What science has to say about talking to yourself in lockdown. Guardian, 12 July 2021.

It’s OK to talk to yourself. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec 2016.

Top 10 books on memory. Guardian, 2 April 2014.

Is memory just a leaky reconstruction? Guardian, 26 April 2013.

What I’m thinking about… Fiction’s science lessons. Guardian, 22 August 2012.

The story of the self. Guardian, 14 January 2012.

Shared memories and the problems they cause. Guardian, 14 January 2012.

Unlocking Martha’s stories. Guardian, 26 March 2011.

Ideas for modern living: Memory. Observer, 22 August 2010.

Grandad – back from the dead. Guardian, 3 October 2009.

Images of childhood. Financial Times, 23 May 2009.

What’s on your mind? Guardian, 15 October 2005.

Fiction reviews:Once Again Assembled Here‘ by Sean O’Brien, Guardian, 20 August 2016; ‘Caribou Island’ by David Vann, Sunday Telegraph, 30 January 2011; ‘The Widow’s Tale’ by Mick Jackson, Sunday Telegraph, 4 April 2010; ‘Generosity’ by Richard Powers, Sunday Telegraph, 17 January 2010; ‘Afterlife’ by Sean O’Brien, Sunday Telegraph, 2 August 2009; ‘The Fire Gospel’ by Michel Faber, Sunday Telegraph, 7 December 2008; ‘The Gate of Air’ by James Buchan, Sunday Telegraph, 5 October 2008; ‘Crime’ by Irvine Welsh, Sunday Telegraph, 6 July 2008; ‘Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures’ by Vincent Lam, Sunday Telegraph, 25 May 2008; ‘Confessions of a Fallen Angel’ by Ronan O’Brien, Sunday Telegraph, 31 March 2008; ‘Caravan Thieves’ by Gerard Woodward, Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2008; ‘The White King’ by György Dragomán, Sunday Telegraph, 27 January 2008; ‘Tree of Smoke’ by Denis Johnson, Sunday Telegraph, 22 November 2007; ‘Passage’ by John David Morley, Sunday Telegraph, 30 September 2007; ‘A Box of Matches’ by Nicholson Baker, Scotland on Sunday, 9 February 2003; ‘The Other Side of Silence’ by André Brink, Scotland on Sunday, 1 September 2002;  ‘Dirt Music’ by Tim Winton, Scotland on Sunday, 7 April 2002.

Non-fiction reviews: ‘The Philosophical Baby’ by Alison Gopnik, Financial Times, 27 July 2009; ‘Gig: The life and times of a rock-star fantasist’ by Simon Armitage, Sunday Telegraph, 17 April 2008; ‘So you think you’re human?’ by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Scotland on Sunday, 4 April 2004; ‘Nature Via Nurture’ by Matt Ridley, Scotland on Sunday, 27 April 2003; ‘Consciousness: A user’s guide’ by Adam Zeman, Scotland on Sunday, 16 March 2003; ‘A Devil’s Chaplain: Selected essays’ by Richard Dawkins, Scotland on Sunday, 2 March 2003; ‘The Blank Slate: The modern denial of human nature’ by Steven Pinker, Scotland on Sunday, 22 September 2002; ‘The Cradle of Thought’ by Peter Hobson, Sydney Morning Herald, 4-5 May 2002; ‘Spike Island: The memory of a military hospital’ by Philip Hoare, Scotland on Sunday, April 2001; ‘A War of Nerves’ by Ben Shephard, Scotland on Sunday, 5 November 2000.


Stem subjects. Review of ‘The Hidden Spring’ by Mark Solms, Literary Review, January 2021.

Plastic perfection. The Lancet, May 2018.

What self-talk reveals about the brain. Scientific American, August 2017.

How to tune into your inner speech. Big Issue, 16 May 2016.

Lest we remember. Review of ‘Forgetting: Myths, perils and compensations’ by Douwe Draaisma. Literary Review, December 2015.

Morality for toddlers. Review of ‘Just Babies: The origins of good and evil’ by Paul Bloom, Literary Review, December 2013.

The voices within: The power of talking to yourself. New Scientist, 1 June 2013.

Total lack of recall. Review of ‘Permanent Present Tense: The man with no memory, and what he taught the world’ by Suzanne Corkin, Literary Review, May 2013.

Found in translation. Review of ‘Louder than Words: The new science of how the mind makes meaning’ by Benjamin K. Bergen. Nature, 491, 36-37, 1 November 2012.

Total recall. BBC Focus Magazine, August 2012, 54-59.


Tripping in the ICU. Aeon, 16 March 2017.

What our internal voices say about ourselves. TIME Ideas, 2 December 2016.

The running conversation in your head. Q&A in The Atlantic, 23 November 2016.

What novels can tell us about memory. Huffington Post, 28 January 2014.

It’s time to listen to the voices in your head (with Eleanor Longden). Guardian Science blog, 8 November 2013.

How to remember the past. Daily Beast, 4 May 2013.

What our memories tell us about ourselves. TIME Ideas, 20 March 2013.

Fiction Uncovered by… Charles Fernyhough. Fiction Uncovered, 19 October 2010.


The Silent Mind, BBC Radio 4, 1 August 2022.

The history and science of how we talk to ourselves, The Diane Rehm Show, 3 November 2016.

Our inner voices, All in the Mind, ABC Radio, 19 June 2016.

Loneliness and inner voices, Start the Week, BBC Radio 4, 11 April 2016.

Voice-hearing, The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 15 January 2016.

The science of the mind, Start the Week, BBC Radio 4, 30 June 2014.

Memory, This Way Up, Radio New Zealand, 9 November 2013.

Who’s got hold of children’s imaginations?, Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, 8 November 2013.

Inner speech, The Forum, BBC World Service, 19 August 2013.

Memories and other stories, The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, 29 March 2013.

Reminder: Our memories are less reliable than we think, Weekend Edition, NPR, 17 March 2013.

Julia Copus, Charles Fernyhough, Paul Heaton, Tania Herschman, The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 13 July 2012.

Selected talks

The science of the voices in your head‘, Royal Institution, May 2016.

On hearing voices‘, 5 x 15, London, March 2016.

Possibility: Biology, illness and the sum of the parts‘ (with Tim Parks and Sam Guglani), Medicine Unboxed, Cheltenham, November 2012.

‘Imagining the past, remembering the future’, Royal Institution, July 2012.

‘Little minds, big ideas’, Royal Institution, March 2010.