• Caffeine Nation – good or bad? by Dr Jack Lewis

    Coffee-BeansWhat Does Caffeine Do To Your Brain?

     As a neuroscientist who spends much of his working life giving brain talks at events all around the country (at schools, conferences and science festivals) I’ve noticed that one theme catches public imagination over and over again: How does caffeine work? What does it do to my brain? How long does it stay in my system? Is it really that bad for me? This is one reason why it became one of the key topics in the “Smart” Drugs chapter of my book: Sort Your Brain Out. In this blog I’ll cover some of the most regularly asked questions.

     

    How long caffeine takes to leave your system?

    It depends what other drugs you’re on. If you’re on the contraceptive pill it can take up to twice as long for your liver to remove caffeine from your system. So people “on the pill” can find themselves particularly sensitive to its effects because consecutive doses stack up and are not cleared out as swiftly as in everyone else. But if you’re a smoker it is the other way around. Caffeine is removed from your system at double the speed of a non-smoker.
    If you’re neither a smoker nor on the contraceptive pill the concentration of caffeine in your bloodstream is halved every 5-6 hours, but it really does depend on the individual as this “half-life” varies greatly from person-to-person.

     

    Is it beneficial to have caffeine before a meeting / presentation / to improve concentration?

    coffee-loverCaffeine blocks the receptors of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine, which under normal circumstances reduces overall activity across the brain. By blocking these receptors and removing the dampening influence on brain activity, caffeine increases activity across brain pathways involved in alertness, focusing attention and initiating body movements. This why people dosed up on caffeine can get quite jittery.
    Whether or not caffeine is beneficial for you in a meeting / presentation or to improve concentration whilst working depends on how much you’ve already had. There’s a sweet spot where you will feel more alert and switched on at moderate levels, but beyond that you can become so wound up that it has effects that are deleterious to performance (see description of caffeinism below).
    However the increase in feelings of alertness and ability to focus attention only gets regular coffee drinkers up to levels enjoyed by non-caffeine drinkers everyday. This is because once you’re a caffeine addict the brain tends to increase the numbers of adenosine receptors to compensate for the fact that there’s loads of caffeine swimming around in your brain on a daily basis. This means that your average coffee drinker has more inhibitory receptors in their brain dampening activity levels to a greater degree – so they will feel more sluggish whenever they don’t have caffeine in their system.

     

    Is caffeine good or bad for you in the long run?

    There seem to be some long-term benefits to drinking caffeine even if the short-term benefits don’t amount to a whole hill of (coffee) beans. It has been observed that regular drinkers of moderate amounts of caffeine (3 cups / day) have a lower incidence of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver and heart diseases. This may be due to the increased numbers of inhibitory receptors triggered by ever-present levels of caffeine dampening activity levels in body and brain. The decreased activity levels across the brain caused by the larger numbers of inhibitory receptors in the caffeine drinkers’ brains may relieve the pressure on dopamine neurons that are compromised in Parkinson’s disease and the acetyl choline neurons that get clogged up with various proteins in Alzheimer’s disease. In other words caffeine seems to slow down the process of cell death so that symptoms of these diseases kick in several years later than in your average non-caffeine drinker. At the moment this mechanism is purely speculative. The jury’s still out on the precise mechanism that might account for these observations, but the evidence supporting the concept of moderate amounts of caffeine having a neuroprotective influence on the brain is steadily increasing.

     

     

    Is it important to control and monitor your caffeine intake?

    CoffeeOnDripA dose of 10g is deadly – 100 cups and a human may well find themselves popping their clogs as a typical cup of brewed coffee contains 100mg of caffeine. (NB you may notice that in the above video from the lovely people at ASAPscience they say 1 cup of coffee has 150mg – presumably they brew it stronger over in Canada :) For the non-coffee drinkers out there here are some average caffeine contents of some other popular drinks. There are 80mg in a can of Red Bull, 75mg in a cup of instant coffee, 50mg in a cup of tea, 30mg in a can of Coca Cola.

    Very high but not deadly doses can lead to a quite severe psychiatric condition known as caffeinism: “which is characterised by restlessness, agitation, excitement, rambling thought and speech, and insomnia.” (Winston et al, 2005). It is important to control and monitor caffeine intake because too much can interfere with appetite, make people anxious or depressed, not to mention the fact that anything that interferes with sleep will have a deleterious effect on the brain. Everyone’s sensitivity to caffeine is slightly different, but if you have trouble sleeping then you’d be well advised to avoid caffeine at least 5-6 hours before bedtime – for your brain’s sake.

    3 cups of coffee per day is considered a “moderate dose” for most people. Get these in early enough to avoid any potential for them to interfere with sleep and you should get the apparent long-term brain benefits without the negative consequences associated with excessive consumption (DISCLAIMER: this should not be interpreted as medical advice – it is just the science-based opinion of the author who has a Ph.D. in neurobiology i.e. not a medical degree!).

     

    I don’t like tea or coffee, are there any other sources of caffeine?

    head in coffee beansCaffeine is also found in kola nut (one of the original ingredients of coca cola) and guarana – a wonder berry from the Brazilian rainforest; it’s also found in low quantities in chocolate. Caffeine is also included as a stimulant in many cold and flu remedies – so beware what you reach for when you wake up in the middle of the night with a bunged up nose!

    By the way: if you study the picture on the left very carefully you’ll find a face amongst the coffee beans – can you find it?

    Keep looking… he’s definitely there and you’ll kick yourself for doubting me when you find him!!

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  • Why Do People Litter? by Dr Jack Lewis

    Parks and open spaces improve health and quality of life by incentivising people to get out and take some exercise, which is extremely good for brain health. Just being within eye shot of some greenery can accelerate healing – so even if you can’t get outside, all you need is a room with a view! If it wasn’t for the armies of parkies and council cleaning staff who clean up after members of the public who routinely leave their litter behind, these green spaces would soon become the last place you would want to spend your spare time. The question is: why do people leave their litter behind for somebody else to clear up in the first place?

    All human behaviours are governed, more-or-less, by the brain’s predictions of reward and punishment. We are subconsciously guided towards actions that maximise rewards whilst minimising punishments. The pleasure pathways of the brain, in particular the nucleus accumbens, are involved in attaching a reward prediction to a certain course of action based on past experience. Drinking water when thirsty or eating food when hungry are examples of behaviours hardwired to produce powerful sensations of pleasure because they help to keep us alive. However the sense of pleasure that people get from putting rubbish in the bin is not innate, like drinking and eating, but instead it must be learned.

    Nonetheless, even in the absence of a sense of reward from putting rubbish in the bin, if littering is consistently punished then that too can steer people away from anti-social and towards pro-social behaviours. Whilst most parents are still apt to discipline their children for littering, which provides valuable experience of the punishments that follow such anti-social behaviour, parents aren’t always around. In the past adults felt at liberty to scold, or even physically punish, any child that they happened to see dropping litter, but in the modern climate of political correctness this has become a thing of the past. Young people no longer learn that punishment reliably follows the act of dropping litter and so their brains do not generate the sense of discomfort, anxiety or unease (generated, if you’re interested, by the anterior insula) that would precede acts of anti-social behaviour that they know through experience is likely to be punished. So in the absence of any negative emotions associated with the act of littering, nor positive emotions associated with the act of putting litter in the bin, rubbish ends up being lobbed around willy nilly, even when a bin is conveniently located just a few steps away.

    DontMessWhen children are brought up with a strong sense of social responsibility then in later life they may get sensations of what might be called “righteous” pleasure from doing the “right thing.” The point is that to get a feeling of satisfaction from performing pro-social behaviours you must have been trained over prolonged periods of time by parents, carers, teachers and/or peers in order to get a kick out of it. If society wants to encourage pro-social behaviours we’ve either got to praise young people more for putting litter in the bin, or make them very uncomfortable when they just drop it for someone else to deal with. Or, take a leaf out of the Texan’s book. They had great success in reducing littering on the highway (after many years of failure with several different approaches) by adopting a campaign that would appeal to young men’s sense of pride and bravado (see left).

    A fascinating study, again from the journal Science (Keizer et al, 2008), indicates that evidence of other people’s antisocial behaviour can make others more likely to be antisocial themselves. This would suggest that the problem with litter goes beyond just rubbish on the streets and in our parks. In one of their experiments they demonstrated that environments in which anti-social behaviour was evident, e.g. litter strewn around on the pavement, graffitti sprayed on the walls or fire crackers set off in the background, not only makes people more likely to litter themselves, but also to commit more serious anti-social behaviours like theft. It seems that people modulate their own behaviour according to cues regarding the degree of anti-social behaviours committed by others. So if you really want to stop other people dropping litter, you might consider reducing the evidence of other people’s anti-social behaviour by picking it up yourself!

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  • How Virtual Environments Shape Your Brain by Dr Jack Lewis

    London_Black_Cab wikiComAny environment in which we immerse ourselves on a daily basis will eventually induce changes in the very fabric of our brains. This observation is based on brain scanning experiments investigating the brains of taxi drivers and professional musicians before and after they have acquired their expertise. Intensive training over many months and years physically changes the size of the hippocampus and motor hand area of these individuals, respectively. This occurs as a direct result of repeatedly challenging the brain to perform specific tasks, navigating around London in the first instance and manipulating an instrument to emit the desired sounds in the second, so that the connectivity between areas involved in executing that task is improved. This occurs at the flick of a few genetic switches that increases the number of synapses across which one neuronal brain wire influences the next in line in pathways that are used often and intensively. It seems reasonable to assume that any cognitive capacity that we regularly use over long periods of time will have a similar impact via the same mechanism.

    VR wikiComIn the past I’ve written about our incredible aptitude for using tools to manipulate our environment. One of the best examples of recent human ingenuity in this regard are the virtual environments we have created – video games, internet, online social networking and the like. Millions of people are immersed in such virtual environments intensively, regularly and consistently over extended periods of time, exactly the pre-requisites for interaction that drives brain changes; occurring whether the environment in question is real or virtual. I’ve written previously about the potential impact of this on the adolescent brain but, of course, adult brains also adapt to the demands of any virtual environments they may be regularly immersed in too, albeit at a reduced rate.

    Cell_phone_use_while_driving wikiComThese brain changes occur for better or for worse. Adults who engage in intensive action video gaming for endless hours slowly but surely begin to accumulate cognitive improvements, namely enhancements in certain aspects of vision, memory and rapid decision-making. On the other hand, those who automatically respond to any bleep, buzz or vibration from their laptop or smartphone appear to be training themselves into a state of constant distraction. A recent study has suggested that so-called heavy media multi-taskers are gradually losing their capacity to block out distractions, an unintended consequence of “dual screening” behaviours like surfing the internet and responding to electronic messages whilst watching television.

    My message is simple. Technology is neither good or bad, it’s all about how you choose to use it. Stopping to contemplate your habits when it comes to using technology and considering whether the likely changes to your brain will serve you well or badly, might be advisable. Evidence is currently quite sparse, but rapidly accumulating. Just bear in mind the rule of thumb that anything you do intensively, daily, for months on end has the potential to re-wire your brain to perform that task more efficiently. Some behaviours honed in this way do not always serve your best interests when operating in the real world.

    porn_star wikiComreport hit the press this week describing as yet unpublished brain data from Cambridge University demonstrating that people addicted to internet pornography show a heightened sensitivity in the reward pathways (specifically in the ventral striatum) when exposed to sexually explicit images. Results were not dissimilar to that observed in the brains of alcoholics and illicit drug addicts when viewing images of the target of their addiction. How might this hypersensitivity to pornography have developed? I’m sure you can guess what’s coming next… by viewing pornographic images with great scrutiny, regularly and over periods of months if not years – pleasurable sexual responses have become honed to whatever stimuli have been encountered in the virtual environments with which they are regularly immersed.

    brain that changes itselfMy concern is the impact that such outcomes of neuroplasticity might have on people’s real life behaviours. Could it be ruining people’s real life sex lives? The anecdotal evidence presented in Norman Doidge’s excellent book: “The Brain That Changes Itself” certainly backs up this notion. From the perspective of basic neuroscience it also seems likely. Once a brain is trained to respond in a manner that results in feelings of pleasure when viewing hyper-sexual body shapes performing wild and gratuitous sex acts, it is likely that less powerful sexual images – a real life sexual partner, for instance – no longer hit the spot. Given how much of a boost a healthy active sex life gives to real romantic relationships it seems a real shame (if not a blight to wellbeing in society as a whole) that sexual relationships might be harmed by unconstrained consumption of pornography.

    Quiet carriageI’m not an advocate of censorship. It doesn’t work anyway. I believe in freedom of informed choice. I am an advocate of encouraging people to think carefully about what their habitual behaviours might be doing to their brains from the perspective of neuroplasticity. This I hope will enable them to make choices that benefit them in the long run as well as in the short term. Carving out periods of the day when emails are ignored and phones switched to silent will preserve the ability to sustain attention, engage in deep thought and enable people to remain the master rather than slave of technology. And actively avoiding indulging in online pornography on a daily basis might help people to evade brain adaptations that set the bar of satisfaction ever higher so that the real thing can maintain its lustre. “Everything in moderation” will steer us all clear of unwanted brain adaptations.

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  • Brain Book Reading List for 2013

    Every single day of my life starts with a 20-30 min read in the bath. I call it going back to the womb. Just prior to crinkle o’clock I emerge wide awake, refreshed, head brimming with pearls of scientific wisdom.

