Dr Richard Stephens is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University. Richard researches the psychobiology of swearing including why people swear in response to pain. Richard also researches the psychology of alcohol and the alcohol hangover. Richard is Chair of the British Psychological Society Psychobiology Section and a founder member of the international Alcohol Hangover Research Group. Richard was winner of the 2014 Wellcome Trust/ Guardian Science Writing Prize and contributes regularly to TV, radio, print and online media. Richard’s first book Black Sheep The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad was published to critical acclaim and was recently announced as the winner of the British Psychological Society Book of the Year Award (Popular Science) 2016.
Wellcome Trust/ Guardian Science Writing Prize winner (2014); British Psychological Society Popular Science Book of the Year Award winner (2016)