My name is Kathleen Taylor, and I’m a freelance science writer affiliated to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford. (For publications, try my SCOPUS ID, or my ORCID ID.) I write about neuroscience and psychology.
What I Do
Now I write books about the best topic in the world — the science of human brains and behaviour. The science of people. What could be more fascinating?
To date I’ve published three books on brain research, Brainwashing (2004), Cruelty (2009) and The Brain Supremacy (2012), all with Oxford University Press. (Brainwashing is soon to appear in a new edition as part of the Oxford Landmark Science series.) For more details, see the tabs.
My fourth book, The Fragile Brain, is about dementia. It’s currently in press, and due to be published in November 2016.
What I Don’t Do
I trained as a scientist, not a lawyer, government official, policy advisor, police officer, or therapist. If you have a suspected case of brainwashing or cruelty you need to talk to one of these people, not me. (For some useful contacts, try here.) My books Brainwashing and Cruelty are for people who want to know more about the science: how brainwashing and cruelty happen, what causes them, and what we can do to protect ourselves against them. The Brain Supremacy is more about how neuroscience itself works, and how fast it’s advancing. It covers methods of neuroimaging, optogenetics, and genetic manipulation, among much else. The Fragile Brain likewise is about the science of dementia, not the clinical realities of looking after sufferers (although it includes a list of organisations which can advise on care).
About My Books
My writing explores questions of interest to all of us:
● why do brains go wrong as we age, and how can we protect them? (The Fragile Brain)
I have done a range of national and international media work. Much of this has been written, including blog posts, articles and features for newspapers and magazines including The Huffington Post Science, the Guardian (on brainwashing and terrorism, the death of Kim Jong-il, and the brain basis of morality), the Daily Mirror (on brainwashing), and the RSA Journal (on cruelty).
I have also done spoken and video interviews for TV, radio and online sources. These include international media from Ireland, Spain, Australia, Canada and the US. UK media include Channel 4 and BBC radio stations such as the World Service (The Forum), Radio 3 (Nightwaves) and Radio 4 (Start the Week, All in the Mind, The Today Programme).
In addition, I was interviewed for the first film in the Creating Freedom trilogy, which was nominated for Best Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival.
I regret that at present I’m unable to accept invitations to do interviews, give talks or attend conferences. To contact me about another query, please click here.