ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF INNOVATION LAB
The Science of Innovation Lab has a mission to empower individuals and organisations to create the future. The lab brings together some of the brightest minds in psychology, cognitive neuroscience and business to fully explore the multidimensional nature of innovation.
Lab director & founder, Joel is a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow and Prof. of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He also leads the Pearson Lab, a multidisciplinary agile Cognitive Neuroscience research group that does both fundamental and clinical research, consults with companies, artists and designers on brain science.
Dr Joel Davies
Joel is a Psychologist who has worked as an organisational development consultant for numerous large public and private sector organisations as well being the co-founder of technology start-up Cred Solutions. Joel completed both his Masters and PhD in organisational psychology at UNSW where he also lectures on innovation and organisational behaviour.
Zisheng was awarded the prestigious UNSW Scientia Scholarship to complete his PhD at SIL. His research focuses on factors that affect group decision-making and how we might improve it in relation to solving innovation challenges. As an experienced UX Psychologist at a digital transformation agency in the Sydney CBD, Zisheng aims to bring the worlds of academia and applied research closer together.
Sebastian is a cognitive science researcher completing his PhD using psychophysics and neurophysiology to unravel complex cognitive operations such as intuition, emotion and hallucinations. Through work at the applied science agency MindX, Sebastian gained comprehensive experience using cognitive neuroscience to produce data-driven solutions to real world problems, including in communications, branding, and creative development.
Mahreen is a Psychologist who is completing her PhD on the science of Emotional Intelligence. Her previous research has also looked at the factors that influence how job performance changes over time. Mahreen has previously worked as a psychometric assessment consultant and also teaches organisational behaviour in the UNSW business school.
Annabel Blake is a psychology graduate, former Australian Free skier, and Google Fiver in the creative labs. Her thesis project at SIL investigates the cognitive neuroscience of creativity, attention and perception. Annabel applies her background in behavioural strategy, marketing, technology and design to her practice of science communication and strategic planning.
Peter Simpson-Young has worked extensively with EEG, virtual reality, and brain stimulation, and recently graduated from a combined Science degree in Neuroscience and Psychology, and Arts degree in Philosophy. Peter will be using these techniques while conducting his PhD at the Science of Innovation Lab.
Approaching the completion of her Master of Organisational Psychology, Annaliese McGavin brings experience across marketing, consulting, research and psychology. She is passionate about interpreting and applying technical concepts in ways that individuals and organisations can understand and embrace in order to drive improvement through innovation. Her current research focuses on psychological safety in organisations.