Imogen Maria Mathews

Imogen Maria Mathews

Neuroscience Researcher

Imogen Mathews is a Neuroscience Researcher with a Master’s in Psychology, currently training to be a cognitive neuroscientist. She is fascinated by the neural makeup to what makes us creative. She loves painting, and her love for being creative in painting helps her think more creatively about current neuroscience projects, and bouncing between the two worlds of art and science helps her creative mind flow.

In her current position as Neuroscience Research Assistant at Givaudan, one of the major producers of fragrance, flavour, and cosmetics ingredients in the world, her work revolves around neuroimaging methods applied for understanding olfactory sensory appreciation.

In the past, she worked as a Research Assistant at Kingston University (London), assisting with three cognitive psychology projects that included neuroscience of learning (textbooks versus audiobooks), understanding the social contract in hospitals relative to handwashing behaviours measuring facial judgement, aesthetic appreciation, and neural pathway exploration. She also worked for the NHS; first, as part of the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service, providing therapeutic treatment to patients with common mental health problems including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety and stress; and later, as a member of the cellular pathology lab, part of South West London Pathology network, to deliver a high-alert diagnostic cancer service investigating complex gynaecology, skin, respiratory, urology, neurology, and head and neck oncology.




The Creative Brain: How Humans Respond to Aesthetics and Emotion

In this talk, Imogen will discuss some research she has carried out to try and understand the creative brain, combining the art and science world. Working with others further indulges our creative development and what we, humans, are good at. Everything we have built, designed and achieved is all from our creative mind. Her research focuses on […]