Dr. christian jarrett


Education and training

Christian has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Manchester, a Masters in Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and a first-class degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London. His Masters and PhD were funded through two full Medical Research Council scholarships. He won several awards during his academic studies, including the University of Manchester’s Annual Research Prize for Neuroscience in 2004, the British Oculomotor Group’s Student Poster prize in 2003 and the Driver prize for outstanding undergraduate performance in psychology at Royal Holloway. Christian is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a full member of the Association of British Science Writers. He previously taught Biological Psychology for the Open University and has worked as a freelance copy-editor for the prestige journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 

Awards and nominations

Christian’s Rough Guide to Psychology was shortlisted for the 2011 British Psychological Society Book Award and for the 2012 Guild of Health Writers “Best Health Book” Award. His Research Digest blog was a finalist in the psych/neuro category of the 2013 Science Seeker blogging Awards. Christian won “Best Sports/Fitness feature” for his article The Psychology of Stamina in the 2012 Guild of Health Writers Awards. In 2010 he was awarded the “Best blog - psychology” award in the international Research Blogging Awards, for his writing on the BPS Research Digest. He was also shortlisted for two Guild of Health Writers Awards that year, in the “Best Trade or Specialist feature” category and the “Best Online feature” category. In 2009 he was awarded the Guild of Health Writers Award for the “Best Trade or Specialist magazine” feature, for his Psychologist magazine article When Therapy Causes Harm.

Christian Jarrett is the author of PERSONOLOGY, Using the Science of Personality Change to Your Advantage, forthcoming from Simon and Schuster. His previous titles include the critically acclaimed Rough Guide to Psychology, the international bestseller 30-Second Psychology, and most recently Great Myths of the Brain, described by experts as a “tour de force of critical thinking”, “always smart, often humorous”, and “as entertaining as it is enlightening.”

A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian became a science writer and editor after post-doctoral research at the University of Manchester.

Today Christian works for the British Psychological Society as editor of their award-winning and internationally renowned Research Digest blog, the site he created and launched in 2005. He also writes a regular column on personality for BBC Future, an anxiety advice column for VICE Tonic, and is an expert panelist for BBC Focus magazine. His recent TED-ED lesson on the psychology of ownership has been viewed over 500,000 times. Christian makes occasional radio and TV appearances to discuss psychology findings. 


From 2015 to 2016, Christian wrote a column on brain science and popular culture for New York magazine.

Christian also wrote the popular and controversial Brain Watch blog for WIRED and he’s also blogged for Psychology Today and Mind Hacks.

Christian has also written about psychology and neuroscience for numerous international newspapers, magazines and organisations including:

The Times, GQ, The Guardian, WIRED, WIRED UK, New Scientist, BBC Future, BBC Focus, Aeon, Adobe’s 99U, Womankind, Science Uncovered, Psychologies, the Centre for Affective Sciences in Geneva, Unilever, the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Ivy Press, BioMedCentral, Outdoor Fitness, the Psychological Testing Centre, OneLife, Insight Magazine, New Statesman, Trends in Cognitive Sciences (TICS), New York Magazine, Creative Huddle and The Creativity Post. From 2005 to 2014, Christian was staff journalist on The Psychologist magazine.

Besides his own books, Christian has co-authored and contributed to several other psychology and neuroscience titles. Interest in Christian’s work has also led to him appearing on British and US radio, and presenting as a keynote speaker.

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