I've worked for about 13 years as a research scientist, studying cognitive neuroscience, mainly at Cambridge, UK (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit), where I still live.
I took a small break from research in 2008, to become a writer. My first book, a popular science book on the science of consciousness, THE RAVENOUS BRAIN, will be out on 1st September 2012 (published by Basic Books, US). My second book will probably be a novel about science, but I haven't as yet approached publishers for this.
I also occasionally write articles for popular science magazines, such as Scientific American, and would be keen to do more of this, time permitting.
As of Feb 2010, I returned to research, mainly carrying out neuroimaging work exploring the nature consciousness and how the brain supports this unique process, at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.
As a scientist, I've carried out research (mainly brain-scanning) on intelligence,
strategic thinking, memory, mathematical thinking and chunking. I've studied normal people, those with focal brain damage, and people with
autism and synaesthesia. I mainly carried out research into the prefrontal cortex in the
I've been married to Rachana Ramarao since 2001, and our first child, a daughter, Lalana, was born in August 2010.