Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at University of Cambridge and Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge. He has degrees in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.
He is the author of several books including Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind and Zero Degrees of Empathy, as well as the BAFTA-nominated DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help people with autism to learn emotion recognition. Recent awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from MENSA in 2011 and the Kanner–Asperger Medal in 2013. He is a trustee of a number of autism charities, including the Autism Research Trust.
In 2013, Simon Baron-Cohen worked in collaboration with artist Jon Adams during a residency and research project. Jon Adams set out on a personal, artistic and scientific investigation of his own Asperger's Syndrome, through a series of conversations, observations and experiments. Jon then presented a sound work as a performance with an accompanying talk at Arts Catalyst's event space in Clerkenwell.