Psychologist, video games researcher, science writer


I'm a reader in psychology and science communication at Bath Spa University. My research looks at the behavioural effects of playing video games. I write regularly for the the Cosmic Shambles Network, and previous was the Guardian’s science blog network coordinator. My psychology blog Head Quarters was shortlisted for the Association of British Science Writers UK science blog award three times. I've previously written for the Observer, Telegraph, WIRED, Discover magazine's science blog, the Nature Network, the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, and Scientific American's blog network, and I've been a science consultant for BBC’s Horizon. I live in Bristol with my wife, dog, two cats, and whatever local wildlife the cats happen to bring in each night.


My first book, LOST IN A GOOD GAME, is a mix of psychology, travel writing and autobiographical writing. It looks at the reasons why we play video games, the effects they have on us, and why we shouldn't worry so much about the scaremongering stories we see about them in the news. It was published in April 2019, and you can buy it here.



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lost in a good game

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