Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne is a research scientist at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research has been published in Science and The BMJ and has been covered by the BBC, the Daily Mail and the Scottish Daily Record. She has also written popular science articles for Forbes and The Financial Times. She appears regularly on Sky News and the BBC as an expert on swearing and artificial intelligence. Her fascinating and irreverent first book, SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, makes a case for our dirtiest words, showing how swearing can – amongst other things – reduce physical pain, help stroke victims recover their language, and help people work together as a team. It was bought at auction on both sides of the Atlantic, and will be published by Profile in the UK, W.W. Norton in the US, and Anansi in Canada in November 2017.