Chris

School and University
As with all of us, I have lived through exciting times. I left school, having specialised in Maths & Physics, with a place to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge. But, in my gap year, a biology teacher friend of my father told me about the new discipline of cybernetics (control and communication in animal and machine), which sounded more exciting and more in line with my interests than physics. So, with only slight difficulty, I switched from physics to psychology, which seemed to be the nearest thing to cybernetics available at that time. I studied psychology in the period of the move from behaviourism to cognitivism. As an undergraduate, I received lectures from the leading cognitive psychologists of their day, Donald Broadbent and Richard Gregory. At the same time, I was being supervised by a hard–line Skinnerian, John Steiner[1] . Later, I was in the right place at the right time to be among the first psychologists to have access to computers (1966) and then brain scanners (1976). These chance encounters pushed me in certain directions that I would not have followed otherwise. These are just some of the many chance events that shaped my career.
[1] He later became a psychoanalist

Arriving at Cambridge University, I soon auditioned to play in one of the many small orchestras, but it immediately became apparent that I wasn’t actually very good. But I kept up my playing, with a very dilapidated piano in my room, and a back desk in a performance of Dowland’s Lacrimae in College. My friends found this piece very miserable. There was a similar story with my poetry of which I wrote a lot at that time. My submission to Granta was turned down with a very kindly letter from the then editor, David Frost.