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Jonathan Schooler Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). His research on human cognition explores topics that intersect philosophy and psychology, such as how fluctuations in people’s awareness of their experience mediate mind-wandering and how exposing individuals to philosophical positions alters their behavior. He is also interested in the science of science (meta-science) including understanding why effects sizes often decline over time, and how greater transparency in scientific reporting might address this issue. Towards this end, he co-organized, with support from the Fetzer Franklin Fund, a major interdisciplinary meeting on the decline effect at UCSB in 2012. A former holder of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, he is a fellow of a variety of scientific organizations, on the editorial board of a number of psychology journals, and the recipient of major grants from both the United States and Canadian governments as well as several private foundations. His research and comments are frequently featured in major media outlets such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Nature Magazine.
Arnold J. Mandell, M.D., is Founding Chairman and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). He presently is a Visiting Scientist at the Core MEG Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. Previously, he held professorships at the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Brain Research Institute at the University of California in Los Angeles, at the University of California at Irvine, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and at Emory University School of Medicine. Since leaving UCSD, Dr. Mandell has been mainly involved in studying the basic science and applied mathematics of brain activity and human behavior. He has received many prestigious awards including the A.E. Bennett Research Prize of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, a Career Teacher Award of the National Institutes of Mental Health, a Johananoff International Fellowship of the Mario Negri Institute, a Foundations Research Prize of the American Psychiatric Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Prize Fellowship in Theoretical Neuroscience, and a Humboldt Senior Prize Fellowship in Dynamical Systems. Dr. Mandell’s current research focuses on dynamical systems measurements of turbulent electromagnetic fields in relationship to MEG studies of resting, intentional and attentional states of human consciousness.