About John P.J. Pinel and Steven J. Barnes

John P. J. Pinel

John P. J. Pinel

Lead Blogger & Author of Biopsychology, 9th Edition

John Pinel, the author of Biopsychology (9th Edition), obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal and worked briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking a faculty position at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently Professor Emeritus.

Professor Pinel is an award-winning teacher and the author of over 200 scientific papers. However, he feels that Biopsychology is his major career-related accomplishment. "It ties together everything I love about my job; students, teaching, writing, and research." Pinel attributes much of his success to his wife Maggie who is an artist and professional designer. Over the years, they have collaborated on many projects, and the quality of Biopsychology’s illustrations is largely attributable to her skill and effort.

Pinel is an enthusiastic West African drummer who performs at local clubs, festivals, and drum circles with Nigerian drum master Kwasi Iruoje. For relaxation, he loves to cuddle his three cats: Rastaman, Sambala, and Squeak.

Steven J. Barnes

Steven J. Barnes

Assistant Blogger

Steven J. Barnes is an Instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His neuroscientific expertise lies in the areas of psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, learning and memory, and neuroplasticity. Steven currently has a keen interest in the translation and visualization of knowledge from each of these research areas, but especially from current research on bipolar disorder. Steven also helps direct a peer-run support group for individuals experiencing mental health issues: The Kaleidoscope.

Steven’s current art practice involves the production of new media pieces that aim to inspire dialogue on the ways we think about and use modern technologies (see DPrime), as well as traditional paintings and drawings. He is also a collective member in a Vancouver-based artist-run collective, Gallery Gachet, where he sometimes shows his artwork.

Don’t be Shy!

Don’t be Shy!