Biography

JackLewisPhDHi there, I’m Jack… welcome to my site. Below is a short account of my story so far. And to the right a list of topics I’ve written about.

I received my neuroscience doctorate in 2005 and got my post-doctoral research published in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience in 2010. Since then I’ve been pushing a wide variety of television, radio and live projects to increase everyone’s interest in their own brain.

I spent many years using fMRI brain imaging to investigate how the human brain integrates information from the eyes and ears. During this time I realised that, as fascinating as multisensory research is, my interests range widely across the full breadth of  brain research. I dig around extensively in the neuroscience, psychology, psychiatric, medical, technology and gaming literatures, searching for nuggets of info to help people get more out of their brain. Being so up to date comes in handy for developing new TV formats, radio shows, books etc.

Since my last stint as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany I’ve been focusing on science communication. There is so much new insight into how our brains do all the amazing things they can do, but it mostly remains inaccessible to everyday people. My goal is to bring the fruits of the latest neuroscience research to the attention of the widest possible audience, taking great care to speak and write in plain english.

Over 5 years I’ve developed extensive experience as a science television broadcaster, either as presenter and/or science consultant, on a variety of television series filmed for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery, National Geographic, Teachers TV, More4 and MTV. For a full run down of all my past projects as a TV presenter please click here. My new series for Discovery Networks will air on TLC across the world starting at the end of summer in 2013.

My latest showreel is at the bottom of this page and older ones can also be accessed by clicking here.

This website contains an extensive archive of articles spanning a variety of topics, including the following categories (see full list in panel to the right):

  • Better Brains – includes articles to do with improving brain function
  • Brain Malfunctions – this section describing various ways the brain can go wrong to result in various neurological and psychiatric conditions
  • Chemical Stimulation – focuses on drugs, both medical and recreational, to shed some light on how they do what they do
  • Older Brains – concentrates on issues specific to older adults, particularly in light of concerns about age related cognitive decline
  • Wonders of the Brain – includes links to fascinating articles that I’ve tweeted over the years and my own articles all about extraordinary feats of brain power
  • Young Brains – covers everything from brain development in the womb, through childhood, and into adolescence

I absolutely love sharing my enthusiasm about the brain live with members of the public. I do talks for schools, businesses and as of this summer when I will speak for the first time at the Cheltenham Science Festival – the general public. I think that the popularity of my “Brain Coach” talks revolves around the fact that I use lots of images to help carry the story that I tell and that they are packed with tips on how to apply insights from neuroscience in everyday life.

My talks have proven extremely popular with head teachers as school children really seem to sit up and take notice when someone they know “off the telly” comes in to speak to them in person. And by unravelling the mysteries of the human brain students are engaged and inspired to work that little bit harder which improves exam performance simply by opening their eyes to exactly what goes on inside their brains as they learn.

Another talk tailored to corporate audiences, typically in the context of an annual conference, shares insights into how to maximise brain function and innovation in stressful, target-driven work environments. In addition to general tips for brain optimisation, the latest findings from the neuroeconomic literature are explained in an accessible fashion to help business people better influence the decision making processes of their customers and to motivate their own staff.

If you require Dr Jack’s input as a presenter, consultant or speaker on a science-related topic, click here and get in touch!

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