Christian Jarrett

Christian JarrettChristian Jarrett has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from University of Manchester, a master’s degree in Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry in London and a first-class degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London. His Masters and PhD were funded through two full Medical Research Council scholarships. He won several awards during his academic studies, including the University of Manchester’s Annual Research Prize for Neuroscience in 2004, the British Oculomotor Group’s Student Poster prize in 2003 and the Driver prize for outstanding undergraduate performance in psychology at Royal Holloway.

Jarrett is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, full member of the Association of British Science Writers and the Guild of Health Writers. He’s written freelance for The Times, The Guardian, WIRED, WIRED UK, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Psychologies, the Centre for Affective Sciences in Geneva, Unilever, the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Ivy Press, BioMedCentral, Outdoor Fitness, the Psychological Testing Centre, OneLife, Insight Magazine, New Statesman, Psychology Today, 99U, Trends in Cognitive Sciences (TICS), Mind Hacks, Creative Huddle and The Creativity Post. He also taught Biological Psychology for the Open University and worked as a freelance copy-editor for TICS.

Jarrett’s Rough Guide to Psychology was shortlisted for the 2011 British Psychological Society Book Award and for the 2012 Guild of Health Writers ‘Best Health Book’ Award. His Research Digest blog was a finalist in the psych/neuro category of the 2013 Science Seeker blogging Awards. Jarrett won ‘Best Sports/Fitness feature’ for his article The Psychology of Stamina in the 2012 Guild of Health Writers Awards. In 2010 he was awarded the ‘Best blog – psychology’ award in the international Research Blogging Awards, for his writing on the BPS Research Digest. He was also shortlisted for two Guild of Health Writers Awards that year, in the ‘Best Trade or Specialist feature’ category and the ‘Best Online feature’ category. In 2009 he was awarded the Guild of Health Writers Award for the ‘Best Trade or Specialist magazine’ feature, for his Psychologist magazine article When Therapy Causes Harm.

Credits to Psychology Writer

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 02 February 2015


Shihui Han

Shihui Han is a professor at the Department of Psychology at Peking University. He is the director of the Cultural and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Peking University since December 2003. He is an associate editor of Social Neuroscience and Acta Psychologica Sinica, and serves onthe editorial board of Cognitive Neurodynamics, International Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis. He studies Cognitive and neural mechanisms of visual perception and attention. He also studies neural substrates of social cognition such as self-referential processing, empathy, and theory-of-mind, and how cultures influence the underlying neural mechanisms. He has published over 80 peer review research papers.

His recent publications include:

  • Ma, Y., Li, B., Wang, C., Shi, Z., Sun, Y., Sheng, F., Zhang, Y., Zhang, W., Rao., Y., Han, S. 5-HTTLPR polymorphism modulates neural mechanisms of negative self-reflection. Cerebral Cortex, in press.
  • Wang, C., Oyserman, D., Li, H., Liu, Q., Han, S. Accessible cultural mindset modulates default mode activity: Evidence for the culturally situated brain. Social Neuroscience, in press.
  • Luo, S., Shi, Z., Yang, X., Wang, X., Han, S. Reminders of mortality decrease midcingulate activity in response to others’ suffering. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, in press.

Credits to Peking University

Published: 09 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Emma Burrows

Emma BurrowsEmma Burrows is a behavioural neuroscientist at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, which is the largest brain research group in the Southern Hemisphere. Her research project include novel behavioural phenotypes in the Neuroligin 3 Knockin mouse model of autism, and characterising gene-environment interactions in mouse models relevant to psychiatric illness. In the past she has supervised Faith Lamont – Utilising Touchscreen technology for preclinical modelling of cognition in brain disease and Liliana Laskaris – Investigating social behaviours in the Neuroligin 3 mouse model of Autism.

Some of her recent works include:

  • Burrows, E.L, & Hannan, A.J. (2012) Towards environmental construct validity in animal models of CNS disorders: Optimizing translation of preclinical studies. CNS & Neurological Disorder-Drug Targets.
  • Burrows, E.L. and Hannan, A.J. (2012) Characterizing social behavior in genetically targeted mouse models of brain disorders. Methods Mol. Biol.
  • Burrows, E.L., McOmish., C.E., & Hannan, A.J. (2011) Gene–environment interactions and construct validity in preclinical models of psychiatric disorders. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry. 35(6):1376-82.

You can follow her on Twitter @embws

Credits to The Florey

Published: 09 March 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


John Kubie

John KubieJohn Kubie is a neuroscientist working at Downstate Medical Centre in Brooklyn, NY (departments of Cell Biology and Physiology/Pharmacology). His areas of concentration are hippocampus, navigation, learning and memory. Earlier work was on the olfactory systems in salamanders and snakes.

In the past few years he has been reading and writing more broadly on consciousness, morality, decision making and a few other brain/behaviour topics. (He says that it has been tough to tie these into the hippocampus, but he is working at it.)

Kubies tries to keep up on popular press coverage of neuroscience. He has great respect for a few science journalists, but mostly he’s concerned about press coverage and popular books in neuroscience. He’ll likely use his website to write brief reviews and reactions. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnKubie.

Published: 09 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015