma in Neuroscience and surgery from the Royal School of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Edinburgh.

After some time spent working as Research Associate to Dr. Alan Dixson on marmoset reproductive sex behaviour in the labs of the British Medical Research Council (1989–90) and later in the field studies of Mandrill baboons in the jungles of Gabon, West Africa (WHO attache, 1990–91), Dickinson then returned to the University of Edinburgh, where he was invited to conduct a longitudinal study concerned with the characterisation of intelligent systems (both real and artificial), involving experimental cognition work with human children, birds, monkeys, robots and human adult clinical outpatients. It was during this latter time spent in the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience (1990–1999) that, under the direction of Dr. Brendan McGonigle, Dickinson prepared his PhD thesis, concurrent with his employment in the Department of Psychology as a Lecturer in Comparative Psychology and Neuroscience.

During this second period at the University of Edinburgh, Dickinson was also Master (Warden) of Salisbury Green Halls of Residence, University of Edinburgh, and founder of the Cowan House Eccentric Society, the student newspaper The Salisbury Salve, and the Salisbury Green Recital Series.

Later becoming a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Dickinson then moved by invitation to take the position of Visiting Research Fellow to the Snyder Lab of the McDonnell Centre for Higher Brain Function at Washington University School of Medicine (WashU), in the USA (1999–2005). His principal researches there included investigations with electrophysiological correlates of hand–eye coordination behaviour in the posterior parietal cortex regions of the brain. As concurrent lecturer in Psychology and Medicine at WashU, his postgraduate and undergraduate courses included those concerned with Comparative Animal Cognition, Neuroanatomy, and the Biological Basis of Behaviour.

Before leaving the USA, Dickinson co-founded several intelligence development companies in the Far East, now wholly owned by PI Inc., and includes KBET (USA/China) [which offers child development programs of social, intellectual and intelligence enhancement training of his own curricula and task design], Eduventure Technologies [which Dickinson started in order to develop and launch the world's first online intelligence-enhancing edutainment system to incorporate real-time psychometric testing – the 'e@Leader' program], and WPS/GCP [psychometric testing services for the psychological assessment of the individual child, parents, and corporate clients all over the world].

Other research under Dickinson's supervision has involved the study of a wide variety of naturalistic behaviours of exotic animal species, both in captivity (largely involving the extensive collection of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland) and wild populations of various primate species in Kenya, Gabon, Bolivia and Costa Rica. Other of his supervised student projects have recruited both human and non-human primates, dolphins and other cetaceae, ungulates, birds and insects covering a broad range of comparative topics including sexual behaviour, social dynamics and organisation, feeding and communication, and developing intelligence behaviours.


Dickinson's many awards in support of his work have included:

  • a McDonnell-Pew CNS Investigator-Initiated Grant (PI, 2000–2003),
  • several ASAB Research Grant Award (PI 1997,1998),
  • UFAW Research Grants (PI x4, 1997, 1998) and
  • R(D)SVS Visiting Research Fellowship (1990), and the distinguished MRC Advanced Studentship (1987–88).


Dickinson's professional memberships include the Society for Psychological Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society,[1] the Hong Kong Psychological Society, the British Brain Research Association, the International Brain Research Organisation, The International Primatological Society, The New York Academy of Sciences, The Primate Society of Great Britain, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Society for Neuroscience, the Scottish Primate Group, and the Vision Sciences Society.

Besides serving as consultant to both academic and professional bodies across the world, Dickinson has contributed much research consultancy to a variety of communities as diverse as the International Social Sciences Institute (British Govt), the Paraphysics Laboratories (Downton, Wilts), Tesco Supermarkets (UK), Edinburgh Zoo (Scotland) and Timberland (HK), and a number of different governmental educational depar6ments and organisations throughout Europe, America and Asia. Dickinson is also frequently consulted as both reviewer/editor for a variety of international journals and book publishers.


  • "Abstracts of the Vth European Conference on Developmental Psychology". Seville, Spain. 6–9 September 1992. p. 11.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  • "A New Paradigm. Handbook and Abstracts of the XVth Congress of the International Primatological Society". Bali, Indonesia. 3–8 August 1994. p. 422.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  • Calton, Jeffrey L.; Dickinson, Anthony R.; Snyder, Lawrence H. "Non-spatial, motor-specific activation in posterior parietal cortex". Nature Neuroscience 5 (5): 580–588. doi:10.1038/nn0602-862. PMID 12021766. 
  • "Non-spatial, motor-specific activation in posterior parietal cortex" (PDF). The Journal of Neuroscience: 10091–10099. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 


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