    I’ve found that regular consumption of popular science books stimulates my own thinking. Furthermore, I’ve found that having a few books on the go at the same time can enable a beautiful thing to occur. That delicious coincidence when you can draw together themes and concepts from completely different fields: fact and fiction/ science and art, opposite sides of the spectrum, that nonetheless all share a common thread. The moment of realisation, when connecting the dots is totally effortless, can be extremely intellectually rewarding and is promoted by having more than one book on the boil at any one time.

    So anyway, I get through a fair few books. In fact I stumble across excellent tomes at a rate that far exceeds the time I have to review them. So now I’m going to take the opportunity to briefly review 5 in one go. I felt immensely enriched by the broad knowledge base these great writers accumulated over several decades and brought together in each and every one of these books.

    Lifelines by Steven Rose

    LifelinesI’m choosing this one to top the list largely because I recently hosted a post-film Q&A after the film screening of a great neuroscience themed play called “Broken Bridges, Stunted Trees” put together by the OneKX crew. On the panel of this particular audience discussion, along with several other distinguished guests, was Prof Steven Rose himself. A man who “retired into full time research” in 1999 having been the Open University’s Head of Biology for three full decades!

    Every now and then I have the opportunity to thank an author for fundamentally altering my thinking about a subject very close to my heart. LIFELINES truly changed the way I think about biology. When I thanked Prof Rose for writing LIFELINES he was chuffed as it was a book felt particularly proud of when he finished it back in 1997. And I can see why.

    I loved biology throughout secondary school and have specialised in neurobiology at university and beyond. But it wasn’t until I read LIFELINES that I realised biology is not about nature and it’s not about nurture, but a jaunty waltz between the two. You simply cannot consider one in isolation of the other. Evidence of the cyclical interplay between genes and environment abounds in this wonderful book.

    Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

    imagineThere’s something magical to me about the way Jonah Lehrer writes. I’ve reviewed one of his books before: The Decisive Moment a.k.a. Why We Buy – was also extremely well written. I find his writing extremely compelling. He never labours the point too much. And so reading what he has conjured up in IMAGINE  is effortless. He has a great knack for finding great stories to tell that really bring the scientific research to life by placing it in a familiar context. In IMAGINE he collates the latest research investigating how human brains do creativity and the types of environment that do and don’t foster it. He intertwines this science with genuinely fascinating anecdotes describing milestones in the creation of many products that we have all had experience of in some way, shape or form.

    For the insights into how the most innovative companies in the creative industries stoke creativity so effectively alone it would still be in this list. These beautifully written, fact laden, tales of creativity-in-action are insightful, useful and have great retell value. Creative people will probably recognise some of the strategies already. Indeed, many people stumble on these behaviours going solo, through trial and error. Yet what lies between the covers of this particular book are all the effective strategies in one place, along with a little de-bunking of the common misunderstandings for good measure.

    Better Than Human by Allen Buchanan

    Better than HumanI’ve written articles about smart drugs and prosthetic devices in the past. This book is all about the long term ethical implications of both. Often neuroethics books are so dense with information that the reading of it can be really tough going. This isn’t one of those books that leaves you drowning in confusing terminology. On the contrary, it is an extremely easy read, conversational almost, yet it makes complex concepts crystal clear. It really makes you think hard about the powerful impact differences in access to technology have on the lives of various groups of people around the globe. But this isn’t just about any old technology, this is a new technology fit for the 21st century – technology that enhances your brain, boosting it’s capacities, going beyond good – BETTER THAN HUMAN.

    It even explains why neuroethics is important. If you’re wondering – t’s important because current innovations in neuroscience could, in a very short time, fundamentally change human life on earth. Now you don’t want to get that kind of thing wrong. Once something has been invented, it cannot be uninvented. Neuroethics helps to establish what kind of research should be on and off limits. And if someone’s going to invent it anyway – what in the world are we do about it? BETTER THAN HUMAN make me glad that wise men and women have been thinking this all through, calmly and clearly, future gazing looking out for problems on the horizon. They predict which technologies are likely to come to fruition and identify solutions to certain potential problems before they happen. This book makes all this potentially foxing information very digestible, it brings the fruit all that experts’ deliberations to the table in finger bowls. A light meal of neural sustenance. Most importantly, it leaves the readers’ eyes wide open to the broader issues that may well face society in the  not-too-distant future if the “haves” get all the benefits of technological enhancement whilst the “have nots” get left behind. Society needs to close the gap between rich and poor, not widen it – for everyone’s sake.

    The Social Conquest of Earth by E. O. Wilson

    Social Conquest of EarthDrugs, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond was the first book that boggled my mind in terms of the staggering breadth and width of knowledge that was drawn upon to tell the story of how we got where we are. The trajectory of mankind’s development through the ages was plotted via compelling accounts drawing from evolution, palaeontology, archaeology, natural history, anthropology and modern science to explain how the global power balance is skewed, for the time being at least, towards “western” countries. E.O. Wilson’s book THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH takes an equally broad perspective on how in the world we came to be the most dominant creature on planet earth out of billions of species. The depth and breadth of E. O. Wilson’s knowledge is staggering. His ability to boil such a diverse spectrum of information down into punchy little chapters is remarkable. His understandable desire to draw parallels between human and insect social behaviour/evolution can, I must admit, become tiresome. Particularly when he digs down into real detail, presumably to settle a score with academic competitors, of insect behaviour. However for me, as a person obsessed with the human brain, by skim reading the dense passages of entomology and slowing down when the discourse becomes mammalian centred again – I found this to be, overall, a great read. Wilson consistently manages to condense the debate down to meaty little mouthfuls of insight regarding what our ancestors had to go through to survive / evolve into us. And the insect stuff really does add some context, despite being too detailed for my tastes in many place. As for the non-insect heavy chapters, every page is a pleasure due to a clear effort to cut back all but the most relevant information required to make his deeply insightful points.

    Decoded by Phil Barden

    DecodedThis is the most accurate and coherent account of how neuroscience and psychology can contribute to marketing that I have read to date. Phil Barden has over twenty years experience in the marketing world, having worked for some of the world’s largest and most influential firms. In DECODED he explains, with great clarity, insights that he and the team of scientists he works alongside have brought to their clients’ attention that have helped them communicate more effectively with their customers. Many books aimed at this market – like Martin Lindstrom’s “Buyology” and AK Pradeep’s “Buying Brain” have a distinct tendency to veer into the realms of wildly over-inflated claims. More sales than substance. DECODED is a book of substance. It does it’s job of clearly communicating various ways in which marketing can gain extra leverage on the basis of properly executed science.

    Even if you have no interest whatsoever in marketing you should still read this book. Why? Well I think that if a person wishes to protect themselves against increasingly influential marketing ploys, then surely a book that takes you through the favoured tactics may be very helpful in terms of facilitating the process of dreaming up countermeasures? When a consumer becomes aware of that tactics being used, whether in the context of TV / radio / billboard ads, or shop floor merchandising and promotions, merely spotting them can defuse their potency. Stopping briefly to contemplate  what that particular message is designed to get you to do can be very empowering. Rather than just allowing it to happen you can take a stand, be determined not to give in to the path of least resistance and take steps to evade falling into those psychological traps.

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  • Hang Onto Your Marbles by Dr Jack Lewis

    why did I come into the bathroomAs we progress through life we  inevitably find ourselves becoming increasingly forgetful. It is not as if bouts of forgetfulness never occurred when we were younger. It’s just that it begins to happen more and more frequently – to the point where it becomes much more noticeable; even troublesome . From our mid-twenties onwards we lose more neurons (brain wires) and synapses (connections between the brain wires) than we build. The long term end point of this perfectly natural, gradual process of brain aging is dementia. By which I mean if we all lived to the impossibly grand old age of 200, every single one of us would have developed dementia of one description or another along the way. In reality very few of us will even make it to the grand old age of 100, let alone 200. Of those that do, not everyone will have become plunged into the amnesic fog of dementia. So what is the difference between individuals that do and don’t develop dementia well into their senior years? Is it blind luck? Or is there something we can do to lengthen our dementia-free status?

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  • Game Review: “MORE Brain Training” on the Nintendo DS

    More-Brain-Training-from-Dr-Kawashima-How-Old-Is-Your-Brain-DS-_I reviewed the first Brain Training title on the Nintendo DS a couple of years ago and, to be perfectly honest, the sequel “MORE Brain Training” a.k.a. “Brain Age 2″ is not a great deal different. Dr Kawashima’s floating head is still there in its chunky pixelated glory; guiding, encouraging and chiding you throughout. Even the constant repetition that X, Y or Z game is “great for giving your prefrontal cortex a good work” out is also ever-present. I had hoped he’d get a bit more specific about which task was working out which part of the prefrontal cortex in this sequel. Especially given that, if the crinkly outer surface of the brain was increased to the size of planet earth, the prefrontal cortex would cover an area the size of North and South America put together (at least!).  Still there are a few new games, many of which bear a striking resemblance to the old ones, some are plain dull, but others really quite novel / clever. Overall I would say it is a bit tougher on the old synapses than the predecessor; which is a good thing…

    Brain Test BritainYou may be aware of fierce debate going on about the effectiveness of these games when it comes to positively influencing cognitive abilities that have:

    • a long term impact
    • that goes beyond improved performance on the specific games being played to other cognitive functions useful in daily life

    I would argue that, purely in terms of short-term arousal (Steady! In your brain.. not your pants), it is really quite effective. Based on personal experience I have found that 10-15 minutes spent taxing various mental abilities with the higher levels of any of these games is a more effective way of getting going in the morning than a slug of strong coffee. So even if the evidence does not mount up to support the claims of Lumosity, Cognifit and Torkel Klingberg regarding long term cognitive benefits for everyday people that might help them in their daily life, I think it would be pretty hard to refute the claim that challenging your brain to solve a few puzzles first thing in the morning can really help you hit the ground running each and every day.

    running raceAnyway, I digress (again). What I like about Brain Age 2 is that it is really hard; punishingly hard at times. In one game you have to keep track of a stickman’s position in a running race as other runners are overtaken / overtake you. In another your task is to keep track of blocks that pile up on each other as they fall behind a screen recalling the height of one particular column. Both are good solid working memory training games (and thus have the best potential to boost IQ; read this book for full explanation) and have a nice progression to them in that they start easy on the earlier levels, build the difficulty gradually, but soon end up challenging even the sharpest of brains.

    correct changeOther new games are not so challenging. “Days and Dates” and “Correct Change” are clearly built with the aim of developing cognitive skills that have an obvious practical application in everyday life. I suspect these might have been included to address criticisms leveled at the brain training market by suggesting that the games only help people get better at the specific task being tackled. Either way, figuring out what the day was 4 days after 2 days ago, or figuring out the correct coins to give as change if a £/€/$1.40 bill was paid with a ten pound/euro/dollar note, are a pretty dull ways to pass the time, if you ask me.

    missing symbols“Missing symbols” – adding the appropriate plus, minus, multiplication or division sign to make the sum work – verges on the dull, but the speed element keeps it challenging. You can always go faster. “Memory addition” takes mental arithmetic to the next level by having to perform a calculation but then keep one of the numbers in mind to use it in the next sum. I must admit to hissing the to-be-remembered number under my breath (recruiting the “phonological loop” aspect of working memory) so as not to get confused with the correct answer for the current sum. “Word Scramble” is cute. Solving an anagram where the letters are not just shuffled but are presented in a ring that slowly rotates. Surprisingly tough, particularly with the longer letter strings!

    masterpiece recitalAnyone who has read my review of Beat City will know I am a fan of games that involve making music. So it will come as no surprise that I think “Masterpiece Recital” is brilliant. A little bit pointless for people that actually play the piano, but great for the rest of us. You have to hit the right note on a piano keyboard as the musical score scrolls past. And you don’t have to be able to read music as it labels both the keyboard and the music notation with the appropriate letter (see left). The reason I found it so satisfying is because in the later levels the tunes are really beautiful pieces of classical music (and I’m no classical music buff, that’s for sure) plus the accompanying backing music makes even the most amateurish efforts  sound pretty good; even if you’re a bit late hitting the notes. You get marked down for this at the end, but whilst you’re in the game it very enjoyable to feel like you are actually creating such pretty music.

    Word Blend“Word Blend” is a good idea, but poorly executed. It’s loosely based on the dichotic listening test (usually different information is presented to each ear) – straight out of the psychology textbooks – whereby 2 or 3 voices simultaneously say a single word and your job is to recognize the words and write them down. Personally I just found this game irritating. Despite having the option of hearing them repeat it five times or so (but you only score points for words identified without hitting the repeat button) it can sometimes be quite impossible (for me at least) to hear one voice over the other. I suspect it is the fault of the game rather than the player because there was no improvement. So I’m either acoustically challenged, or this particular game is a bit crap.

    woman who changed her brainThe game I liked the most, despite upon first encountering it that it was a bit remedial, is a game that seemed to be inspired by exercises developed to help people overcome learning disabilities. “Determine The Time” is reminiscent of an cognitive development technique invented by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young (whose book: “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain” is as amazing as it is inspirational). She developed this simple clock reading task, first to help overcome her own difficulties learning relationships between symbols (like the relationship between the big hand and little hand of a clock) and then started to roll it out as an entry level exercise for kids and adults with learning disabilities (making a dazzling impact on improving their cognitive abilities).

    determine the timeIt quite literally involves reading the time of a clock, but the twist in this particular game is that the clockface is rotated. This requires you to do a “mental rotation task” – imagining in your mind’s eye what the clock would look like if it was the right way up – so that you can give the right answer. Such spatial rotation tasks stimulate the parietal cortex (finally something that benefits a brain area other than the prefrontal cortex!!) and, presumably, improvements in these mental rotation tasks will enable the parietal cortex to manipulate all sorts of other information in space.

    einsteins brainIncidentally, Einstein’s brain had a larger-than-normal parietal cortex and, given that this lobe is also critically involved in mathematical abilities, it is thought to account (in part at least) for his tremendous contributions to physics. As well as rotating the clock in the harder levels Dr K becomes particularly devious by mirror reflecting the images as well. So your parietal cortex has to perform two sequential transformations reflecting it back and then rotating it the right way up again. It is a very simple idea, but genuinely, in my opinion, a tremendous work out for the parietal cortex.

