Welcome to my site.
Keyword summary of content
Consciousness, Dreams, Weather, Language, Mental illness, Depression, Anxierty, Meaning of Life, Death
Short biography. I am Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and a writer, science journalist, public speaker, and comedian. I was formerly Chair of Cognitive Psychology at Dundee, where I was Head of Department and then Dean from 2003 until 2014. I am now a full-time writer and speaker. I am author of several books, including the best-selling text The Psychology of Language, currently in its fourth edition, and The Psychology of Weather. My latest book, The Science of Consciousness has just been published. My research interests are wide, including language, consciousness, sleep, dreams and their meaning, ageing, futurology, and psychology and the weather. I have suffered all my life from severe anxiety and depression, another topic of my research, and write, talk, and blog about it. I don't make any money out of this site. I provide it as a resource for people interested in the weather, consiousness, language, and mental illness. In general my research and interests are about how we can maximise and achieve our potential. I hope you find the site useful. Feel free to contact me at the email address below.
Links to my pages
. For an extended biography.
. For details of my books,including:
The Psychology of Language
Talking the Talk
The Psychology of Weather
The Science of Consciousness
Science and Psychology
My novel Fit for a King, and more.
. Material related to my psychology of language books and psycholinguistics research.
. Material related to my consciousness book , and consciousness research, particularly sleep, dreams, and higher and altered tates of consciousness. Here you will find additional information, as well as clarifications and any corrections to the text, plus as many resources on consciousness as I have time to add. I have kept a dream diary for many years. I update these pages very frequently.
Information about severe weather events in Britain, recent weather, the British climate, and material related to my book The Psychology of Weather, including research on the topic of the weather and behaviour. How does weather affect us? I update these pages at least once a month, usually more often.
. My struggles with mental illness. My blog on mental illness, , is now hosted on these pages, and new entries can also be found with here. It particularly deals with depression and anxiety, and how they relate to trying to find meaning in life. I also talk about the in general, and my fear of death.
. I am keen (if distinctly average) chess player. I am interested in the psychology of chess playing, particularly at the sub-grandmaster level, and how we can all become better players - at any age.
How to contact me
Email me at:
Like everyone else I get submerged with spam, so if I haven't acknowledged your email within in a week or so the most likely explanation is that I missed it, so please just resend. I will answer all emails that I think are real (and not asking me for money) as soon as possible.
6 December 2022.
I don't put any cookies on your computer or store any information about you. I don't show any advertisements.
If you think I have broken copyright in any way, particularly with the use of images, please let me know before sueing me for every penny I have (because I don't have very many). It's not my intention to exploit or offend anyone.
The software I use for putting this site together doesn't have a spellchecker (or at least one I can find) so there are almost certainly typos. I correct them as I find them but life without a spellchecker is surprisingly difficult.
I am an enthusiastic photographer and nearly all of the images on this site are mine. Photography is "painting with light", and the light depends on the weather.