Human biology influences every aspect of the choices we make. This includes economic choices, perceptual choices and political choices. I am fascinated by the biological determinants of political behaviour in particular. What do I mean by biology: I mean decision-making systems in the brain; and bodily systems such as the hormones. Biology shapes the behaviour of Kings and paupers; risk-taking entrepreneurs and hard-working civil servants; politicians and public opinion.
Who am I?
I am a neuroscientist interested in the predictable irrationalities that underlie political behaviour. I am currently an Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, examining decision-making with nuclear weapons. Prior to this I was simultaneously a Research Fellow in neuroscience at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (UCL) and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.