Fornical and non-fornical projections from the rat hippocampal formation to the anterior thalamic nuclei.

Our latest paper available for download. We find that contrary to previous descriptions, projections from the subiculum to the anteromedial thalamic nucleus overwhelmingly relied on the fornix, whereas postsubicular inputs to the lateral dorsal part of the anteroventral nucleus, as well as to the anterodorsal and laterodorsal thalamic nuclei, largely proceed via the internal capsule (a non-fornical… Read More

Brain For Business: How neuroscience can fuel a start-up

The human brain is the most complex structure in the known universe. Brain For Business is a new series of events at Science Gallery Dublin, that explores the latest findings from neuroscience and psychology and applies them to the world of business and entrepreneurship. Hosted by Jess Kelly from Newstalk, the series will feature neuroscientist… Read More

Kindness – How do Children Become Kind?

[This is a non-technical piece I did for the Powering Kindness campaign on the development of kindness in children, and how it relates to changes in brain function]. It’s an age-old argument – are we born to be kind to others or do we learn to be kind to others? Across all societies, humans of all ages… Read More

Getting Ahead: Neuroscience in business leadership

Getting Ahead: Neuroscience in business leadership [NB: This is a version of an article I have in today’s Sunday Business Post.] The brain is the most complex structure in the known universe. The brain is responsible for each of us being conscious, being able to think, feel and behave. We also know that the brain is… Read More

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards – enabling the partnerships of the future

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
After time spent listening to members of our community – Trust staff, grantholders, and researchers from around the UK and the globe – the Wellcome Trust has updated its funding schemes to make them simpler and more flexible for applicants. Today we launch our new Collaborative Awards, enabling teams…

Getting people to confess while innocent is remarkably easy, unfortunately…

Here’s an important and telling paper, just published in Psychological Science (abstract below). The bottom line is that straightforward manipulations (information provided by a caregiver to a target participant) could lead the participants to believe, in the context of episodic memory recall, that they had committed a criminal offence in the past. In the research reported… Read More

Why Torture Never Works -This Week’s Futureproof

I did a piece on Newstalk‘s Futureproof programme with Ian Brunswick (of the Science Gallery at Trinity College) on what torture does to the brain: the podcast is here (from 32 min 36 sec onward). The whole programme is super and well-worth listening to. Please consider purchasing my book:  ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’ which can be preordered from: Amazon (.com)… Read More