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Professionally, I am Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College, Dublin - neuroscientist, psychologist, and writerMy research interests are roughly, to borrow a phrase, ‘brain meets world’.

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My new book:

Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds

For less than the price of a pizza, you can pre-order my new book 'Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds' for your Kindle, to be autodelivered on 3rd Aug 2023 for some nice summer/autumn reading (also: Amazon (UK), or!

'Talking Heads is a stunning survey of the science of human connection and communication - from neurons to nations'

I am widely published in academic journals; in the popular press, I have had bylines in the Wall St JournalChronicle of Higher EducationForeign AffairsProject Syndicate/World Economic ForumTimes Higher EducationDeveloping Leaders QuarterlyAeon; and many more.

My other books

  1. In Praise of Walking: The New Science of How We Walk and Why It’s Good for us (PenguinRandomHouse/Bodley Head/VintageWW NortonAmazon; Trans: (2020/21: FrenchDutchSpanishNorwegian, Russian, Chinese, Greek, German, Polish, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian). ‘In Praise of Walking’ was chosen by the editors of as one of the best science books of 2020.

  2. A Brain for Business – A Brain for Life (published by PalgraveMacmillan, 2017). 

  3. Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation (Harvard University Press, 2015) Trans: French, Condition Humaine.

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Neuroscientist, psychologist, writer; Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin; Exploring the wonder of life through a neuroscience and psychology lens