About this Fellow
Margaret A. Boden OBE ScD FBA is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, where she helped develop the world's first academic programme in cognitive science. She holds degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology (including a Harvard PhD, Cambridge ScD, and three honorary doctorates), and integrates these disciplines with AI in her research. She is a past vice-president of the British Academy and past Chair of Council of the Royal Institution, and an elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (and of its British and European equivalents). Her work has been translated into twenty languages, and she has lectured widely, to specialist and general audiences, around the world. She was the subject of BBC Radio-4’s The Life Scientific in October 2014. Her recent books include The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms (1990/2004); Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science (2006); and Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise (2010). (AI, Its Nature and Future is in press.) She has two children and four grandchildren, and lives in Brighton. Boden, M. A. (2016) AI, Its Nature and Future. Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise (2010) Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science (2006) The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms (2nd edn., 2004) Piaget (2nd edn. 1994) Artificial Intelligence and Natural Man (2nd edn. 1987) Purposive Explanation in Psychology (1972).
- Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex
- Research Professor of Cognitive Science, Centre for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Sussex, 2002
- Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Birmingham, 1959 - 1965
- Lecturer, Reader in Philosophy and Psychology, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1965 - 1980
- Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1980 - 2002
- Research Professor of Cognitive Science, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 2002
British Academy Appointments
- Vice-President, 1989 - 1991
Visual perception and its development in early childhood; in particular, spatial, motion, binocular vision, and vision for action, and their underlying brain mechanisms in typical development and developmental disorders
Clinical psychology; phenomenology, diagnosis, neural basis, & treatment of depression & post-traumatic stress disorder; psychological care following major incidents
The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.
Sign language as a model to understand human language generally: neuroimaging studies of commonalities in processing spoken & signed languages; the influence of modality of communication on language structure; sociolinguistics of Deaf communities.