Psychologist and scientific commentator
About AricDr Aric Sigman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Institute of Biology and has received the Chartered Scientist award from the Science Council. Dr Sigman has worked on health education campaigns with the Department of Health and acted as advisor to the Institute of Personnel Management on health and psychology issues.
Lack of social connection;
The biological effects associated with watching television;
Psychology in the workplace;
Effects of change
Testimonials" ... his argument is compelling. Sigman might inspire his own brand of TV dementia: sets thrown wildly from open bedroom windows, Aerosmith-style, smashing to smithereens while whole neighbourhoods applaud. Seriously, TV can ruin your life." - Awarded five stars by the Independent on Sunday
The Spoilt Generation: How Restoring Authority will make our Children and Society Happier;
Remotely Controlled How Television is Damaging our Lives;
Read MoreDr Aric Sigman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Institute of Biology and has received the Chartered Scientist award from the Science Council. His paper, "Well Connected?: The Biological Implications of 'Social Networking'" is published in the Spring edition of Biologist, Vol 56(1), the journal of the Institute of Biology. NOTE: This paper has been misrepresented by many news reports as claiming that social networking causes cancer or disease. This is not true. The paper addresses the extent to which time online may be displacing face-to-face contact, and that lack of social connection is associated with physiological changes, increased incidence of illness and higher premature mortality.
He has recently written the Brain and Behaviour column for The Times Educational Supplement magazine. His previous paper on the biological effects associated with watching television, published in the science journal Biologist, and his talk at the Houses of Parliament, caused widespread public debate. Dr Sigman has worked on health education campaigns with the Department of Health and acted as advisor to the Institute of Personnel Management on health and psychology issues. He conducts seminars and public speaking.
Dr Sigman has written and presented scientific documentaries for BBC1 and Radio 4 on the scientific basis of faith; the biology of hypnosis; and on the effects of too much choice, and for Dispatches on Channel 4 on the hidden detrimental effects of moderate dieting. His health and psychology book Getting Physical won The Times Educational Supplement's Information Book Award.
Dr Sigman travels abroad frequently to observe various cultures including Bhutan, North Korea, Mali, Borneo, Tonga, Myanmar, Laos, Iran, Vietnam, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Far Eastern Siberia, Sumatra, South Korea, Cambodia and others.