I’ve written pieces for The Conversation about the psychology of taxation, as well as taking occasional commissions for other sources, perhaps most challengingly BBC Terrific Scientific on time perception (writing for kids is hard). I used to write a lot more for a general audience, with a regular column in student newspaper Varsity, and picking up minor accolades in the Daily Telegraph young science writer awards.
TV and Radio Production
I have worked as specialist researcher and scientific advisor on many BBC and independent TV programmes and series about the mind or brain. These include Robert Winston’s The Human Mind, How Art Made the World, Alternative Medicine: The Evidence, The Making of Me and three or four smaller productions. Sometimes I’ve done this remotely, freelance; others I’ve been employed directly by the production company and worked on site for several months. In these roles I’ve provided expert guidance, designed TV-friendly demonstrations of psychological phenomena, co-ordinated contributions from other scientists, checked the logic and accuracy of scripts, and more general researcher things from finding and arranging filming locations to lugging equipment around. Although I don’t do as much in this area as I did a few years ago, it has given me a clear understanding of TV and radio production, the ways in which TV stories are constructed, and the types of creative idea that make for engaging material.
I do much more as an unpaid contributor than a paid scientific advisor these days, and am happy to give interviews for print and broadcast media in areas where I have expertise. I have appeared on a range of prerecorded radio shows in recent years, including The Philosopher’s Arms (Radio 4), The Human Zoo (Radio 4), The Psychology of Money (Radio 4), Science in Action (World Service), All in the Mind (Radio 4), and have been interviewed live for many others, including Jake Yapp’s Sunday Breakfast (Talk Radio) and local radio stations in the UK and abroad.
In print and on the web I’ve been quoted in most of the major newspapers, either talking about my own research or commenting on a new finding or event. Recent examples include talking about cognitive ageing and gaming for Wired magazine; the demise of Adobe Flash for The Register as well as contibuting to publications from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and Ipsos Mori.