Are you thinking what I’m thinking? (The Observer)

August, 2015 // A large report for The Observer’s Discovery section on ‘mind control’ technologiesRead More »


Mind your mouth (Time Out)

TimeOut, Feb 2015 //

I wrote a blog for TimeOut responding to Giles Coren’s recent column on Mindfulness. Although Coren was quite good fun about the piece on Twitter, and I got some nice messages about it, I feel it veers towards the smugger-than-thou / here’s-why-you’re-wrong science writing that I loathe, so I probably won’t be doing this sort of thing again.Read More »

The new strain of cannabis that could help treat psychosis (The Observer)

November 2014 // Although widely seen as a potential trigger for schizophrenia, marijuana also contains an ingredient that appears to have antipsychotic effects. Tom Ireland visits the UK’s only licensed cannabis farm and meets the man responsible for breeding a plant that might be of benefit to millionsRead More »


Mind over Matter: What does mindfulness do to your brain? (The Biologist)

October 2014 //

Whether it’s to relieve stress, reduce pain or fight addiction, ‘mindfulness’ meditation is gaining in popularity. Tom Ireland speaks to researchers studying its effect on the brain

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What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain? (Scientific American)

Scientific American, June 2014 //

As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your feet feel like right now. Their heaviness.

If you’ve never heard of mindfulness meditation, congratulations – you’ve just done a few moments of it. More people than ever are doing some form of this stress-busting meditation, and researchers are discovering it has some quite extraordinary effects on the brains of those who do it regularly.

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Interview: Professor Bruce Hood

The Biologist, June 2013 //

Professor Bruce Hood tells Tom Ireland how the kilogramme of neurons in our head creates an illusion of identity and consciousness.

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