John Harrison is a Visiting Fellow at the OU, an Associate Professor at the Alzheimer Center at the VUmc in Amsterdam, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London. John holds PhDs in both Neuroscience and the Classics, is a Chartered Scientist and has Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society, of which he is an Associate Fellow. John provides consultancy services on cognitive testing through Metis Cognition Ltd. Amongst his other professional interests are voice-over acting and conference hosting.
John has recently completed his PhD titled 'Myth in reception: Insights from Stourhead gardens' which examines the reception of Roman mythology in Georgian Britain as explored through the eighteenth-century English landcape garden. His current interests include Grand Tourist reception of Rome in the eighteenth century and the impact of this experience on design decisions for Georgian houses and gardens. John is also researching the reception of the English garden by overseas visitors and British visitor encounters with Pompeo Batoni.
John has presented his PhD research in a variety fora, recently including events organised by the National Trust, the Association for Art History and the Painshill Park Trust. His activities with the National Trust include consulting with staff involved with visitor experience and curation, including the recent 'Genius of the place' theme at Stourhead.