About

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Brian Hughes is the author of The Psychology of Brexit: From Psychodrama to Behavioural Science (forthcoming in 2019, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan). His other books include Psychology in Crisis (2018, Palgrave), Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience (2016, Palgrave), and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (2012, Prentice-Hall). He is currently a Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

A prominent advocate for scientific psychology, evidence-based policy, scientific outreach, and the role of psychology in society, he writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. 

He has wide-ranging media experience. He has written articles for national newspapers such as the Irish Times and Irish Independent, has been a contributor to radio documentaries and talk shows on science, psychology, and philosophy, and has been interviewed on several topics for outlets such as the Financial Times, the Irish Times, Metro.co.uk, RTÉ, Today FM, and Newstalk FM. His blog has been featured in pieces appearing in Slate online and the Guardian Higher Education Network.

A noted authority on the impact of mental stress on human physiology, especially cardiovascular responses, he has also authored over 100 academic journal articles and chapters. He served as President of the international Stress and Anxiety Research Society from 2014 to 2016, and as President of the Psychological Society of Ireland in 2004/2005. He was made a Fellow of the PSI in 2015.

As well as his post at the National University of Ireland, Galway, he has held visiting academic positions at King’s College London, Leiden University, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Missouri.

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