(Released from behind the paywall – my piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education) The Neuroscience of Interrogation: Why Torture Doesn’t Work

Here is the piece I wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education on the American Psychological Association’s Independent Review on its collusion in the programme of enhanced interrogation. I focus here on the broader context. My book, Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation is available on Amazon. deals with these and related issues in depth. It will be released in November, 2015.… 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

#sfn14 – As time goes by: The gradual impact of chronic stress on rodent hippocampal structure and function

I won’t be there but go see our poster anyway – presented by Mostafizur Rahmen. Program#/Poster#: 745.05/SS30 Presentation Title: As time goes by: The gradual impact of chronic stress on rodent hippocampal structure and function Location: WCC Hall A-C Presentation time: Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM Presenter at Poster: Wed, Nov. 19,… Read More

Chronic immobilization stress occludes in vivo cortical activation in an animal model of panic induced by carbon dioxide inhalation

It has been known since at least the 1920’s that inhaling high amounts of CO2 (20%) induces panic attacks in healthy individuals. There is a remarkable literature deriving from diving and respiratory physiology in submariners available treating this topic. The great father and son team [John Scott Haldane (the physiologist and polymath) and J. B. S. Haldane (the physiologist,… Read More

Business leaders must take a stand on mental health – FT.com

Business leaders must take a stand on mental health – FT.com via Business leaders must take a stand on mental health – FT.com. Great, timely and important piece. A quote: The fact that we only talk about workplace stress when there is a high-profile case of mental ill-health is a problem. And another: … mental… Read More

Exploring adverse neuropsychiatric effects of interferon alpha, using a preclinical model; exploring behavioural and pharmacological pathways to amelioration of these adverse effects

Recombinant Human Interferon-Alpha Pic from the Wikimedia Commons. Interferon alpha is widely used in the treatment of a variety of non-neurological conditions (for example, hepatitis C, Kaposi’s sarcoma, among others). It is in fact currently the only FDA-approved treatment for hepatitis C. Treatment for hepatitis is limited by the striking and adverse neuropsychiatric consequences of interferon alpha… Read More

Dissociation of dorsal hippocampal regional activation under the influence of stress [Front Behav Neurosci. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI

(Available for download as OA on Frontiers – just click through the link) via Dissociation of dorsal hippocampal regi… [Front Behav Neurosci. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI. Passecker J, Hok V, Della-Chiesa A, Chah E, O’Mara SM. Source Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Abstract Stress has deleterious effects on brain, body, and behavior… Read More

Terrorism, Torture and Memory: Royal Irish Academy | About | Science Series

[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] Royal Irish Academy | About | Science Series via Royal Irish Academy | About | Science Series. This links to a podcast of an unusual interdisciplinary evening, featuring a neuroscientist (me), a political scientist (Richard… Read More