A huge number of scientific papers contributed to the facts and ideas contained within Sort Your Brain Out, far too many to keep track of given that they were read over the span of almost two decades!


Consequently, these references comprises a selection of key papers - merely tips of icebergs that represent the highlights of the scientific evidence that has accumulated over the years relating to the topics outlined in the book.


Wherever access to a specific research paper has been made available for free, a clickable link has been provided - indicated where author name and publication dates are BOLD and underlined - should you be curious to explore in greater depth.


This list has been updated ahead of publication of the second edition.


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