Jim Davies is a cognitive scientist and author of Imagination: The Science of Our Mind's Greatest Power, and Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe. He co-hosts, with Dr. Kim Hellemans, the Minding the Brain podcast, which explores cognitive and brain sciences. He is a full professor at Carleton University at the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the School of Computer Science. He is director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, and has won awards for his teaching and research.
He writes a serialized fiction fantasy story for Altered Reality magazine, and is a game designer. Dr. Davies is a member of the Cognitive Science Society, the American Psychological Association, The Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, The International Association for Empirical Aesthetics, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, 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.