A/Prof Olivia Carter’s work focuses on understanding how the brain’s natural chemicals control complex behaviors, thoughts and perceptions. After completing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland in Australia, she worked as a research fellow in the Vision Science Laboratory at Harvard University. A/Prof Carter is currently based in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne where she heads the Perception and Pharmacology Lab. Her research is focused primarily on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms involved in perception and cognition within both healthy and psychiatric populations. She also has a long-standing interest in the neuroethical issues associated with advances in neuroscientific knowledge and drug/technology development. A/Prof Carter has previously served as the Executive Director of the international Association of the Scientific Study of Consciousness and the President of the Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society.