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I am a neuroscientist, psychologist, and writerMy research interests are roughly focused on functions ‘within the brain’ (memory, stress, depression, for example), and the ‘brain in the world’ (where I use a ‘brain’s-eye view’ to focus on larger social, cultural, and policy issues).

I am widely published in academic journals; in the popular press, I have had bylines inWall St JournalChronicle of Higher EducationForeign AffairsProject Syndicate/World Economic ForumTimes Higher EducationDeveloping Leaders QuarterlyAeon; and many more.


I have published several books:

  1. In Praise of Walking: The New Science of How We Walk and Why It’s Good for us (PenguinRandomHouse/Bodley Head/VintageWW NortonAmazon; Trans: (2020/21: FrenchDutchSpanishNorwegian, Russian, Chinese, Greek, German, Polish, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian).

  2. A Brain for Business – A Brain for Life (published by PalgraveMacmillan, 2017). 

  3. Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation (Harvard University Press, 2015) Trans: French, Condition Humaine.

And there is another book on the way.

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