Andrew Kemp has received the Welsh Editor’s Award for Journalistic Excellence following the publication of his article on the vagus nerve in The Conversation, an online media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.


Swansea University recently celebrated a year with The Conversation during which time more than 100 articles have been published by academics at the university.

Andrew Kemp’s article, provocatively titled: From decapitation to positive psychology: how one nerve connects body, brain and mind (available here), secured the editor’s choice award.

This article builds on his recent scientific publications including two published reviews of his work in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews (available here), and a book chapter published by Springer Press, (available here).

This work including the lay press article in The Conversation, builds a case for a new transdisciplinary science of health and wellbeing, linking psychological moments to mortality spanning the disciplines of psychological science and epidemiology.