My research

I apply neuroscientific and behavioural insights to decision-making in politics and international confrontations, in ways practically applicable to policy.

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 a Senior Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Birmingham (UK). I regularly work with the UK and U.S. Governments. I conduct international research with collaborators in China, Iran and the U.S.. My career was covered in Nature.

Prior to this I was an Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington DC). Beforehand, I was simultaneously a Research Fellow in neuroscience at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (University College, London; UCL) and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. I also practised medicine and taught neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. 

I have a medical degree from UCL, a management degree from Imperial College London, an MSc and PhD in neuroscience from UCL and am a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK). I have briefed at the Pentagon and various European governments, and appeared on the BBC and CNN.