My New Blog at Psychology Today – First 3 Posts

I was recently invited to start blogging at Psychology Today.

I have three lengthy posts there now as follows:

Why Torture Doesn’t Work – Torture to enhance interrogation is a demonstrable failure, given its own goals.

How Should We Interrogate the Brain? – The latest research points the way to effective and ethical interrogation.

Human Information Gathering: How Can We Proceed? – The behavioural and brain sciences, if allowed to, can transform interrogation.

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Press Book for ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’

Press Book Shane O’Mara Why Torture Doesn’t Work (Links)

Introduction
Torture doesn’t work because the information secured is deeply unreliable for reasons rooted deep in the functioning of our brains, according to Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research and Director of the Trinity Institute of Neuroscience in his new book, Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation. Drawing on neuroscience and cognitive, social and clinical psychology as well as examining the use of torture in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Cambodia, Algeria and by the CIA, the book is a detailed account of the human brain under stress and demonstrates that torture is at best ineffective, usually counterproductive, and always inhumane.

Trinity Media Relations collaborated with Harvard University Press on the media promotion of the book. A press release and related YouTube video was issued to national and international news outlets on November 30, 2015 by Trinity and the news was also highlighted on the Trinity corporate Twitter account and on the News and Events homepage. Review copies were circulated to media by Harvard University Press.

Print & Online Coverage:

 Financial Times, February 5, 2016
 TheWeek.com, December 16, 2015
 New Statesman, December 3, 2015
 ProspectMagazine.co.uk, February 10, 2016
 Sunday Times, November 8, 2015
 Times Higher Education, November 26, 2015
 The Guardian, November 26, 2015
 Irish Times, November 27, 2015
 Irish Times, December 10, 2015
 Irish Examiner, December 21, 2015
 Aeon.co, November, 2015
 IrishHealth.com, December 1, 2015
 HumanRightsFirst.org, January 22, 2016
 ForeignAffairs.com, January 15, 2016
 PsychologyToday.Com, December 9, 2015
 TheWeek.com, December 7, 2015
 Just Security.org, February 12, 2016
 TheJournal.ie, December 6, 2015
 Publishers Weekly, November, 2015
 OpenLetterMonthly.com, 2 March, 2016
 The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2015

Journals:
 Nature, November 4, 2015
 New Scientist, November 11, 2015
 Science Magazine, October 16, 2015

Broadcast Coverage:
 Newsday, BBC World Service, December 1, 2015
 Ryan Tubridy Show, RTE Radio 1, November 23, 2015
 Sean Moncrieff Show, Newstalk, November 12, 2015
 The Right Hook, Newstalk, December 2, 2015
 Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best, November 15, 2015

Press Book Shane O’Mara Why Torture Doesn’t Work (Links)

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Barbra Streisand, Elsevier, and Sci-Hub

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

Thirteen years ago, Kenneth Adelman photographed part of the California coastline from the air. His images were published as part of a set of 12,000 in the California Coastal Records Project. One of those photos showed the Malibu home of the singer Barbra Streisand.

In one of the most ill-considered moves in history, Streisand sued Adelman for violation of privacy. As a direct result, the photo — which had at that point been downloaded four times — was downloaded a further 420,000 times from the CCRP web-site alone. Meanwhile, the photo was republished all over the Web and elsewhere, and has almost certainly now been seen by tens of millions of people.

Oh, look! There it is again! Oh, look! There it is again!

Last year, the tiny special-interest academic-paper search-engine Sci-Hub was trundling along in the shadows, unnoticed by almost everyone.

In one of the most ill-considered moves in history, Elsevier sued Sci-Hub for lost revenue. As a direct result, Sci-Hub…

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Torture and Cognitive Dissonance | Slugger O’Toole

http://sluggerotoole.com/2016/01/15/torture-and-cognitive-dissonance/

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Torture and Cognitive Dissonance | Slugger O’Toole

http://sluggerotoole.com/2016/01/15/torture-and-cognitive-dissonance/

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What made Charles Darwin an Effective Thinker? Follow the Golden Rule

https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2016/01/charles-darwin-thinker/

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What to expect in 2016 at Science Gallery Dublin

Would you choose to erase a traumatic memory? Will we be farming more guinea pigs than chickens in the future? How much of what you see is really there? And what happens when creativity, art, and engineering mix with power, pain and politics.

From trauma and farming to seeing, design and violence, the 2016 programme at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin will embrace a number of bold and compelling themes offering our visitors opportunities to connect with work that probes surprising, compelling and participative ideas.

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