    Acknowledgement/Disclaimer:

    I am aware that so far the brain games I’ve reviewed are all on the Nintendo DS.  I am also conscious that it may seem that I am in some way biased in favour of the Nintendo DS. Both are perfectly reasonable observations. For the record the true reasons that, so far, I have only reviewed titles on the Nintendo DS are quite simply that a) I happen to own one, b) positive outcomes from brain training is only possible if you play it regularly and intensively and c) the smartphone I happen to own is not optimized for gameplay.

    Convenience Lends Itself To Regular Training:

    For brain training to have even the slightest chance to yield genuine benefits it must be undertaken regularly, intensely and for long periods of time. In my opinion convenience is therefore a prerequisite of any good brain training game, thus I favour options that enable people to fill dead time in their daily routine with gameplay wherever they happen to be. I am aware that there are many home computer-based brain training games but as I personally feel that when I’m at my computer I should be working, not playing games – I suspect others feel the same way. This is why I haven’t reviewed the various online brain training offerings, instead focusing on those that enable you to brain train on the move. Not only is the Nintendo DS extremely portable and therefore convenient, I also happen to own one, so it is currently my device of choice for gameplay on the move (the only time I personally get the chance to get stuck in).

    Why No Smartphone Based Brain Training Reviews?:

    I’ve been using a Blackberry for the last few years purely for the slideout keyboard which enables me to type without looking at the buttons. Once I’ve got over my distaste for touchscreen smartphone technology (I’m nearly there) I’ll start reviewing iOS / Android brain games. In light of this avowed intent I would be grateful if anybody out there would suggest any games marketed as Brain Training so I can give them the once over (rather than leaving a comment please drop me an email by clicking here instead).

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  • Gyms of the Future – Good for Body, Good for Brain by Dr Jack Lewis

    healthy brainExercise is good for health, we all know that. That said it is also clear that the whole world is utterly fixated on the benefits to the body. The considerable benefits of physical exercise for the brain are invariably overlooked. As proof of these benefits continues to trickle in and the exact mechanisms by which exercise improves brain function gradually makes itself apparent, I’m guessing we’ll find ourselves increasingly inclined to take regular exercise for our brain’s sake. This article reveals insights from a recent report I wrote about why using high tempo music can naturally stimulate the brain to help you exercise harder with a lesser perception of exertion. I also argue that we might as well further enhance this effect by distracting ourselves with on screen activities that give the brain a work out whilst we’re at it.

    lactic 1When it comes to keeping motivated in the gym, the name of the game is distraction from the discomfort caused by lactic acid building up in the muscles when the capacity of aerobic exercise is exceeded and anaerobic metabolism takes over (releasing energy without oxygen). If you are not distracted, each minute of moderately intensive exercise can seem to take an age to tick by. If, on the other hand, your mind is elsewhere, then the minutes can fly by and you can clock up a decent amount of time doing continuous exercise without really noticing the burn in your muscles so much. The bottom line is: if the brain’s attentional resources are focused intently on something in the outside world – listening to upbeat music or watching an engaging TV programme, for instance –  then it limits the amount of brain resources available for sensing what is going in inside your body. This results in a decrease in “perception of exertion” for any given workout as a direct consequence and boosts your mood (so long as it’s music that suits your personal tastes).

    CountdownI gave a talk at last year’s Fitness Industry Association annual conference in Rotherham’s amazing MAGNA Centre (ex-steel works) where I suggested that if people work out harder when their mind is elsewhere – why not go for a double whammy and actually give them some brain teasers to do to as the distraction from the pain associated with moderately intense exercise? All it would take is to have one of the screens in the cardio section of any gym displaying a series of number / word / logic puzzles.

    This vision was inspired by my own experience of playing along with Channel 4’s Countdown whilst pounding the treadmill – I completely lost track of time and clocked up a much longer-than-normal running session (for the benefit of non-UK citizens: Countdown is a British game show where a pair of contestants must create the longest word possible from a sequence of 9 randomly selected letters and a bit of mental arithmetic with randomly selected numbers). I did this three times a week and within a month I was regularly able to find words as long as those found by the on-screen contestants.

    basal_gangliaLast month, brain & fitness became the hot topic yet again when I was unexpectedly commissioned to write a report on the evidence for and against the anecdotal observation that fast tempo music seems to do something to the brain which enables people to get more out of their workout. Part of the effect boils down to plain old distraction, as discussed above. But delving deeper into the neuroscience literature revealed that whenever the brain perceives a regular beat, the basal ganglia become activated, increasing the amount of connectivity between other brain areas: those involved in creating the sound of music (auditory cortex) with those that trigger bodily movements (motor cortex).

    The basal ganglia are the brain structures that are compromised in Parkinson’s disease, which involves difficulty initiating movements, resulting in a shuffling gait and jerky limb control. So with this in mind the responsiveness of the basal ganglia to a music beat is a likely mechanism through which the sounds impact upon exercise to produce the “ergogenic” properties.

    swimming to musicThese ergogenic properties of music, particularly effective in the 162-168 bpm range, enable people to exercise faster, stronger, harder and for longer whether they are running, doing weights, cycling, circuits and even swimming. If the part of the brain involved in initiating movements (basal ganglia) is responsive to the beat, then when that beat is rapid, the muscles of the body are presumably primed to match the pace set by that beat. Creating an exercise playlist where successive tunes gradually increase the tempo should allow you to enjoy a harder work out but with a reduced perception of exertion. More gain for less pain!

    To find out the bpm of your favourite tunes I would recommend using this free, simple, but ingenious, web resource: BeatFinder. Just position your cursor over the big red button and then click along in time with the beat of the tune.

    Catch me on Twitter to hear of amazing breakthroughs in brain research every day.

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  • A Year of BrainTweets – Which is Your Favourite from 2012? by Dr Jack Lewis

    There is an awful lot of fascinating information out there on the internet. But, as we have all experienced, there is also a load of old rubbish to wade through before those nuggets of wisdom come to light. And, in this age of information overload, filtering through the nonsense can be an extremely aggravating experience. Worse still is content that seems, at first glance to be reliable, but in actual fact is merely propagating uninformed opinion, urban myths or dishonest propaganda.

    Social networking sites like Twitter are, in my opinion, a great first step in separating the wheat from the chaff. By following individuals who seem to know their onions, one can monitor those comments that they feel worthy of bothering the Twitter-sphere with for consistency, accuracy and relevance. Better still you might do some research to ensure that they have sufficient experience for their insights to be deemed trustworthy. When a twitterer proves themselves to be a bit of a twot, you can simply unfollow them. When a twitterer proves themselves to be a font of fantastic information you may even go out of your way to visit their twitter page every so often to see what has been getting them excited in recent times.

    A few years ago I decided to go a step further and create the hashtag (#) theme “#braintweet.” Anything that I tweeted with the #braintweet label is a grain of brain-related wheat, in the form of a news article, abstract, insight or quote, that I have taken it upon myself to sort from the chaff. Usually these are newspaper articles reporting neuroscience research to the world at large and which only earn the #braintweet seal of approval when my 16 years of experience studying the brain tells me that the reporter has done their due diligence with research and has understood what they have read well enough to report it accurately, concisely and compellingly.

    I had hoped that others would join me in using the #braintweet theme to label articles, blogs and reports that are worthy of this seal of approval, but it didn’t catch on and after 3 years I’ve decided to switch the tag to #neuroformed short for neuroscience-informed insights. If you wish to keep track of my thrice daily offerings you can follow me on twitter by clicking here.

    Even if you steadfastly refuse to join the fad you can still visit www.twitter.com and either search for @DrJackLewis or the theme “#braintweet” to read the latest brain news filtered by a neuroscientist who has devoted his life to making the breakthroughs in neuroscience understandable and accessible for all.

    In the meantime, please find below a year’s worth of #braintweet action to whet your appetite…

    5 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis fMRI neurofeedback training enables people to enhance their visual perception: http://bit.ly/TOKVvE  #braintweet #neuroscience #BeATen #In

    5 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis I wrote an article about #smartdrugs for the huffington post…if you’re interested: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jack-k-lewis  #bbcscienceclub #braintweet

    4 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis Stroke deficits cured with surgery that goes in through groin to reach blood clot in brain: http://bit.ly/11tze3O  #braintweet #neurosurgery

    4 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis “Our..conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability2ignore our ignorance” Kahneman, 2011 #braintweet

    4 Dec Marsha Lucas, PhD ‏@DrMarsha Sex tip of the day: Learning how to meditate can boost your sex drive – http://ow.ly/fLDrl Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    4 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)  ‏@DrJackLewis Elderly people prone to scamming because their anterior insula doesn’t produce “gut feelings” of suspicion: http://reut.rs/R264qI  #braintweet

    3 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) @DrJackLewis Currently, severe uncontrolled #epilepsy is treated by removing offending area;soon it may just by cooled: http://bit.ly/Yovthn  #braintweet

    3 Dec Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey A meta-analytic review of the long-term negative consequences of spanking and corporal punishment http://bit.ly/QBVoh5  – Effect is minimal!!

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    3 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)  ‏@DrJackLewis Superior intelligence and mental illness from the same genetic origins: http://bit.ly/SqnYQQ  #braintweet #neuroscience # psychology #madness

    30 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis MRI of babies moving around in womb = real insight into what mums endure during pregnancy: http://dlvr.it/2YtHMf  #notabraintweet #motherhood

    30 Nov Brain Science new ‏@BrainSciencenew Video of MRI scan shows twins appearing to fight in the womb – New York Daily News http://dlvr.it/2YtHMf Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    30 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis This is why your brain feels foggy when you undergo chemotherapy: http://on.webmd.com/Yd2eOi  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #cancer #In

    30 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis Ain’t gonna be no cyborgs without much more of this..engineering 3D brain tissue: http://bit.ly/V9Sqz0  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    30 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis IT HAS BEGUN: Virtual brain “sees” numbers “adds” them up & “writes” down answer: http://bit.ly/St0cEZ  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    29 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis Testosterone patch significantly reduces incidence of lying in men: http://1.usa.gov/11jGQF0  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #BeATen #In

    29 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis Studying war wounded gave us insights into brain’s functional specialisation ~100yrs ago: http://usat.ly/U4oTnp  #braintweet #neuroscience

    29 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Synchronise rhythms of your brain with those of a friend – pick up an instrument and jam: http://bit.ly/X38M0F  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Nov Alejandro Salgado M Alejandro Salgado M ‏@tiempoasm

    A great article The behavioral pharmacology of hallucinogens http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2247373/ … #pharmacology #behavior #brain #hallucinogens

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) @DrJackLewis

    If you want to increase levels of growth hormone to get those stem cells making new neurons – go for a run: http://bit.ly/V80rTg  #braintweet

    28 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)  ‏@DrJackLewis

    Feeling down? Focus on improving your sleep (improves most psychiatric symptoms): http://bit.ly/RZJOZQ  #braintweet #psychology #BeATen #In

    28 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)  ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain’s modular organisation gives Kurzweil hope of reverse-engineering human brain *soon*: http://bit.ly/TsOxab  #braintweet #neuroscience

    28 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) @DrJackLewis

    fMRI data used to identify when person thinks of certain word, regardless of language used: http://bit.ly/U3LaGt  #braintweet #neuroscience

    27 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) @DrJackLewis

    Tantalising similarities between growth of brains,social networks & the universe: http://huff.to/Tq3KJc  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    27 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)  ‏@DrJackLewis

    Difficulties with measuring true as opposed to apparent influence in the digital world: http://tcrn.ch/SSko2V  #notabraintweet #In

    27 Nov Scientific American Scientific American ‏@sciam

    Psychology Uncovers Sex Appeal of Dark Personalities http://bit.ly/10NJoMm

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    27 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Same brain areas engaged during reading regardless of which language is read: http://bit.ly/TZwsvv  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    27 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    White matter connectivity in old age seems to be bolstered by the gentlest of cognitive activities: http://bit.ly/SinSMs  #braintweet #BeATen

    26 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Keeping the brain in mind when you’re food shopping for you and your kids: http://bit.ly/TpDqhb  #braintweet #neuroscience #BeATen #In

    26 Nov Neuropsychology Neuropsychology ‏@neuropsychblog

    If you are a student of the neurosciences or of psychology, then you might be interested in my blog: BrainBlog: http://neuropsychological.blogspot.com/  Enjoy!

