Prof Chris McManus

Chris McManus studied medicine and psychology in Cambridge and Birmingham, and is currently Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at UCL. He has several different areas of research interest, including brain lateralisation, particularly the genetics of handedness and language dominance (described in his prize-winning book Right Hand, Left Hand, 2002), and medical education, where he has a particular interest in the psychometrics of professional accreditation. 

While an undergraduate in the 1970s he became interested in his third area of research, empirical aesthetics, which was then a very unfashionable field which he used to describe has his 'academic hobby', although interest in the field has grown enormously in the last two decades. Modern software has now made experiments far easier to carry out, and work has included studies on photographic cropping, drawing (particularly life drawing), simple geometric figures, cross-cultural differences (and similarities), and recently the relationship between the beautiful and the sublime. 

Chris is a fellow of the International Association for Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and of Edinburgh. For further details see www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-education.