My research

Human biology influences every aspect of the choices we make. This includes economic, perceptual 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 Senior Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Non-Resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington DC), examining decision-making in international confrontations. My career was recently covered in Nature.

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. I have briefed at the Pentagon and various European governments, and appeared on the BBC and CNN.