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    26 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Evidence that white matter adaptation might mitigate symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury: http://bit.ly/V1fTRf  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Nov Psychology News Psychology News ‏@PsychologyNow

    Study Explores Infants’ Skills And Abilities: Infants seem to develop at an astoundingly rapid… http://bit.ly/WQCGoD  #psychology #news

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    26 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    SMOKING KILLS (your brain): http://bbc.in/V71993  Anything that clogs arteries does so in the brain too #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    23 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Prevalence of neuromyths amongst teachers: http://bit.ly/QyWmvz  which I do my best to correct: http://bit.ly/zj8ndl  #braintweet #braincoach

    23 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain-controlled model helicopter goes into production – my guess is manoeuvers will be highly limited ;-) http://bit.ly/RXi61h  #braintweet

    23 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Foetuses yawning in womb thought to be related (somehow) to brain development: http://cbsn.ws/UhtVBA  #braintweet #neuroscience

    22 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Getting motivated boils down to three things: autonomy, value and competence: http://bit.ly/ThlqGH  #braintweet #psychology #BeATen #In

    22 Nov Psychiatric Times Psychiatric Times ‏@PsychTimes

    Ketamine-Induced Optimism: New Hope for the Development of Rapid-Acting Antidepressants http://ow.ly/fpxtR  http://fb.me/1GtnsR05L

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    22 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Focus shift: colour to orientation = rhythmic oscillations that amplify/supress different sets of neurons: http://bit.ly/TR4C4H  #braintweet

    22 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New computer chips go back to analogue to create “neuromorphic” circuits inspired by neuronal design: http://bit.ly/UYFBeP  #braintweet #tech

    21 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Pilot study indicates promise for novel therapy of tones derived from brain EEG played back to insomniacs: http://bit.ly/XA6iba  #braintweet

    20 Nov Noah Gray Noah Gray ‏@noahWG

    Assigning a cog task to a particular brain area is like assigning A440 to a particular clarinetist in a symphony just because she played it.

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    20 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @checkdisout … I did mean it as a compliment. Interesting that your comments triggered an outpouring of love for Berlin (I prefer Hamburg)

    20 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Influence of digital technology on development of adolescent brains: http://bit.ly/Teh1mV  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    20 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It’s not just humans that suffer mid-life crises – our primate cousins are also prone: http://bit.ly/10gXG6T  #braintweet #psychology

    20 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It’s not just humans that suffer mid-life crises – our primate cousins also go through a dip: http://bit.ly/QsEUsR  #braintweet #psychology

    20 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Taking principle of bugs in perception and applying them to difficulties in human interaction: http://bit.ly/QW4Z3f  #braintweet #psychology

    20 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    IBM computer that mimcks the human brain more closely than ever before: http://bit.ly/SLW9k2  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #tech #In

    19 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Feeling down? Well stop staring at your bright TV/computer screen until late at night for starters: http://bit.ly/UQegeu  #braintweet #BeATen

    19 Nov 99U 99U ‏@99u

    How Rejection Breeds Creativity http://bit.ly/WpcLnR

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    19 Nov Cambridge Psychiatry Cambridge Psychiatry ‏@psychiatry_ucam

    Fast-tracking #dementia diagnosis with technology developed by Prof Sahakian at the Dept Psychiatry via @Cambridge_Uni http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/fast-tracking-dementia-diagnosis/#.UKowLO2_P-o.twitter …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    19 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Evidence 2 suggest that oxytocin promotes fidelity in committed monogamous human relationships: http://bit.ly/U8wHaj  #braintweet #psychology

    19 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Prosthetic arms controlled by brain implant are moving more and more like the real thing: http://bit.ly/UCcnfq  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Computer gaming w/ motion sensors + electrical stimulation of right parietal =improved maths: http://bit.ly/Sw6Fvs  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Pregnant mums should take care to keep VitC levels up for sake of their kid’s hippocampus: http://bit.ly/Xfn6UC  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Nov David Nutt David Nutt ‏@ProfDavidNutt

    Find out how I think drug law hampers research progress; Cambridge Uni Scientific Society talk Tues 27th @CUSciSoc http://ow.ly/fl4kJ

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    16 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What freestyle rap can tell us about role of medial prefrontal cortex in creativity& ‘flow': http://bit.ly/Su9nSg  #braintweet #neuroscience

    15 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Amazingly honest account of how brain injury (#TBI) caused by head impact can aversely influence behaviour: http://bbc.in/T3cP9B  #braintweet

    15 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Supercomputer simulations used to design smart helmets that trigger alert when head impact may

    15 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    #EEG + #fMRI = sweet music; to help people exert better control over brain states: http://fxn.ws/UIfOld  #braintweet #neuroscience #In

    14 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Every cloud: gene related 2 early onset Alz associated w/ superior cognitive skills in youth: http://ind.pn/RX24UW  #braintweet #neuroscience

    14 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Gene expressed in us (but not apes) in brain areas involved in language&decisions: http://bit.ly/PUdafa  #braintweet #neuroscience #genetics

    14 Nov David Bradley David Bradley ‏@sciencebase

    MT @eandtbooks: Why Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule is wrong report for BBC Future http://bit.ly/PUeRcq  (UK site) http://bit.ly/PUeTRy  (RoW)

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    14 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Roots of lonliness may be grounded in perception of social cues like eye contact: http://bit.ly/SaNlHQ  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    13 Nov sci curious sci curious ‏@scicurious

    Crowdfunding basic neuroscience: http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2012/11/13/crowdfunding-basic-neuroscience/ … Sign of the times. Want to fund research?

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    13 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I wonder what these brain genes linked to diabetes do? Regulate eating? Control insulin release? http://bit.ly/RQ53ju  #braintweet #genetics

    13 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Meditators’ improved emotional stability evident in fMRI even when they are not meditating: http://bit.ly/RUNihp  #braintweet #neuroscience

    13 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    fMRI brain scans enable man in coma for 12 yrs to prove that there is still someone in there: http://bit.ly/TyiyTE  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    #depression in 18yr old girls linked 2 stress during infancy (changes neurodevelopmental path): http://bit.ly/RNsMkf  #braintweet #psychology

    12 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Microvesicles ejected by brain cancer cells in2 bloodstream used2detect cancer&track healing: http://bitly.com/SPsoze  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Nov Professor Bob Professor Bob ‏@psychoBOBlogy

    Most people can fake a genuine “Duchenne” smile | BPS by @psych_writer http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ResearchBloggingPsychologyEnglish/~3/LlwZn_Fj9WQ/most-people-can-fake-genuine-duchenne.html …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    12 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Carbon fibres will be at heart of the next generation of brain-machine interface technology: http://bitly.com/TvXw7A  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Thanks @harmonypark for fantastic talk on obviousengine’s augmented reality products. Masses of neuroforming cross-fertilisation potential!

    10 Nov Paul Knoepfler Paul Knoepfler ‏@pknoepfler

    8 simple reasons not to get an unlicensed stem cell treatment: reason 1 is lost health insurance http://tinyurl.com/alp7svj  #stemcell #stemcells

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    10 Nov Stephen Marcus Stephen Marcus ‏@stephen_marcus

    A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. ~ Mark Twain

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    16 Oct Steven Pinker Steven Pinker ‏@sapinker

    Still worth watching: Powers of Ten™ by Charles & Ray Eames, narrated by late MIT Prof. Philip Morrison: http://youtu.be/0fKBhvDjuy0

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    10 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    This is possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen, puts google earth to shame: http://youtu.be/0fKBhvDjuy0  thanks be to pinker #notabraintweet

    9 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    For easily recalled memories synapses should be not too strong & not too weak but just right: http://bit.ly/TvXw7A  #braintweet #neuroscience

    9 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The seemingly unlikely but perfectly true link between #autism & #engineering: http://bitly.com/RUdzeE  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    9 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain Power..sounds like my kind of film; TED Books.. sound like a good 21st C book format: http://bitly.com/Q1vcxi  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    IQ has steadily increased over the past three generations, worldwide: http://bitly.com/SwPtX3  #braintweet #psychology #intelligence #BeATen #In

    8 Nov Wired UK Wired UK ‏@WiredUK

    Neuroscientist Molly Crockett: how to spot ‘neurobollocks’ http://bit.ly/XmU4kY  by @Olivia_Solon

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    8 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Article on child abuse changing genes&passed on2next generat’n: http://bit.ly/RHiTo9  Similar2themes mentioned on @BBCScienceClub #braintweet

    8 Nov UK Prime Minister UK Prime Minister ‏@Number10gov

    PM at Downing St reception: “1m people will have dementia by 2015. We need 1m people to sign up as #dementiafriends” http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    8 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Barbara Arrowsmith – bit of a legend – if you’ve never heard of her… read this: http://bit.ly/WEWFrl  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    7 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Different PFC regions activated in response 2 facial attractiveness v sense of compatibility: http://huff.to/YZhQBN  #braintweet #neuroscience

    7 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Vit A becomes retinoic acid in brain where it plays important role in ADULT #neuroplasticity: http://bit.ly/RTh4Ab  #braintweet #In #BeATen

    7 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Author is no brain scientist but nonetheless has some interesting insights into neuroplasticity&leadership: http://bitly.com/XjgV0A  #braintweet

    7 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Exercise: “more effective than diet control in preventing high-fat diet-induced Alz.’s disease development” http://nyti.ms/VBejL7  #braintweet

    6 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A few handy tips on neuroscience-informed strategies 2 make revision more effective: http://bitly.com/YAhHpg  #braintweet #neuroformed #neurosci

    6 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The chicken and egg of a smaller than average amygdala and post-traumatic stress disorder: http://bitly.com/SRZjGB  #braintweet #neuroscience

    6 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Another small step towards catching Alzheimer’s before it wreaks its havoc on the brain: http://bitly.com/SoVwgs  #braintweet #neuroscience #Alz

    5 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I know I posted a caffeine-is-good-4-brain article last week, but this one’s better written: http://onforb.es/SOmOAr  #braintweet #neuroscience

    5 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Amazing antibodies: best treatment for MS is antibody which re-boots immune system to stop attacking brain: http://bitly.com/RLDFzz  #braintweet

    5 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Don’t believe everything you read.Autism cannot be diagnosed with a brain scan (yet): http://bitly.com/SsRaFl  #braintweet #neurosci #psychology

    5 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Really interesting NYT article on latest Brain Training offerings: http://bitly.com/PR0Ai0  Seems evidence is growing #braintweet #neuroscience

    5 Nov Neuro Science Neuro Science ‏@TheNeuroScience

    In-Sync Brain Waves Hold Memory of Objects Just Seen http://sns.mx/x7nOy2

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    5 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New UK scheme to detect #dementia early enough to make a difference (hopefully): http://bitly.com/RJZbVj  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    2 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Busy week? No time to exercise? This weekend get out there&do some exercise..for your brain’s sake: http://lat.ms/X6F9Lm  #braintweet #BeATen

    2 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Slightly high blood pressure during 20’s&30’s linked to accelerated brain aging visible by age 40: http://lat.ms/X6F9Lm  #braintweet #BeATen

    2 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Does it “ring true”? Guard against strategies that make the untrue sound true: http://bit.ly/W6bUck  #braintweet #psychology #BeATen #In

    2 Nov Sarah Rose Cavanagh Sarah Rose Cavanagh ‏@SarahRoseCav

    Neurobabble doesn’t get much worse than this. @neurocritic tears apart press release on Democratic v. Republican brains http://bit.ly/Wd3Mag

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    2 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Caffeine MAY be good 4 brain: http://bitly.com/RvMLUm  For the record adenosine receptors don’t “absorb” caffeine – they bind to it #braintweet

    1 Nov Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    In case you missed it before – exercise is good for your heart, brain AND cognitive abilities: http://bitly.com/PIqwvY  #braintweet #BeATen #In

    31 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Giving people temporary Tourette’s tic using transcranial magnetic stimulation: http://bitly.com/TQuCO2  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    31 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    When replacing bad habits w/ good,don’t forget that old habits still lurk in the background: http://bitly.com/TXkjO2  #braintweet #neuroscience

    31 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How you brain alternates between analytical mode and empathy mode but never both at the same time: http://bitly.com/SuWxXy  #braintweet

    30 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Cannabinoid system activity is neuroprotective.. slowing down progression of brain ageing”: http://bitly.com/V0NUG8  #braintweet #neuroscience

    30 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Oliver Sacks on acid ==> better insight into patients; inclusion into #psychiatry curriculum? http://bit.ly/W1ULRi  #braintweet #neuroscience

    30 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I finally managed to satisfy a lifelong ambition by spending the morning working on my first book in the British Library. #notabraintweet

    30 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Social exclusion in alcoholics induces elevated activity in brain areas processing “unpleasant” sensations: http://bitly.com/U99anH  #braintweet

    30 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Early intervention(0-2yrs old)appears 2help infants w/ autism spectrum disorders 2better grasp social cues: http://bit.ly/RqBzZk  #braintweet

    29 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Immense brain power of Japan’s abacus elite enables mind-boggling feats of mental arithmetic: http://bitly.com/VWK6qU  #brantweet #neuroscience

    29 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @virginiahughes @vaughanbell Thank you 4 clarifying the details..a well balance trashing of well-intentioned but bad journalism #braintweet

    29 Oct Virginia Hughes Virginia Hughes ‏@virginiahughes

    Fact: neglect affects brain development in bad ways. Fiction: much of a Telegraph piece on the subject,sez @vaughanbell http://mindhacks.com/2012/10/28/a-brief-reheating-of-the-refrigerator-mother/ …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Key role 4 star-shaped brain cells (astrocytes) in vision – priming neurons to pay attention: http://bit.ly/TEhSA4  #braintweet #neuroscience

    29 Oct ben goldacre ben goldacre ‏@bengoldacre

    Dear Government, please spend the £4bn from 4G auction on science, or the UK will rot http://bit.ly/TPpI3B  Love, Science

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 Oct Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Obesity influence diagram http://bit.ly/STFH29  No wonder obesity is complicated! via @mellojonny @Dr_Ellie

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 Oct Dawn Willis Dawn Willis ‏@Quinonostante

    Ed Milliband: Mental illness ‘biggest UK health challenge. #ukmh #mhuk http://wp.me/pNwla-3jt

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Impact of neglect on 3yr olds brains: http://bitly.com/SjwQt8  – does anyone know where these results were published? #braintweet #neuroscience

    27 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @Kyle_Watson93 You are very welcome! Hope you got back home quickly and safely. All the best in your ongoing adventure together. Take care.

