is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool.
His article ‘Why Can’t We Talk to the Animals?’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian-Wellcome Science Writing Prize. His forthcoming book Psychoddities (Profile, 2014) uses games, quizzes, puzzles, tests and illusions to introduce readers to the weird and wacky world of experimental psychology, and what it can tell us about our own lives. As a keen member of various obscure indie bands ("musician" would be pushing it), Ben is never happier than when he is onstage, whether giving an academic lecture at Harvard or Princeton, or playing music in a muddy field in Derbyshire. Originally from Ipswich, Ben now lives in Greater Manchester.