I have an ISBN! 9780674743908 (preorder details for: Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation)

My forthcoming book (Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation, Harvard University Press, November 2015) now has an ISBN (9780674743908) and the book is starting to appear on searches in prepublication (see this) format. It even has a page on Amazon’s Japanese site! It is also available to pre-order via Amazon UK and Amazon USA. Amazon (.com) Amazon (.co.uk) Harvard… Read More

The Connected Hippocampus, 1st Edition | Shane O’Mara, Marian Tsanov | ISBN 9780444635495

The Connected Hippocampus, 1st Edition | Shane O’Mara, Marian Tsanov | ISBN 9780444635495 The purpose of this volume is to encourage researchers to situate the hippocampus as part of a network connected to the rest of the brain and not to consider it in isolation. We therefore present a selection of chapters that concentrate on… Read More

Cover Art for my new book with HUP – Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation

I have a new book due to appear (Autumn/Fall 2015) with Harvard University Press. Update: now available for preorder via Amazon (.com) Amazon (.co.uk) Harvard University Press Here’s the cover art (which is copyrighted HUP, so usual warnings apply regarding reproduction): Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation Shane O’Mara Torture is banned because it is cruel and inhumane. But… 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

Decoding signal processing in thalamo-hippocampal circuitry: implications for theories of memory and spatial processing

Decoding signal processing in thalamo-hippocampal circuitry: implications for theories of memory and spatial processing Marian Tsanov and Shane M. O’Mara Our latest paper. Highlights • Thalamo-hippocampal projections are vital for episodic memory formation. • There is extensive connectivity between these structures. • We examine the signals processed within this circuitry. • We focus on head… Read More

Torturing the brain (because this is what torture results in: broken brains, minds and bodies)

[My book ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’ (Harvard UP) can be preordered from Amazon (.com) – more details at end of post] Given the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study on the use of torture by the CIA, I thought it would be useful to gather together previous pieces on this blog on torture, including reblogs… Read More

‘The Integrative Action of the Nervous System’ and other works: The beautiful writing style of Sir Charles Sherrington

Sir Charles Sherrington is one of the greatest names in the history of neuroscience, and especially in neurophysiology. His book ‘The Integrative Action of the Nervous System’ – dating from a series of lectures in Yale (1906) is still an absolutely amazing read. Sherrington was a most beautiful and elegant writer. Introducing the term ‘the synapse’,… Read More

Managing your brain to optimise learning and memory: Some notes

This is a short popular media piece I wrote a while back for the Memory Lab exhibition (2011) on managing your brain to optimise learning and memory. I dug it out after receiving a few emails on this topic regarding study advice. There are two general things you can do – manage your lifestyle, and manage… Read More

Lots of thinking on consciousness and what it’s about around at the moment: some comments and links

There’s lots of interesting work around on the psychology, neuroscience and philosophy of consciousness at the moment, including issues to do with volition and free will. I sometimes make the observation to my students when we discuss consciousness and the brain that ‘our consciousness is at the centre of almost all that matters to us as humans,… Read More