    27 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @waynefoster86 Very kind of you take the time 2 say goodbye here! All the best 2 you&Sam. Good luck exploring your advanced level homework!

    26 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Sound theory behind possibility of improving brain function by increasing brain magnesium: http://bit.ly/Tk1Jxh  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Just 30mins of using EEG to visualise alpha power in own brain improves attentional control: http://bit.ly/XkBQPx  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Oct Kevin Mitchell Kevin Mitchell ‏@WiringTheBrain

    Black mamba venom peptides target acid-sensing ion channels to abolish pain http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v490/n7421/full/nature11494.html …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    25 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    30mins of EEG neurofeedback training improves attention control; lasting brain changes captured by fMRI: http://bit.ly/XkBQPx  #braintweet

    25 Oct Maria Popova Maria Popova ‏@brainpicker

    The science of why the rising and setting Moon appear larger than the Moon higher in the sky, animated http://j.mp/R15e7K

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    25 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Using EEG (frontal alpha power) to predict improvements in reaction time&working memory from video gaming: http://bit.ly/WLjOXV  #braintweet

    24 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Beluga whale mimics human speech: http://bit.ly/QQmlZU  #notabraintweet

    24 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Stocks go down. Anterior cingulate detects the “error.” Spurring you to fix the “problem”: http://bit.ly/TzJTIN  #braintweet #neuroscience

    24 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New study proves fusiform face area is specifically dedicated to face perception: http://lat.http://lat.ms/RA6hwX  #braintweet #neuroscience

    24 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Faces warp in front of your eyes the moment electrical stimulation is applied 2 FFA: http://lat.ms/RA6hwX  #braintweet #neurosci #psychology

    23 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Only thing more gratifying than getting a ground-breaking brain exp to work 1st time is knowing the results will reach millions #braintweet

    23 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Greenfield predicts impact of technology era: “higher IQ, higher mental agility&.. good at information processing, but not at understanding”

    23 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Continuing to exercise regularly in your seventies will help keep dementia at bay: http://bbc.in/QPHW4F  #braintweet #neuroscience #dementia

    22 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @Struanrobertson …and have you been napping to take advantage of all that hypnagogic creativity? Surely a must for any Be-A-Ten advocate?

    22 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Girls with conduct disorder have smaller amygdala -impairing empathy/emotion- just like CD boys: http://bbc.in/ROoTIW  #braintweet #neurosci

    22 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What didUdream about last night? With a combination of fMRI&EEG (in the right hands) this lot could tell U: http://smrt.io/SeEHFi  #braintweet

    19 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Perfect model of a windpipe created from artificial materials at UCL, seeded w/ stem cells & implanted into man’s body: http://nyti.ms/U0PAP2

    19 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    High rate of brain injury amongst young offenders suggests new approach to crime prevention?: http://bbc.in/T2bQT3  #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Oct Psychology News Psychology News ‏@PsychologyNow

    Romantic Outcomes In Adulthood Predicted By First Sexual Experience: It’s a common lament amon… http://bit.ly/S07wFy  #psychology #news

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    19 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Italian court rules that mobile phone caused tumour – despite considerable research suggesting otherwise: http://bit.ly/WIeF1h  #braintweet

    18 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Rest –> increased Rbrain activity: http://fxn.ws/RWqCwi  so napping could promote innovation as Aha! moment involves rPFC spike #braintweet

    18 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    An oldie but a goodie: Dolphins sleep one half of their brain at a time to stay alert for predators: http://bit.ly/VbDNzv  #braintweet

    17 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain of autistic savant professor examined for clues to her remarkable non-verbal intelligence: http://bit.ly/QSCxLd  #braintweet #neurosci

    17 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Less invasive method may soon replace electrodes implanted deep inside brain 2improve Parkinson’s symptoms: http://bit.ly/XmzUoC  #braintweet

    17 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Skipping breakfast causes brain to increase “desirability” of high calorie foods: http://bbc.in/OGVIKy  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    16 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    More good stuff on teenage brains coming out of the 2012 Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans: http://n.pr/PzXuyj  #braintweet

    16 Oct Brain Science Brain Science ‏@TheBrainScience

    “Broca’s Brain” –New Findings Announced http://sns.mx/yWjRy3

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    16 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Drugs to treat Multiple Sclerosis are improving by reducing immune attack on myelin with less side effects: http://bit.ly/TtjN43  #braintweet

    16 Oct Russ Poldrack Russ Poldrack ‏@russpoldrack

    Most Reported Genetic Associations With General Intelligence Are Probably False Positives http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~cfc/Chabris2012a-FalsePositivesGenesIQ.pdf …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    16 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What TV does to infant child brain development re: acquisition of language: http://bit.ly/Xdnu2b  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    15 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New insights into facial mimickry (automatically copying facial expressions of others) revealed@ SfN conf.: http://bit.ly/Ruk6Q3  #braintweet

    15 Oct freakonomics freakonomics ‏@freakonomics

    “Under-Savers Anonymous”: Using Peer Pressure to Save More Money. A new experiment shows near-doubling of savings. http://bit.ly/RwZG8M

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    15 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brains got bigger than our primate cousins by suppressing cell death=longer life,but more cancer: http://bit.ly/QgXkGI  #braintweet #neurosci

    15 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Development of cortex in late teens closely correlated w/child’s cognitive stimulation aged 4 http://bit.ly/RuRUfJ  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    And once you’ve re-created the human brain in a supercomputer? Then what will you be doing with it?? http://bit.ly/QVMBVW  #braintweet

    12 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New brain implant for epilepsy will monitor brain activity and emit electical impulses only when needed: http://bit.ly/Tc5Asp  #braintweet

    12 Oct NAMI Massachusetts NAMI Massachusetts ‏@NAMIMass

    Tactical Breather app can be used to gain control over physiological/psychological responses to #stress http://bitly.com/R1Jtsf  #honorvet

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    12 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    After hearing of many stem cell treatment disappointments it’s great to finally read about a success story: http://ind.pn/RlAVMN  #braintweet

    11 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fight against dementia is far from over – dihexia has key features required of a viable therapeutic agent: http://bit.ly/T8wD81  #braintweet

    11 Oct New Scientist New Scientist ‏@newscientist

    Habitat loss may be to blame for an apparent spate of violent attacks by #chimpanzees on humans http://ow.ly/eoImy

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    11 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neuroscience of hard knocks – why too many bangs 2 the head can cause trouble in old age: http://bit.ly/SSsMvI  #braintweet #whydidIplayrugby

    11 Oct Alom Shaha Alom Shaha ‏@alomshaha

    Clever / amusing ad campaign from Vancouver’s Science World: http://twentytwowords.com/2012/10/10/museums-creative-ads-show-that-science-is-funny-and-exciting-10-pictures/ …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    11 Oct Brainworks Rehab Brainworks Rehab ‏@BrainworksRehab

    World #MentalHealth Day: 5 Tips for Combining Diet, Exercise, and Mental Health http://ow.ly/enLXw

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    11 Oct Alzheimer’s Society Alzheimer’s Society ‏@alzheimerssoc

    .@BupaUK have launched toolkit to help loved ones discuss dementia http://ow.ly/eoiyO

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    11 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Crenezumab – last great hope for preventing amyloid accumulation which (may or may not) cause Alzheimer’s?: http://bit.ly/Swg2R4  #braintweet

    10 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Deep reading creates attentiveness; heavy viewing destroys it.” THE AGE OF ABSURDITY, Michael Foley, 2010 #drjackreadlist12 #nonbraintweet

    10 Oct Neuro Science Neuro Science ‏@TheNeuroScience

    Tomato compound tied to lower stroke risk: study http://sns.mx/x7nFy4

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    10 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    World’s most unpleasant sounds (usually 2-5kHz) feel horrible as amygdala boosts auditory cortex response: http://bit.ly/Rec65t  #braintweet

    10 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Importance of healthy heart4good brain function emphasised by cognitive decline accel. after heart surgery: http://bit.ly/RdVcDW  #brainwteet

    9 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Development of white matter tracts between brain areas 4vision, hearing &language predict reading ability: http://bit.ly/WMyBiv  #braintweet

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    9 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    1st new neuroprotective drug 2help stroke victims since aspirin shows convincing benefit in clinical trial: http://bit.ly/T1zy2e  #braintweet

    8 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Hats off to Sir John Gurdon 4his Nobel prize…makes a good point re: importance of funding basic science: http://bit.ly/WHO03s  #braintweet

    8 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @alessarampolla Likewise! I marvel at your ability 2 stay chirpy, personable & wise during such a hectic schedule. Cuida te y hasta pronto x

    1 Oct Neil R. Burns Neil R. Burns ‏@NeilRBurns

    @DrJackLewis. And why not?!! Ur #braintweet’s are brilliant. Keep going. :)

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    8 Oct Olivia Solon Olivia Solon ‏@olivia_solon

    What do we think of this “ethical” porn site? RT @WiredUK: Non-profit porn site generates revenue for ethical causes http://bit.ly/Q7Inbm

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    3 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Teen risk-taking may stem from a greater tolerance to ambiguity and uncertainty: http://ti.me/VqHvCs  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    1 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Macaques,pheasants,squirrels,tiger,marbled cat,several creatures I’d never even heard of;U know U wanna: http://bit.ly/WaeRVH  #zenlikebuddha

    1 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I’m told I shouldn’t be such a #braintweet purist so here’s some calming Sumatran wildlife filmed on a zillion go pros: http://bit.ly/WaeRVH

    1 Oct Keith R Laws Keith R Laws ‏@Keith_Laws

    The evolutionary role of music: it helps tolerate cognitive dissonance via @TrendsCognSci http://bit.ly/Rvzcng

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    1 Oct Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How to crowbar the topic of topless sunbathing into an article on neuroscience (it’s a bad news day): http://bit.ly/SuOjKU  #braintweet

    27 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New imaging evidence supports concept that 2different brain areas must battle it out when making decisions: http://bit.ly/Rktzbz  #braintweet

    27 Sep NAMI Massachusetts NAMI Massachusetts ‏@NAMIMass

    Therapeutic Video Games Aimed at Variety of Illnesses http://bitly.com/PFBUVF

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    27 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Feeling really +’ve about my new Discovery series having completed 1st couple of days filming;working with some brilliant people #braintweet

    17 Sep Ken Gilhooly Ken Gilhooly ‏@kengilhooly

    “@DrJackLewis: Apparently doing puzzles means you earn more. http://huff.to/Ny73f9  ” hmmm…report funded by Jumbo Games…puzzle that out.

    27 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @CoBC_PT Brilliant article – thank you for passing it on! I always endeavour 2keep it real i.e. enthusiasm without overstatement #braintweet

    20 Sep Prince’s Trust Team Prince’s Trust Team ‏@CoBC_PT

    Hello @DrJackLewis. have you seen this? Thought you may be interested….. http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2012/09/your-brain-pseudoscience … Good luck with the Brain Coach talk too!

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    27 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @susannahbutter sorry for slow response… I’m filming a new series for Discovery – it is relentless (but entirely rewarding) – w/c 8th Oct?

