Biography

JackLewisPhDHi there, I’m Jack… welcome to my site. Below is an 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

I was awarded a first class BSc degree in neuroscience by the University of Nottingham back in 2001 and in 2005 I got my PhD from UCL.

In 2010 the Journal of Neuroscience published my post-doctoral research, which I performed during my time at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen (Germany), using fMRI brain imaging to investigate how the human brain integrates sound and vision in perception. A few years later, in 2017, an EEG study I did in collaboration with a professor at Goldsmith’s University was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics.

But over the past ten years I’ve mainly been focused 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), a collection of science stories from my Geek Chic Weird Science podcast by the name of Mice Who Sing For Sex (Little Brown) and my first solo effort: The Science of Sin (Bloomsbury Sigma) which launched in the UK in July, the USA in September and Australia in November 2018.

B is for Broadcaster: I’ve presented many science-related series for BBC, Sky and Discovery. Most recently I did two series called Secrets of the Brain for Insight TV .

C is for consultant: I’ve injected a neuroscience-informed perspective into many projects for a variety of companies across many industry sectors: from Finance to Pharmaceuticals, Technology to Design.

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PODCASTING

I give dozens of keynote talks each year, where I provide neuroscience-inspired tips and tricks that can help us all squeeze more out of our brains and get them firing on all cylinders every day. An overview of the kind of talks I do can be found by clicking here.

For four years I did a fortnightly podcast called Geek Chic’s Weird Science, co-presented with Radio X’s Lliana Bird (I’m the Geek, she’s the Chic!). We discussed 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. This series concluded with our 100th episode so that I could focus on my new YouTube channel (launching in 2019) and Lliana on her beautiful new baby.

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). I’ve also done several corporate presenting jobs for the Electric Car Company, Babcock, Barclays and Setters Safety. Here’s a list of my broadcast credits to date:

  •  BBC
    • Ranganation (Expert Contributer, BBC2, 2019)
    • The Twinstitute (Expert Contributer, BBC1, 2019)
    • Meet the Humans (Expert Contributor, 2 of 5 x 60 mins, BBC Earth, 2017)
    • How to Save £1,000 (Expert Contributor, Watchdog Special, BBC1, 2015)
    • Newsround (Expert Contributor, CBBC, 2014)
    • People Watchers (Presenter, 20 x 60mins, BBC2, 2008)
  • Insight TV (www.insight.tv or Sky channel 564)
  • ITV
    • Titchmarsh Show (Big Debate: How Much Meddling With Mother Nature is Too Much? 2014)
    • 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)
    • How To Get More Sex (Expert Contributor, Liberty Bell, 2009)
  • Channel 4
    • Tony Robinson’s Monsters & Demons (Expert Contributor, Wildfire Productions, 2013)
    • Everything You Need To Know About.. (Expert Contributor, 360 Productions, 2013)
    • Secret Life of Buildings (Expert Contributor, Maverick, 2012)
  • Channel 5
    • Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Expert, Magnum TV, 2016)
    • One Punch Killer (Expert, ITN, 2016)
    • Bad Dads (Expert, ITN, 2016)
    • Britain’s Best Brain (Games Consultant, Endemol, 2010)
  • Sky One
    • Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (Expert Contributor /  live neuroscience demo, 2016)
    • How To Get What You Want (Presenter, 8 x 60mins, 2010)
  •  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 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