A captivating exploration of the science of a skill that is uniquely human- how we walk. And a hymn to its many benefits for our mental and physical health, and for our society.
Shane O'Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity
College Dublin - the University of Dublin. He is Principal
Investigator in, and was Director of the Trinity College Institute
of Neuroscience, one of Europe's leading research centres for
neuroscience. He is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a
Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator.
He is the author of two previous books, Why Torture Doesn't Work- The Neuroscience of Interrogation and A Brain for Business - A Brain for Life. He has also written many scientific papers, as well as for the newspapers and magazines.
He loves to walk wherever and whenever he can, with long urban walks in any walkable city a particular favourite.
"Fascinating ... O'Mara argues [walking] is intimately connected to
our bodies, our brains, and ultimately how we exist as a species" *
The Times *
"Convincing and compelling ... In Praise of Walking is peppered with insights about everything from 19th-century poets and flaneurs to modern-day experiments with subjects playing video games in fMRI scanners" * Sunday Times *
"Walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier ... [O'Mara] knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data" * Observer *
"Full of insights... an accessible and thought-provoking discussion of walking as a key to human success" * Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain *
"A fascinating new book that examines the multitudinous benefits of this form of locomotion" * Harper's Bazaar *