IASAS Artistic Director
Daniel Schuster graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BS in Political Science, and has teaching credentials from California State University at Hayward. He is on staff with Building Bridges Art Exchange, an international nonprofit arts organization located in Santa Monica, California. During his tenure, Daniel Schuster has worked with the gallery director at all levels, and has curated and developed exhibitions as the coordinator for Special Exhibitions and Development; he is also on the Board of Advisers. He continues to work closely with IASAS president Dr. Sean A. Day to developed the framework for the Art and Neuroscience of Synaesthesia International Exhibition (ANSIE) to be held in Los Angeles in 2017. Working in coordination with Dr. Sean A. Day and CC Hart, Daniel Schuster was instrumental in the creation of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists (IASAS).
IASAS Science Director
Romke Rouw studied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, and received her PhD in 2001 from Tilburg University. During her doctoral thesis (with Prof. Beatrice de Gelder) she studied the ‘special’ processes involved in face recognition. In 2001, she returned to the University of Amsterdam as faculty member in the group Brain and Cognition at the Psychology department. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, gives lectures to academic and non-academic audiences, has management functions at the UvA, and performs cognitive and neuroscience research. Her research is on perception and sensations, with a particular fascination for the surprisingly loose relationship between the stimulus input from our physical environment on the one hand, and the rich sensations in our private mental world on the other hand. This is not only the case for ‘special cases’ such as synesthesia; during a one-year visit to the lab of professor Kosslyn at Harvard University she examined the similarities between visual percepts and visual mental images. She currently studies the cognitive and neuroscientific mechanisms underlying extraordinary sensations. She finds synesthesia a great example of how ‘different’ sensations do not need to be ‘bad’! She is a visiting scholar at University of California, San Diego, since 2011.