Science Writer, London
David Robson is a science writer specialising in the extremes of the human brain, body and behaviour. He is the author of The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life (2022) and The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things and How to Make Wiser Decisions (2019). He lives in London.
Mood and emotion
Why your favourite film baddies all have a truly evil laugh
Language and linguistics
Words as feelings
A special class of vivid, textural words defies linguistic theory: could ‘ideophones’ unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances?
Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser