Kathleen Taylor (biologist)
|Kathleen E. Taylor|
|Fields||Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychology|
|Institutions||University of Oxford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford
|Known for||Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control|
|Notable awards||First prize, THES/OUP Science Essay competition and THES Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Prize|
Kathleen E. Taylor is a research scientist in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. In July 2012 she was appointed as a Science Fellow of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour
Taylor attended the University of Oxford where she studied physiology and philosophy. She obtained a Masters degree in psychology from Stirling University, and received her doctorate in computational neuroscience from the University of Oxford.
Taylor performed postdoctoral research in the areas of neuroimmunology and cognitive neuroscience. She is a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford and works out of the university's Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. She performs research in the areas of physiology, psychology and the neuroscience of belief. Taylor presented her research on brainwashing at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in 2005.
Published work 
Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control, her first book, was "highly commended" and runner-up in the 2005 Times Higher Education Supplement Young Academic Author Award, and also made it to the shortlist for the 2005 MIND "Book of the Year Award". The book also made it to the longlist of the 2005 Aventis "Science Book Prize", where it was described as containing "elegant and accessible prose". Taylor's most recent book "The Brain supremacy" was published October 25th, 2012.
The Brain Supremacy uses recent examples from scientific literature and the media to explore how techniques such as fMRI function and how they could apparently be useful for mind reading. While advancing through what the neuroscience is behind such claims Taylor also covers how scientists come to such amazing results. The book gives an overview of the latest advances in neuroscience while also looking at the practical and ethical side of new technologies. As in recent years funding and researchers have been pouring into the field of neuroscience, it has been said that we are entering the era of the brain supremacy. As we know physics, chemistry and other natural sciences are advancing all the time and making it easier and simpler for people to go about their every day. The potential of drugs that can increase our brain power and cure devastating diseases, and the reality of machines that can read minds are all topics of interest. Taylor peers into the future and looks at how all the advances in neuroscience in its social and ethical context could possibly affect our behavior and impact our daily lives. The implications of this powerful new research are presented with clarity yet remain entertaining.
- INSTITUTE FOR FOOD, BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR, Registered Charity no. 517817 at the Charity Commission
- Taylor, Kathleen E. (July 2006). "Intergroup atrocities in war: a neuroscientific perspective". Medicine, Conflict and Survival (Routledge) 22 (3): 230–244. doi:10.1080/13623690600772592. ISSN 1743-9396. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- Staff (April 12, 2005). "Evil influence is all washed up - Education". The Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). p. Public Agenda 8.
- Szimhart, Joseph (July–August 2005). "Thoughts on thought control". Skeptical Inquirer (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) 29 (4): 56–57.
- Price, Stuart (March 26, 2005). "The Independent: BOOKS: PICK OF THE WEEK: Science Festival Talks Fri to 10 Apr Various venues, Edinburgh". The Independent.
- Burne, Jerome (December 18, 2004). "How to win friends and influence people". Financial Times (The Financial Times Limited). p. 30.
- Taylor, Kathleen (November 8, 2002). "Is imagination more important than knowledge? Einstein". Times Higher Education (TSL Education Ltd). Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- Taylor, Kathleen (2004). Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control. Oxford University Press. Front matter. ISBN 0-19-920478-0.
- "Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control - By Kathleen Taylor - Longlisted, General Prize 2005". The Royal Society. royalsociety.org. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- Staff (2005). "Aventis Prizes 2005 - Special Reports". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- "Dr. Kathleen Taylor". Oxford University, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.
- "Kathleen Taylor - Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control". Meet the Author USA. Meet the Author Ltd. 2008.
- "Dr Kathleen Taylor". Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour.