School of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
Professor of Experimental Brain Research and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator
Shane O’Mara is the Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College, Dublin - the University of Dublin; he is a psychologist, neuroscientist, and writer.
His research interests focus on functions ‘within the brain’ (memory, stress, depression, for example), and on the ‘brain in the world’ (using a ‘brain’s-eye view’ lens on social, cultural, and policy issues). He has published more than 140 scientific papers, and has written for many newspapers and magazines ((by-lines in, e.g., Foreign Affairs, Chronicle Higher Ed, Times Higher Ed, Project Syndicate, PsychologyToday, Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Wall Street Journal).
He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway (BA, MA) and of Oxford University (DPhil/PhD). He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (USA), and is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy. shaneomara.com
He publishes a very popular, regular, newsletter at brainpizza.substack.com - small, medium, and large slices of writing on brains, behaviour, & lots between.
His book 'In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration' was chosen by the editors at Amazon.com as one of the best science books of 2020: it explores the science behind this most overlooked but defining human adaptation - one that enabled us to conquer the world - by walking together to new, and perhaps better, lives. It has been widely translated (French, Dutch, Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese, Greek, German, Polish, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian).