The frailty and error-proneness of human cognition and the decision to torture

Under many conditions (including difficult and stressful ones), people rely on heuristics (cognitive shortcuts that enable decisions) and are prone to effects of social processes such as groupthink. We have a guide from more than fifty years of data in experimental psychology and experimental brain research to understand how human rationality and reason is bounded… Read More

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

‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’ can now be preordered from: Amazon (.com) Amazon (.co.uk) Harvard University Press Torture is banned because it is cruel and inhumane. But as Shane O’Mara writes in this account of the human brain under stress, torture should never be condoned because it does not work the way torturers assume it… Read More