Peter Whybrow

Fellow, Culture & Behavior

Culture & Behavior

Peter Whybrow is Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is also the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and CEO of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. Peter is an international authority on depression and manic-depressive disease and the effects of thyroid hormone on brain and human behavior. A founding member and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Whybrow has lectured widely across the United States and Europe, and is the recipient of many awards.

Dr. Whybrow is a frequent advisor to universities, foundations, and government agencies and is the author of numerous scientific papers and six books. His latest book, American Mania: When More Is Not Enough (WW Norton, 2006), is a provocative neurobiological analysis of the origins of the instinctual and social behaviors that balance a market economy, and explains how our reward-driven debt-fueled economy fostered the culture of greed and excess that triggered the world financial crisis of 2008.


Neuroscience, Happiness, and Balancing Self v. Social Interest

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Leading neuropsychiatrist Peter Whybrow is the author of American Mania: When More Is Not Enough, a neurobiological look at the instinctual and social behaviors that balance a market economy. He explains how America’s reward-driven culture is pushing the physiological limits of our evolutionary inheritance.

Latest Publications

Dangerously Addictive

Peter Whybrow    Mar 13, 2009   

Why we are biologically ill-suited to the riches of modern America [Excerpt] “It's called the American Dream,” George Carlin lamented shortly before his death, “because you have to be asleep to believe … >>

CULTURE AND BEHAVIOR: Dangerously Addictive: Why We Are Biologically Ill-Suited to the Riches of Modern America

Peter Whybrow    Sep 22, 2011   

EXCERPT: But living now in relative abundance, when the whole world is a shopping mall and our appetites are no longer constrained by limited resources, our craving for reward--be that for money, the fat and sugar of fast … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

Peter Whybrow

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Whybrow on "electronic cocaine" in The Daily Telegraph

Peter Whybrow  

Post Carbon Fellow Peter Whybrow describes our addiction to computers as "electronic cocaine". His work is cited in this article in the Daily Telegraph (UK). From the article: "Electronic cocaine": … >>