I am Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator

I explore brain systems supporting learning, memory, and cognition, and brain systems affected by stress and depression. I also explore policy implications of the behavioural and brain sciences. I have published >140 papers and edited 4 academic books.

Solo-Authored Books: My latest – In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us. I take a ‘brain’s eye’ of this most-overlooked but amazing human attribute – one reaching into every aspect of our lives, which allowed us to conquer the planet – walking, upright, on two feet, our hands free, head aloft, focused on the far horizons.


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Previous books:A Brain for Business: A Brain for Life‘ (Palgrave) and ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’   (Harvard)

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Twitter: too much amateur epi/immuno/virology/etc. going on here, so I’ve checked out for a while.