Why Walking Matters—Now More Than Ever (essay in the Wall St Journal)

I have an essay up on today’s Wall Street Journal. Snippet: Why does walking make us feel good? We all know that a satisfying stroll changes our outlook. Perhaps we realize it all the more today, when so many of us are hunkered down and this simple activity is a challenge. But walking is especially… Read More

Robert MacFarlane’s ‘Underworld’ – a very short review of a remarkable and astonishing book

This is one of the most remarkable and astonishing books I’ve ever read. It’s one of those rare books that you can’t wait return to, hate putting down b/c you’re drooling with sleep and your eyes can’t focus any more, and you want to start again when you’re finished reading it. Completing Underworld comes with… Read More

A small but persistent peeve: Journal referencing styles are a waste of time

Context: there are many things wrong with academic publishing (the financial winners and losers from the unpaid burden of peer review, for a start). But here’s a simple one: the house style for referencing for journals is utterly inconsistent, user unfriendly and a staggering waste of time. It would make life easier for everyone if… Read More

In Praise of Walking – My new book

In Praise of Walking is now available in hardback, paperback and Audible versions. You can get it via: Amazon.com Amazon.uk PenguinRandomHouse Audible Some reviews: New Scientist: ‘’informative and persuasive enough to rouse the most ardent couch potato’ The Times: “Fascinating … O’Mara argues [walking] is intimately connected to our bodies, our brains, and ultimately how we exist… Read More

The Psychological Science Accelerator: Call for Study Submissions (Deadline: June 20th)

Psychological Science Accelerator The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), a network of 300 labs collaborating to collect large-scale international samples of psychological data, is currently accepting study proposals from all areas of psychological science. Anyone can submit a proposal, whether or not they are a member of the PSA. Our mission is to accelerate the accumulation… Read More

Conscious spoons, really? Pushing back against panpsychism

Originally posted on NeuroBanter:
So today I’d been planning to write about a new paper from our lab, just out in Neuropsychologia, in which we show how people without synaesthesia can be trained, over a few weeks, to have synaesthesia-like experiences – and that this training induces noticeable changes in their brains. It’s interesting stuff,…