    20 Sep Amelia Purcell Amelia Purcell ‏@purcell_amelia

    @DrJackLewis i am still able to remember the football league order :) spain italy brazil france brazil west germany etc :)

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    27 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @Kyle_Watson93 Twas a pleasure! You were a great asset to the retreat – well done. I’m glad you both enjoyed the experience/found it helpful

    27 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Male DNA found inside female brain – significance of this unknown;so why bother reporting it: http://ind.pn/S1igHT  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New findings suggest: if you’re feeling like you never have any time contemplate the vastness of a horizon: http://bit.ly/P5SDiB  #braintweet

    25 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Very excited(&just a little bit nervous)2finally be starting filming4my new Discovery series with the brilliant @alessarampolla #braintweet

    25 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    1st scientists jealously guarded Einstein’s brain;studying it 4 themselves.Now it’s an iPad app!: http://bit.ly/QgI94j  #braintweet #neurosci

    24 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Stimulation of the striatum increases enkephalin release which can lead 2 binge-eating (e.g. on chocolate): http://bit.ly/SpETVV  #braintweet

    24 Sep Sam McNerney Sam McNerney ‏@SamMcNerney

    12 talks on understanding the brain http://blog.ted.com/2012/09/24/12-talks-on-understanding-the-brain/ …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    24 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Chimp and human foetus brains develop apace for 22wks, then the human brain accelerates away: http://bit.ly/ULd9dw  #braintweet #neuroscience

    21 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fish provided building blocks 4increased brain size; genes 2get them from vegetables helped us maintain it: http://bit.ly/TcciVr  #braintweet

    21 Sep Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    What can we learn about consciousness from anesthetized patients? Christof Koch in SciAm http://bit.ly/NGdXz3

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    21 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A big thank you to the ladies of Sydenham High. That your attention didn’t waver throughout 2hrs of solid brain chat is AMAZING #braintweet

    20 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New brain atlas has full map of gene expression2aid research in2 brain illnesses: http://bit.ly/P1jeyw  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    20 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Looking forward2giving my BRAIN COACH talk today at Sydenham High School today. 2hrs instead of usual 1hr=great chance 2try out new material

    19 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Microsoft co-founder reveals why he invested $500M in the Allen Institute for Brain Research: http://onforb.es/PvtKic  #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Sep Olivia Solon Olivia Solon ‏@olivia_solon

    A wonderful selection of televised drug-taking experiments http://bit.ly/PyXV8h  by @iansteadman (my fave=http://youtu.be/9SlAMsaQbM4 )

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    18 Sep Andrew Lawes Andrew Lawes ‏@MrAndrewLawes

    @MindCharity Please could you RT my article, offering advice and support to those who love people with depression? http://lordgeord.tumblr.com/post/31501792186/loving-someone-with-depression …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    19 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Ch4’s new “Drugs Live” series kicks off next week by getting people high on…ecstasy (MDMA): http://bit.ly/R4VcHC  #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Sep Neuroskeptic Neuroskeptic ‏@Neuro_Skeptic

    My Ecstasy Brain Scan http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22280-a-real-fmri-high-my-ecstasy-brain-scan.html … “Our reporter experience the highs, lows and psychedelic purple doors of MDMA during fMRI scan”

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    18 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Meet the placebo effect’s evil twin..nocebo: http://bit.ly/QKA6Mh  Subconsious associations heal, but can also hurt too #braintweet #neurosci

    18 Sep Anita Hall Anita Hall ‏@ani2tall

    Tonight:The Life Scientific: David Nutt, passion for science & disputes with Govt over drug policy http://bbc.in/P9t026  #Neurosci #HE

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    18 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New tool in fight against Huntington’s Disease tracks brain shrinkage by measuring mutant protein in blood: http://bit.ly/UiOJrG  #braintweet

    17 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Most remarkable?.. Lack of eye contact explains trolling vs Computers in Human Behaviour is a real journal: http://bit.ly/N6R84t  #braintweet

    17 Sep Sophie Scott Sophie Scott ‏@sophiescott

    Do you like BRAINS? I’m running a short course @ Royal Institution starting this week: http://www.rigb.org/contentControl?action=displayEvent&id=1389 … (sorry for typo in prev tweet)

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    17 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain cell shape seems to be most important when it comes to wiring up a brain properly: http://bit.ly/Oy91Iq  #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 Sep James May’s TYNTK James May’s TYNTK ‏@JMsTYNTK

    30 mins to #JamesMaysTYNTK about Chemistry on BBC2 & 15 mins to the announcement of our competition winner. Exciting!

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    17 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @sophiescott Please re-post w/ typo corrected so I can re-tweet.I’m sure some of my followers would love a bit of Prof Scott brain action…

    17 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Apparently doing puzzles means you earn more. Or maybe higher earners are just puzzle-inclined: http://huff.to/Ny73f9  #braintweet #MaxCog

    17 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @sophiescott did you mean “short” course? Or is the Functional Imaging Lab still giving away T-shirts w/3Dbrain image on them to volunteers?

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    14 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    More clues 2 why early childhood neglect can lead to serious cognitive problems in adulthood; less myelin: http://bit.ly/QIYi1N  #braintweet

    14 Sep Katie Cadigan Katie Cadigan ‏@whenmedicine

    Interesting new self-help software 4 pple w #schizophrenia – @copingtutor ‘s online CBT called “Coping With Voices” http://ow.ly/dHET4

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    14 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neural prosthetic implant improves monkey’s ability to spot target image when thinking impaired by cocaine: http://nyti.ms/PofAOw  #braintweet

    13 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Visual illusions born of the brains natural propensity to detect predictable patterns: http://huff.to/RUfKRG  #braintweet #neuroscience

    13 Sep Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Impaired theory of mind but intact decision-making in Asperger syndrome http://bit.ly/Pe31qS

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    13 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Experimenting with using stem cells to replace auditory neurons to give hearing back to the deaf (gerbils): http://bit.ly/PrTLkv  #braintweet

    12 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    After gastric bypass surgery many people (unable2satisfy food addiction) shift addiction to something else: http://bit.ly/QJWp74  #braintweet

    12 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Obscure cannabinoid shows promise as anticonvulsant;may boost armoury of epilepsy treatments: http://bit.ly/PbCk60  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Sep Ed Yong Ed Yong ‏@edyong209

    Same gene linked to bigger brains in dolphins AND primates. http://bit.ly/PoDJrD  Convergence… but of what exactly. See rich comments too

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    12 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Exercise increases testosterone produced in brain –> increasing creation of new brain cells: http://nyti.ms/NnpwLu  #braintweet #neuroscience

    11 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain scanning kids throughout childhood, adolescence&into adulthood 2 catch development of mental illness: http://bit.ly/OcFjZ7  #braintweet

    11 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Heavy boozing leads to early brain bleeds (haemorrhage): http://reut.rs/PcSvy3  #braintweet #neuroscience #neurology #alcoholic #retirement

    11 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “dietary habits of children can impact their energy level, mood & academic performance” http://wapo.st/Q9Clcw  #braintweet #neuroscience

    10 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Low serotonin levels implicated in ADHD as insufficient tryptophan(serotonin building block) reaches brain: http://bit.ly/NVIvhz  #braintweet

    10 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Brain science of the vagina” = great topic but poorly described: http://bit.ly/TuEsd4  & this explains why: http://bit.ly/HEixru  #braintweet

    10 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How “low dimensional” thinking combined with rampant innovation could well lead2early exit for our species: http://bloom.bg/RMHiIx  #braintweet

    7 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    3new brainbooks: power of the unconscious, co-evolving with food & the importance of sleep for your brain: http://bit.ly/NZLnZV  #braintweet

    7 Sep Uta Frith Uta Frith ‏@utafrith

    Great stuff: Knowledge represented in the brain @WiringTheBrain – and genetic conditions that affect it http://bit.ly/RImLoG

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    7 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Why the placebo effect suggest that you can “will” your immune system to ramp up its efforts: http://bit.ly/Tqs10e  #braintweet #psychology

    7 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Using fMRI to see what happens in brains when CBT helps to reduce social anxiety: http://bit.ly/RSPmna  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    6 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    This “Science of Orgasms” short is quite good: http://bit.ly/QbK9fs  ..but best of all = comments where people mis-read the title #braintweet

    6 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Scientists&inventors’ great Eureka moments happen much later in life than previous generations: http://on.wsj.com/Q9OLgu  #braintweet #dontpanic

    6 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Is the digital world, in which teens are so intensively immersed, good or bad 4their brains?: http://bit.ly/QcnrOF  #braintweet #neuroscience

    5 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Time dilation may explain why elite sportspeople seem2have more time on ball-they do,sort of: http://bbc.in/SibhL6  #braintweet #neuroscience

    5 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Here are those symptoms: http://bbc.in/yOPATa  ..all can be induced by other causes, so don’t jump2conclusions, just bear in mind #braintweet

    5 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Beaware: symptoms caused by brain tumours: http://bbc.in/ThifPC  ..u never know until it grows enough2make trouble: #braintweet #neuroscience

    5 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @margaret_leigh apparently the rate of atrophy was 6-10% faster in people at higher end of the ‘normal’ range of blood glucose than lower

    5 Sep Wired Wired ‏@wired

    How Gaming Tech Is Making Safer Cars http://bit.ly/Si62ep

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    5 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    This is getting silly.Even blood sugar levels at the high end of “normal” screws ur brain up: http://bit.ly/OO3q2w  #braintweet #neuroscience

    4 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    If Alz can be caused by”brain diabetes”there could indeed be trouble ahead (4those who binge on sugar&fat): http://bit.ly/PS73Ec  #braintweet

    4 Sep Science Museum Science Museum ‏@sciencemuseum

    #LunchtimeReading: What happens when you sleep and how it affects your every waking moment http://ow.ly/drsth  via @brainpicker

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    4 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @hugospiers That’s just made my day..many thanks for your kind words..it’s a labour of love but a bit of positive feedback never goes amiss!

    4 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @hugospiers Many thanks for caring enough to correct me – good point! ps that the AI article was from 2009 is irrelevant..it’s still scary

    4 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain area active when mulling over autobiographical events must be dampened to do maths: http://bit.ly/R08apl  #braintweet #neuroscience

    4 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain area active when mulling over autobiographical events must be switched off to do maths: http://bit.ly/R08apl  #braintweet #neuroscience

    3 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Short film of disabled man flying remote controlled quadcopter by “thought”: http://bit.ly/OHUeN7  #braintweet #neuroscience #BCI #psychology

    3 Sep Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Teen obesity impairs attention, mental flexibility, ability in maths&spelling: http://bit.ly/OG3i55  ..smaller hippocampus too! #braintweet #

    31 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Utterly brilliant free game ap that beautifully illustrates how young brain cells grow in a baby’s brain: http://bit.ly/wmy8pl  #braintweet

    31 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Dyslexics performed most poorly on those subtests that involve phonological (?!) short-term memory”: http://bit.ly/T04HI2  #braintweet

    31 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Good [learning] practice..undermined by learning anxiety,attention deficits&poor recognition of social cues: http://bit.ly/PSf5PT  #braintwt

    31 Aug Sarah-JayneBlakemore Sarah-JayneBlakemore ‏@sjblakemore

    BBC News: How could cannabis alter the teenage brain? With quotes from my brilliant grad student Anne-Lise Goddings: http://bbc.in/PnQJPB

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    31 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Heads up re what’s in store at Society4Neuroscience2012conference in New Orleans 13-17th Oct: http://bit.ly/PwCEe9  #braintweet #neuroscience

    30 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Irregular day/night rhythm disrupts metabolism leading2obesity. Regulate bedtime/waking time2lose weight!: http://bit.ly/N0z4vM  #braintweet

    30 Aug RC of Psychiatrists RC of Psychiatrists ‏@rcpsych

    Psychiatrist Dr Peter Rice on why industry can no longer deny the link between alcohol unit price & consumption http://bit.ly/S0VEri

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    30 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain haemorrhage nearly 3 times more common in heavy smokers than non-smokers: http://bit.ly/N178I7  #braintweet #neuroscience #stopsmoking

    29 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fantastic devices that “grab” & remove stroke blockages in brain are getting better & better: http://lat.ms/SPDJkS  #braintweet #neurosurgery

    29 Aug BBC SciTech BBC SciTech ‏@bbcscitech

    Chimp grooming postcode lottery http://bbc.in/STrPqc

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    29 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Piano tuners development of expertise in “pitch space” leads to growth in the hippocampus: http://bbc.in/NV2Cwj  #braintweet #neuroscience

    29 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Very well-balanced article on neuroscience in court: http://reut.rs/QRo6oa  ..brain tumours can induce paedophilia #braintweet #neuroscience

    28 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Plants may not have brains, but they do, nonetheless, sense the world around them: http://bit.ly/NsQhzj  #braintweet

    28 Aug BPS Research Digest BPS Research Digest ‏@ResearchDigest

    “Decision-making in the adolescent brain” New review @sjblakemore & Robbins: http://ow.ly/dieyI  pdf via author site: http://ow.ly/dieDl

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    28 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Watch this space4forthcoming major breakthroughs..where electronics&brain cells meet: http://bit.ly/OGREaF  #braintweet #neuroscience #cyborg

    28 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    World’s largest brain training company Lumos Labs hops into bed with Discovery: http://on.wsj.com/PLA7Qq  #braintweet #neuroscience #braintrain

    24 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Nanoparticle injection is being developed to minimise damage of traumatic head injury: http://bit.ly/OA2zTg  #braintweet #neuroscience

    24 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain recalls emotionally significant images much more clearly than the non-emotional: http://bit.ly/NjkYqC  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Father’s age at conception influences incidence of autism and schizophrenia in offspring: http://nyti.ms/R0LT5I  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Congratulations @claudiahammond on BPS 2012 public engagement award: http://bit.ly/mMRvkB  UR fantastic in: http://bbc.in/RcfWeL  #braintweet

    23 Aug BPSOfficial BPSOfficial ‏@BPSOfficial

    BPS News: Why time goes faster when we have fun http://www.bps.org.uk/news/why-times-goes-faster-when-we-have-fun … US psychologist and @claudiahammond explain

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    23 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Back2the drawing board: self-aware even when all 3 “self-awareness” brain areas are damaged: http://bit.ly/NhFacp  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Aug Dr. SunWolf Dr. SunWolf ‏@TheSocialBrain

    {Subtle cognitive biases that can block or stimulate motivation.} When info about our progress reduces goal motivation: http://alturl.com/zfno3

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    23 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    All protein within your brain cells are replaced every week. Don’t believe me? Watch this: http://bit.ly/PZpB97  #braintweet #neuroscience

    22 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    350 damaged brains enable identification of frontal areas critical for decision making&behavioural control: http://bit.ly/NfPPEE  #braintweet

    22 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fantastic film footage of our bonobo cousins making&using stone tools just like our caveman ancestors did: http://bit.ly/TSxg8r  #braintweet

    22 Aug Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    What is neuroplasticity? It’s life rewiring the brain

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    22 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Learning a musical instrument in childhood improves hearing for life: http://bbc.in/PcwQpZ  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    22 Aug SciAm MIND SciAm MIND ‏@sciammind

    Will We Continue to Get Smarter? The Flynn Effect Says Yes (preview) http://bit.ly/SlHr5D

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    21 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It’s official – obesity is bad for your brain; associated with lower cognitive performance: http://bbc.in/NYHSOF  #braintweet #neuroscience

    20 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Pulvinar=switchboard for focusing attention: http://bit.ly/NTyxtf  (Stewart Shipp realised this years ago: http://1.usa.gov/OQXitJ ) #braintweet

    20 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Ever wondered what a whale shark’s brain looks like? http://bit.ly/NumPc0  ..me neither,but check out the size of its cerebellum! #braintweet

    20 Aug Claudia Hammond Claudia Hammond ‏@claudiahammond

    Tonight’s James May’s Things you need to know is on the brain @JMsTYNTK. 10pm BBC2. Includes @sophiescott @DrJackLewis and me.

