Jim Davies is a cognitive scientist and author of Imagination: The Science of Your Mind's Greatest Power, Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe. His book Being the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are: The Science of a Better You comes out in Februrary 2021. He co-hosts, with Dr. Kim Hellemans, the award-winning Minding the Brain podcast, which explores cognitive and brain sciences.
He is a full professor at Carleton University's Department of Cognitive Science, and the School of Computer Science. He is director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, and has won awards for his podcasting, teaching and research.
Dr. Davies is a four-time TEDx speaker. If you would like to invite him to give a talk, please see the list of talks.
The CV has hyperlinks to publications.
Dr. Davies is an effective altruist, and a member of the Cognitive Science Society, The Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, The International Association for Empirical Aesthetics, the Virtual World Society, the speculative fiction writing group Lyngarde, The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, the Independent Game Developer's Network, and is honored to be a lifetime member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.