Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford, where she became fascinated by the sciences of the human brain. She went on to do a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, before returning to Oxford to do a DPhil on the neuroscience of eye movements and postdoctoral work on the brain basis of dyslexia. She has published on topics from consciousness to the psychology of wartime atrocities. In 2002 she won two essay writing competitions, one for science writing and one for the humanities/social sciences, and decided to try writing a book. Her first book, Brainwashing, was published in 2004. Her latest, The Brain Supremacy, is due to be published in October 2012.