Professor Shane O’Mara
Professor Shane O’Mara – Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College, University of Dublin
Shane O’Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator. A graduate of NUI Galway (BA, MA) and University of Oxford (DPhil); a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin (FTCD); first Ireland-based elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (FAPS); and elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA). The first recipient in Ireland of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, which is provided to “support exceptional, world-class researchers, who already hold a recognised academic position and whose research will address the most important questions about health and disease.” His research explores brain systems supporting learning, memory, and cognition, and brain systems affected by stress and depression. He also explores applying brain science in business and organisations, and he is currently completing a book on this topic, expected to be published in Q2, 2017. He has published over 120 papers and edited 3 books. His book ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’ (Harvard University Press) examines brain function under stress and duress, and the science, ethics and practice of human information gathering.