Dr Darren Schreiber’s research examines the link between our political attitudes and what goes on inside our brains. Having worked as a lawyer in the US, Darren specialised in federal litigation and had his first federal jury trial at the age of 23. While studying for his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, he pioneered the field of neuropolitics with the first use of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to investigate patterns that occur in the brain when people make decisions. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter and has worked at a number of prestigious institutions around the world. Darren attributes his achievements to his curious nature and claims that as a child, every encyclopedia volume at home made its way to his bedroom. He challenges himself to learn one new skill a year – most recently rock climbing, Hungarian and scuba diving.
Knowing that we are hardwired not to be hardwired will help us to unlock our potential beyond the constraints of our environment or biology. By realising that we have a brain built for politics means we aren’t locked into ancient hatreds, but rather are a species that has exhibited cooperation at a larger scale for thousands of years. By seeing our potential in this light, I’m certain that we’ll transcend our current limitations.