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 blogs I’ve written about on various brain-related topics.

 

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

A first class Bachelors degree in neuroscience came from the University of Nottingham in 2001 and in 2005 I got my PhD from UCL.

In 2010 I published the post-doctoral research I performed whilst at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics where I investigated how the human brain integrates sound and vision in perception using fMRI. An EEG study I did in collaboration with Goldsmith’s University has recently been accepted for publication the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics and will come out sometime in 2018.

For the past ten years I’ve been focused mainly on what I call Neuroscience ABC:

NEUROSCIENCE ABC

A is for Author: I’ve published a best-selling book called Sort Your Brain Out (Wiley), have a new one coming soon Mice Who Sing For Sex (Little Brown) and a third The Science of Sin (Bloomsbury Sigma) scheduled for publication in August 2018.

B is for Broadcaster: I’ve presented series for BBC, Sky and Discovery and my second series of Secrets of the Brain is scheduled to air on Insight TV in late 2017.

C is for consultant: I’ve injected a neuroscience-informed perspective into many communication projects for a wide variety of companies across many industry sectors.

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PODCASTING

The neuroscience-based motivational speaking has become an increasingly important aspect of my work. An overview of the kind of talks I do can be found by clicking here. For the past three years I’ve also been doing a fortnightly podcast called Geek Chic’s Weird Science, co-presented with RadioX’s Lliana Bird (I’m the Geek, she’s the Chic!). We discuss the latest news from the weird and wonderful backwaters of science.  It’s available on iTunes, podbay, libsyn and several others. In 2017 we turned this into a live show, recording in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Latitude Festival and WOMAD.

MY GOAL

My main goal is to bring the latest neuroscience research to the attention of the widest possible audience, taking great care always to speak and write in plain English. I also do a lot of work to help promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects across the world by getting people excited about all sorts of new scientific breakthroughs, issues and events.

TELEVISION WORK

I’ve developed extensive experience as a science television broadcaster over the past 8 years, either as presenter, expert contributer and/or science consultant (showreel at bottom of page):

  • Insight TV (www.insight.tv or Sky channel 564)
    • Secrets of the Brain – series 2 (Presenter, 10 x 60 mins, Insight TV, 2017)
    • Secrets of the Brain – series 1 (Presenter, 10 x 60 mins, Insight TV, 2016)
  •  BBC
    • People Watchers (Presenter, 20 x 60mins, BBC2, 2008)
    • Newsround (Expert Contributor, CBBC, 2014)
    • How to Save £1,000 (Expert Contributor, Watchdog Special, BBC1, 2015)
    • Meet the Humans (Expert Contributor, 2 of 5 x 60 mins, BBC Earth, 2017)
  • ITV
    • How To Get More Sex (Expert Contributor, Liberty Bell, 2009)
    • This Morning (various appearances, 2011-2014)
      • Don’t Be A Slave To Your Brain (3 monthly segments, Jun-Aug, 2011)
        • Memory, Decision Making, Hanging onto Your Marbles
      • Sex Pheremones (2014)
      • Britain’s First Cloned Pet (2014)
    • Titchmarsh Show (Big Debate: How Much Meddling With Mother Nature is Too Much? 2014)
  • Channel 4
    • Secret Life of Buildings (Expert Contributor, Maverick, 2012)
    • Tony Robinson’s Monsters & Demons (Expert Contributor, Wildfire Productions, 2013)
    • Everything You Need To Know About.. (Expert Contributor, 360 Productions, 2013)
  • Channel 5
    • Britain’s Best Brain (Games Consultant, Endemol, 2010)
    • Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Expert, Magnum TV, 2016)
    • One Punch Killer (Expert, ITN, 2016)
    • Bad Dads (Expert, ITN, 2016)
  • Sky One
    • How To Get What You Want (Presenter, 8 x 60mins, 2010)
    • Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (Expert Contributor /  live neuroscience demo, 2016)
  •  Discovery
    • Sex Hospital (Presenter, 5 x 60mins, TLC, Betty TV, 2013)
    • The Tech Show (Presenter, 20 x 30mins, Discovery Science, Reef TV, 2012)
  • National Geographic
    • Inside The Living Body (Science Consultant, Feature-Length Doc, PioneerTV, 2007)
  • Canadian Broadcast Corporation
    • Officeland (Expert contributer, CBC, 2014)
  • Teacher’s TV
    • Faraday Films (Presenter, 4 x 15min, Radley Yeldar, 2008)
  • MTV
    • Plain Jane (Expert contributer, 2 x 6 x 30mins, Gogglebox TV, 2 series: 2012 / 2013)

My latest showreel is (should be!) 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

If you require my input as a presenter, consultant or speaker on a science-related topic, get in touch!

And if you fancy keeping updated on neuroscience’s latest discoveries you can follow my tweets @drjacklewis