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    20 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Modern day Phineas Gage takes 6′ pole through brain yet can describe accident to doctors on arrival in A&E: http://bit.ly/OISbLU  #braintweet

    20 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    ps if you’re in Scotland James May’s “Things You Need To Know..” is on at 11.20pm, BBC2. #braintweet #neuroscience #JamesMayTYNTK

    20 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Tonight I will be featuring on James May’s “Things You Need To Know..” 10pm, BBC2. Talking about brains, as usual. #braintweet #neuroscience

    20 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    People who want to remember people’s names better (e.g. @timlovejoy) may find this interesting: http://bit.ly/OsdQ85  #braintweet #memory

    17 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I really hope this 10yr old maths genius chooses science or engineering over banking: http://bit.ly/NN4Ic0  #braintweet #neuroscience #STEM

    17 Aug carlzimmer carlzimmer ‏@carlzimmer

    There’s a “Who’s Your Daddy?” truck roaming the streets of New York, selling DNA paternity tests. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/08/15/whos-your-daddy-truck-offers-answers-with-dna-tests/ …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    17 Aug Miguel Angel Escotet Miguel Angel Escotet ‏@DrEscotet

    Common Parasite T Gondii May Trigger Suicide Attempts | #Neuroscience News – http://bit.ly/S4j2D4

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    17 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How neuro explanation of psychopathy affects a judge’s jail sentence decision: http://ti.me/NMEpCU  #braintweet #neuroscience #jurisprudence

    17 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    All roads lead 2 Rome: examining brain&lifestyle of 80yr olds w/ youthful cognitive abilities http://bit.ly/N4EDuq  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Chemical agent that blocks immune pathway reduces opiate reward = new hope for treating heroin addiction: http://bit.ly/Oyep32  #braintweet

    16 Aug Scientific American Scientific American ‏@sciam

    Most popular now on the site: “To Spot a Liar: An Offices of SciAm Mystery” http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/08/16/to-spot-a-liar-an-offices-of-sciam-mystery/ … by @murphyod

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    16 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Special sewerage system (piggy-backing blood vessels) pumps metabolic waste out of the brain: http://bit.ly/OwQeCa  #braintweet #neuroscience

    15 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Getting to the bottom of the link between serotonin and BDNF in #depression : http://bit.ly/RUq7py  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    15 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New study reveals that a powerful punch involves a highly developed cerebellum: http://bit.ly/RO6nCq  #braintweet #neuroscience #karate

    14 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Specific patterns of internet use reliably indicate tendency towards depression: http://bit.ly/RLg5We  #braintweet #psychology #depression

    Expand14 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Diagram of new “bionic eye” implant which has special processor 2 stimulate retinal ganglion cells better: http://scr.bi/RL2Q7P  #braintweet

    14 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Having cracked the retinal code, new “bionic eye” enables much better vision in blind (mice): http://ind.pn/OVvXC0  #braintweet #neuroscience

    7 Aug Alzheimer’s Reading Alzheimer’s Reading ‏@ALZHEIMERSread

    Growth Hormone May Improve #Memory in Early Alzheimer’s Patients http://goo.gl/fb/g2mPu  #alzheimers #alzheimers #mci

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    14 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Daily cocoa drink improves blood flow to brain&hence cognition (exercise much more so): http://bit.ly/Sf48p7  #braintweet #neuroscience #MCI

    13 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain activity boosted when nose is blocked to keep sense of smell primed for rapid comeback: http://bit.ly/Qv4jLs  #braintweet #neuroscience

    13 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Migraines hurt like hell but, happily, don’t seem to cause any cognitive decline: http://bit.ly/ORFCK0  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    13 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Beyond the limits of perception – augmenting the sense of touch with electronic fingertip “glove”: http://bit.ly/Neps1n  #braintweet #nano

    3 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It’s not just learning a musical instrument – but playing it regularly – that protects against brain aging: http://bit.ly/Qyktdq  #braintweet

    3 Aug Dra. Teraiza Mesa R Dra. Teraiza Mesa R ‏@Dra_TeraizaMesa

    Intranasal Oxytocin May Ease Schizophrenia Symptoms http://www.clinicalpsychiatrynews.com/single-view/intranasal-oxytocin-may-ease-schizophrenia-symptoms/5d72e49ae9d135a18d83e3c813ce5764.html …

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    3 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Beautiful brain art: http://bit.ly/N70oWe  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #psychiatry #neuroanatomy #neuron #PNAS #histochemistry

    2 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fantastic article on how the global battle against obesity lies firmly within the realms of #psychology: http://on.freep.com/NWg8Mv  #braintweet

    2 Aug New Scientist New Scientist ‏@newscientist

    Peruvians may have natural immunity from from rabies http://bit.ly/NMbmnM  #vampire #bats

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    2 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    On Mon 20th Aug,10pm, BBC2 I’ll be contributing to the “Brain” episode of James May’s brilliant new series: http://on.fb.me/M6c3He  #braintweet

    2 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I hate it when headlines depart so dramatically from the evidence… “Objectifying Women Isn’t Your Fault: http://bit.ly/R7oOyK  #braintweet

    1 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Connectivity between left prefrontal cortex & rest of the brain is predictive of individual intelligence: http://bit.ly/QeV0U1  #braintweet

    1 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Knowing that you’re dreaming enables fMRI/EEG 2pinpoint several frontal brain areas vital 4 self-awareness: http://bit.ly/NjrAPm  #braintweet

    1 Aug Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How psychologists help olympians to fight performance sapping demons of anticipatory anxiety: http://yhoo.it/T2SboM  #braintweet #psychology

    31 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    More white matter connectivity between areas involved in autobiographical memory=remember everyday of life: http://bit.ly/M8MEba  #braintweet

    31 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Expansion of frontal cortex surface area peaks 2yrs later in ADHD vs “normal” adolescents: http://bit.ly/MWSMHG  #braintweet #neuroscience

    31 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Nanotechnology breakthrough enables drugs that normally get blocked by blood brain barrier to reach target: http://bit.ly/QLsZQF  #braintweet

    30 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Mimetic desire (wanting what others value highly) arises from increased mirror / reward system interaction: http://bit.ly/Q3qSLb  #braintweet

    27 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Welcome2the future – improved task performance by switching brain cells on&off using light!!: http://bit.ly/QdGicu  #braintweet #neuroscience

    27 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Satiety hormones in junk food may help people feel full faster – helping to curb obesity: http://bit.ly/Opup5f  #braintweet #neuroscience

    27 Jul Andrew & Sabrina Andrew & Sabrina ‏@PsychScientists

    Olaf Sporns interviewed on the Brain Science Podcast about ‘Networks of the Brain’ http://bit.ly/O1e0V1  by @docartemis

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    27 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Top 5 ways to become immortal, continued.. perfectly preserve brain connections & recreate at a later date: http://huff.to/QMIlJa  #braintweet

    26 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A genuinely fantastic resource: Exciting new technologies that are revolutionising neuroscience http://naksci.com/t/66186  #braintweet

    26 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The female brain: http://bit.ly/MZ6mae  ..lives longer but ages quicker – how confusing is that?! #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    26 Jul Diana Cassar, IBCLC Diana Cassar, IBCLC ‏@DianaIBCLC

    2/3 of infants under 4 months globally are NOT exclusively breastfed. Imagine the implications as we rectify this? #ILCA2012

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    26 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain area specialised 4 detecting peripheral fast-moving objects triggers attention&emotion: http://bit.ly/Qj6qIn  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Jul Sarah-JayneBlakemore Sarah-JayneBlakemore ‏@sjblakemore

    Some interesting podcasts on neuroscience and FENS from The Naked Scientists: http://naksci.com/t/65661

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    26 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Memory losses identified by comparing performance before&after 12months of recreational ecstasy (MDMA) use: http://bit.ly/LPLn8V  #braintweet

    25 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fantastic explanation of the Rorschach inkblot test – love that it orginated in a kids’ game! http://bbc.in/MF1ydp  #braintweet #creativity

    25 Jul Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    Brief wakeful resting boosts new memories over the long term. APS press release: http://bit.ly/OjCwyq  and the paper: http://bit.ly/O7tBmZ

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    25 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Wow! I’d only ever seen hydrocephalus in text books before. Poor little girl: http://bit.ly/OuRPCz  #braintweet #neuroscience #neurology

    24 Jul Neuroskeptic Neuroskeptic ‏@Neuro_Skeptic

    The Psychology of Bad PowerPoint Presentations http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22822402?dopt=Abstract … “8 psychological principles are often violated in PowerPoint slideshows”

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    24 Jul Mark Miodownik Mark Miodownik ‏@markmiodownik

    Why have pole vault records nearly doubled since 1900? New Materials in Sport: http://www.nature.com/nmat/focus/materials-sports/index.html … via @chrstnmrtn @naturematerials

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    24 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The importance of some form of family unit to rearing a healthy young brain: http://bit.ly/SQDpkW  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    23 Jul Miguel Angel Escotet Miguel Angel Escotet ‏@DrEscotet

    Why does vivid #memory ‘feel so real? – #Neuroscience – http://bit.ly/Mjc4Eu

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    23 Jul Anita Hall Anita Hall ‏@ani2tall

    Resources to help with your STEM public engagement http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/stem  #STEM

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    23 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Disadvantaged kids to get fortnight of “brain training” over the summer holidays: http://bit.ly/NLsdFH  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    20 Jul Scientific American Scientific American ‏@sciam

    Good-Natured Jokes Ease Pain http://bit.ly/Ph4ZUI

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    20 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It was only a matter of time… Neuroscience For Dummies http://sns.mx/xSnky2  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology from @TheNeuroScience

    20 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    If Snyder wasn’t a research director at Uni of Sydney I’d think “creativitycap” was a load of old coblers: http://bit.ly/OBC9RA  #braintweet

    19 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How brains spot house keys when scanning a room before setting off out the door: http://bit.ly/Q7CmiY  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    19 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Small clinical trial indicates better cognition/memory in Alz patients with alpha7 nicotinic receptor drug: http://reut.rs/NxhGxx  #braintweet

    19 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @rosietratt @edstagg Thanks Ed..thoroughly enjoyed it..for brief synopsis of all that brain food banter: http://bit.ly/NzPVTZ  #braintweet

    19 Jul Rosie Tratt Rosie Tratt ‏@rosietratt

    Top interview on last night’s BBC Midlands Network you two @edstagg @DrJackLewis http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p00v3g8h …

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    18 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “If you continue drinking – the Tenant’s Super brewery will get richer and you’ll be dead” Quote of the series in my book! #24hrsAE

    18 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Is the dream of immortality getting close to becoming a reality? http://bit.ly/NzQgGc  methinks: no (for the time being at least) #braintweet

    18 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    As promised, here’s my #brainpost on foods to boost moods to enhance the experience of various film genres: http://bit.ly/NzPVTZ  #braintweet

    18 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Old folk should avoid binge drinking or risk brain damage (a little tipple is fine): http://ind.pn/OiNk1g  #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “If we view people as neuronal weather patterns how can we coherently speak about morality?” Sam Harris (2010) #neuroscience #braintweetq

    17 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A potted history of neuroaesthetics – how the brain appreciates aesthetics in (human vs animal) artworks: http://bit.ly/MDSWAe  #braintweet

    17 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fascinating: why dealing with drug addiction should start with what’s on the end of ur fork: http://huff.to/Nv86IS  #braintweet #neursocience

    17 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Gait gives game away on early Alzheimer’s: http://bit.ly/SEpcHL  Similar work in Parkinson’s from Giese grp: http://bit.ly/NuJKif  #braintweet

    16 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    More evidence to suggest that regular exercise can slow brain aging: http://bit.ly/OHASFU  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychiatry #psychology

    16 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Check out my new post on how improving your working memory can boost IQ: http://bit.ly/O0efPk  #braintweet #psychology #braintraining #In

    16 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Improving working memory leads to higher IQ score so why not try Memneon on your smartphone: http://bit.ly/O0efPk  #braintweet #braintraining

    16 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Neuritin” brain protein reduced by chronic stress&may increase susceptibility to depression: http://bit.ly/LjnaaL  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Jul Guardian Science Guardian Science ‏@guardianscience

    Government wants free access to all publicly funded science within 2 years http://bit.ly/NqWSI5

