December 31, 2020

Like most people, this year has been an emotional rollercoaster filled with highs and lows. Maybe if I'd known what was coming I wouldn't have embarked on a massive career change...


August 14, 2020

Data visualisation can be a great way to reflect on your research. Here's a simple tutorial in R for extracting text and presenting it.


July 30, 2020

Are you wearing a mask? How do you feel when you see other people wearing masks? You may not realise it but just learning the value preferences of other people changes your own preferences and makes you more like them.

Teacher Writing a Formula on a Blackboar

July 20, 2020

Attention and memory are two of the most studied areas of psychology and cognitive neuroscience. They are routinely used as indicators of brand and consumer engagement. But do we really know what these words mean? Or to put this another way, when we use these terms do we mean the same thing? Click the title to go to the full blog post.



July 17, 2020

I'm pleased to unveil my brand new website. I'll be updating this regularly with news and views, including a new blog that will begin with a series of posts about the psychology and neuroscience underpinning social influence.

Figure taken from Monko & Heilbronner (2020)


July 13, 2020

My previous research comparing cortico-striatal circuits in humans, monkeys, and mice has been reported on in a recent News & Views piece in the journal Lab Animal (Nature Publishing). You can read the summary article by clicking here or read my original research by clicking here.

Old Friends


July 12, 2020

My PhD student Louisa Thomas presented our recent work at the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies conference. We show how implicit social influence is more powerful when learning about the values of friends compared to strangers. This is linked to increased brain activity in social brain regions.