John Kennedy is University Professor of Psychology in the Department of Life Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada. He researches the psychology of perception and cognition with special reference to representation by pictures. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a past President of the Toronto Semiotic Circle (1991-1992) and a recent Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (2008-2009). In addition to helping answer long-standing questions related to form, vision and touch, his work on metaphor and picture perception among the blind have been influential in the transformation of blind education and publication practices, as well as practices in museums and galleries, throughout the world.
In Vision and Touch, Dots Fit a Function: A Theory for Museums Open to the Blind as well as the Sighted