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    16 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Odd but true: protect your newborn from Schizophrenia – breast feed for longer!! http://bit.ly/NuJEsz  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychiatry

    13 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neurofeedback as brain training for athletes… what do you think? http://on.wsj.com/NysRFD  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #FIA #In

    13 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Glad that,despite many pharma companies ditching brain drug research,at least AZ is still up4the challenge: http://bit.ly/Si5IbP  #braintweet

    12 Jul Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Subjective well-being in depressed individuals benefits from daytime naps http://bit.ly/OcO0RW

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    12 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Did you know that your gut has its very own brain? It’s called the enteric nervous system: http://bbc.in/OZ23PO  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Auditory cortex,which usually crunches sound,processes touch and light in brains of the deaf: http://bit.ly/P0WL6t  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Stress management prevents new multiple sclerosis lesions from developing in the brain: http://bit.ly/NhItuV  #braintweet #neuroscience #MS

    11 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Operation “Nip it in the Bud” – nailing Alzheimer’s early: http://bit.ly/Nl2XFp  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #neurology #psychiatry

    11 Jul New Scientist New Scientist ‏@newscientist

    Women dance most attractively when fertile http://bit.ly/MiMjCq  #evolution

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    11 Jul Science Magazine Science Magazine ‏@sciencemagazine

    A #nanoparticle-based drug targets and dissolves blood clots http://scim.ag/N2xd9r  #medicine

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    11 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Spiking Neural Network Architecture to take brain on at own game by using massively parallel computing: http://bit.ly/S2XEeS  #braintweet #AI

    10 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Dietary supplements (omega 3, curcumin..) that can minimise impact of spinal cord injury: http://bit.ly/Nln7yN  #braintweet #neuroscience

    10 Jul Jon Sutton Jon Sutton ‏@jonmsutton

    The potential of bio-sensing to enable new television formats http://ow.ly/c8cUp  Links to work of wonderfully named psychologist Dr Dare

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    10 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    On parenting techniques (pre-brain revolution): http://huff.to/OrlXPV  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    9 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Why young kids find it hard to share: http://bit.ly/PoPVGz  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    9 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain region that discerns distance of sound from listener is identified (planum temporale): http://bit.ly/NhrTKf  #braintweet #neuroscience

    6 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fascinating bee study: http://huff.to/N0ZUBg  Help ur parents keep #dementia at bay – get them2raise ur children ;-) #braintweet #neuroscience

    6 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Hemispatial neglect only occurs after damage to right TPJ, s’a shame that poker study didn’t look at L&R separately… http://bit.ly/MOA4Tf

    6 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How bluffing in poker teaches us about brain areas critical for social evaluation: http://bit.ly/L63Cv7  #braintweet #neuroscience #poker

    6 Jul Wiley Psychology Wiley Psychology ‏@WBPsychology

    More Women Look Over the Counter for a Libido Fix http://nyti.ms/MQw7LB

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    6 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @psychiatry_ucam I can’t tell you how important it is to me to have your endorsement of my output-as honoured as I am grateful.. #braintweet

    6 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Metformin, long thought to be “just” a diabetes drug, also promotes neurogenesis! http://bit.ly/N0aWIi  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    5 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Finally sci-fi dreams become real: lying in fMRI scanner seeing through eyes of robot in different country! http://bbc.in/Nauyst  #braintweet

    5 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Many bright 12-13yr olds in the London state school system. Seem to grasp the idea that #STEM expertise is key to a good career #braintweet

    5 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Today I will be mostly Illuminating the Futures of young people in my first outing as a #STEM Ambassador! #braintweet pic.twitter.com/uupYY1wF

    4 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neuroplasticity will happen whether you choose how you let your brain adapt or not – I couldn’t agree more: http://bit.ly/RbdyDo  #braintweet

    4 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How to make better decisions?? Think about it in a different language: http://bit.ly/MSozbj  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    4 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Several recent articles lead me to conclude: if a brain gets skewered – LET THE DOCTORS TAKE IT OUT: http://bit.ly/P7eSsy  #braintweet

    4 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Isn’t it amazing that you can accidentally stab your brain with a pencil and suffer no ill effects?!: http://bit.ly/P7eSsy  #braintweet

    3 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Don’t remove from oven before at least 41 weeks or risk of learning difficulties may rise: http://bit.ly/LNX13z  #braintweet #neuroscience

    3 Jul Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Neural Correlates of Moral Sensitivity in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder http://bit.ly/Luphd4

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    3 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Re-evaluation of old research indicates psychadelic drugs may help alcoholics: http://bit.ly/N3OsYW  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    27 Jun Citydesk Sport Citydesk Sport ‏@CitydeskSport

    @DrJackLewis very excited to hear how I can train my brain. Assuming there is one up there somewhere #tametheflame

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    27 Jun CIMSPA Rising Talent CIMSPA Rising Talent ‏@cimspa_rt

    Your brain is like a city @DrJackLewis says, so what city are you? #tamethetiger

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    27 Jun igmorrison igmorrison ‏@igmorrison

    can imagine @drjacklewis on Blue Peter, or another scientific prog. His brainiac style of enthusiasm is rather infectious… #tametheflame

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    27 Jun sueanstiss sueanstiss ‏@sueanstiss

    Bringing ‘brain training’ to our gyms is the future says @drjacklewis #tametheflame

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    from Rotherham, Rotherham

    2 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New drug for MS inhibits migration of T-cells 2 prevent them attacking myelin sheaths that surround nerves: http://bit.ly/LLq0Jx  #braintweet

    2 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Illusion also works when table top is stroked -so no surprise it works with black/white hand: http://bit.ly/M1nJZ2  #braintweet #neuroscience

    2 Jul Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Chronic back pain – it’s all in the brain (insula & nucleus accumbens to be precise): http://bit.ly/LQN0Zv  #braintweet #neuroscience

    29 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Helping paralysed people2 communicate by interpreting brain responses2 a hi-tech Ouija board: http://bit.ly/Ozy2XI  #braintweet #neuroscience

    27 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How the Arctic ground squirrel’s brain might give us clues on how to keep Alzheimer’s at bay: http://bit.ly/Osk8If  #neuroscience #braintweet

    26 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    World’s largest EEG biofeedback installation (“The Ascent”) currently resides in Brooklyn (&sounds great!): http://nyti.ms/LNHzqs  #braintweet

    26 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Google’s 16,000 processor neural network develops a penchant for cats (without being taught what a cat is): http://bit.ly/LyFh0c  #braintweet

    26 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Using EEG to detect fledgling autism in two year old children: http://bbc.in/MV9RwL  #braintweet #neuroscience #autism

    25 Jun BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 4 ‏@BBCRadio4

    “Dogs can detect the odour of cancer”- Dr Claire Guest tells #SaturdayLive how dogs’ sensitive noses could save lives http://bbc.in/NsGcfA

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    25 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    An unexpected link between brain areas that generate hunger and cocaine addiction: http://bit.ly/Ls8z0n  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Jun Geraint Rees Geraint Rees ‏@profgeraintrees

    Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease by listening to people’s voices http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18427851 …

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    25 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Animal intelligence. Dolphin, bonobo, dog&elephant brains are capable of some amazing things: http://n24.cm/Lug1Iw  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Jun SciAm MIND SciAm MIND ‏@sciammind

    Reinforce learning with a nap: http://ow.ly/bNSnt  | @psychcentral

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    25 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    South African daffodils – helping to smuggle future drugs across the blood brain barrier: http://bit.ly/MOEFPG  #braintweet #neuroscience #ln

    22 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What fMRI scanning can / cannot tell us about the human brain: http://bit.ly/MauWGq  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    21 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Better understanding of how human brain does vision will help us make robots that see better: http://bit.ly/NTMmer  #braintweet #neuroscience

    21 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Experimental “gene-silencing” drug: fresh hope for effective Huntington’s disease treatment: http://cbsn.ws/L51puC  #braintweet #neuroscience

    21 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    8months of yoga, thrice weekly, increases brain volume (&prevent falls by improving balance): http://bit.ly/KAut23  #braintweet #neuroscience

    21 Jun Christian Jarrett Christian Jarrett ‏@Psych_Writer

    Psychopathology and the Human Connectome – open access review: http://ow.ly/bJ1TB  via @neurocellpress

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    20 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Wiring diagram of entire mouse brain to be made publicly available: http://bit.ly/KT4uiZ  ..but what 2 do with it?! #braintweet #neuroscience

    20 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Insula&striatum= critical areas on continuum from sexual desire to romantic love: http://bit.ly/MFmVKp  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    19 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Victorian sports doping: http://bit.ly/MptXRP  ..in Peru I tried coca tea so can vouch for it -much more stimulating than coffee! #braintweet

    19 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How to survive a spear through the skull: http://abcn.ws/NMc2tw  …don’t take it out until you get to hospital – or you’ll die #braintweet

    18 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Power and success work through the same [brain] circuit as sex and cocaine” Ian Robertson: http://bit.ly/Lz8FQv  #braintweet #psychology

    18 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A candidate for one of the most bizarre biomedical research topics ever investigated?: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2602466  #braintweet

    18 Jun Science Museum Science Museum ‏@sciencemuseum

    #LunchtimeReading: Alan Turing: the free-thinker who programmed our world http://ow.ly/bDTc4

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    18 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Arrowsmith schools(which offer cognitive training for kids with learning disabilities)expands to Australia: http://bit.ly/KELWYv  #braintweet

    15 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What’s the point of blushing? http://bit.ly/Fqldg  More likely to be forgiven a social faux pas.. apparently #braintweet #psychology #social

    14 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Poor sleep leads to rise in anticipatory responses in amygdala, especially in anxious people: http://nydn.us/M81VKl  #braintweet #neuroscience

    14 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain implant for new age prosthetic limbs to be powered by cerebrospinal fluid: http://bit.ly/LAW4iU  #braintweet #neuroscience #paralympics

    13 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Can food make people happy? A nice summary of physiol vs psych FX courtesy of TLC: http://bit.ly/MrjCWU  #braintweet #neuroscience #happiness

    13 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Blocking FAAH enzyme (breaks down brain’s natual cannibinoids) may lead to new treatment4anxiety disorders: http://bit.ly/MDa3S2  #braintweet

    11 Jun John Hosier John Hosier ‏@colonialdude

    “@Tangram100: #Chinese mindfulness #meditation prompts double #positive punch in #brain white matter http://bit.ly/Ky2ElJ  #BrainTweet”

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    12 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Low dopamine in midbrain & striatum of human brain linked to aggressive as opposed to strategic behaviours: http://bit.ly/OkT35N  #braintweet

    12 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The future of brain surgery? Pulling brain tumours out through the nose: http://bit.ly/LYHpvE  #braintweet #neurosurgery

    12 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    White matter density increases in “self-regulation” brain areas after just 11hrs meditation: http://bit.ly/NuZ4iu  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I’d love2know where in brain this guy’s tumour was? http://abcn.ws/L9l52P  Tumours CAN cause very abnormal behaviour #braintweet #neuroscience

    7 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    +’ve imagery improves symptoms of depression best when fMRI images from own brain are viewed: http://bbc.in/LqayTL  #braintweet #neuroscience

    7 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Future stem cell therapies looks bright. Skin cells turned into brain stem cells with single genetic tweak: http://bit.ly/KlLB87  #braintweet

    7 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Virtual reality studies investigating deja vu find familiar spatial layout in a new environment may be key: http://bit.ly/McPIWT  #braintweet

    6 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fatty acids may be key 2control immune system4better control of multiple sclerosis in future: http://buswk.co/KiwFry  #braintweet #neuroscience

    6 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Symptoms of brain cancer easily confused with non-life-threatening illnesses;late diagnosis..bad prognosis: http://bbc.in/L9VUNW  #braintweet

    6 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Increased risk of psychosis during adult life for premature babies (+behavioural problems as kids): http://bit.ly/KRpLu6  #braintweet #neuro

    5 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Guilt & the brain mechanism by which self-blame might spill over into depression: http://lat.ms/LvSO61  #braintweet #neuroscience #fMRI

    5 Jun PsyPost.org PsyPost.org ‏@PsyPost

    Anxious girls’ brains work harder http://bit.ly/M4uEOU

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    5 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Depression induced by stroke seems to involve disruption in the brain’s default-mode network: http://bit.ly/L06iYl  #braintweet #neuroscience

    1 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @sandoz “The Information” by James Gleick – is brilliant. Reminds me of our first discussion: entropy, comms, machines…highly recommended!

    1 Jun Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    FOCUS (the BBC’s science & tech magazine) is particularly good this month. I’d highly recommend going out&buying it immediately! #braintweet

    31 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    As humans age our body odour changes,so our brains can judge a person’s age(roughly)from just their smell!: http://bit.ly/LJJSMz  #braintweet

    31 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I really admire David Nutt’s bold, blunt honesty -banning drugs hampers research: http://reut.rs/KLIx6e  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    30 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Stem cell hope for Huntington Disease patients on the horizon after promising early results: http://bit.ly/N666aB  #braintweet #neuroscience

    30 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neuroscientists support musical strategies 4 getting going in the morning & calming down after an argument: http://bit.ly/JIPQPA  #braintweet

    30 May Tom Ziessen Tom Ziessen ‏@tomziessen

    My film exploring fMRI lie detection shown at ‘The Legal Mindfield’ @ExploreWellcome is here http://bit.ly/KavcHU  with thanks to @WCMT_UK

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    30 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Large Aussie trial 2 use MRI 2 ascertain impact of aspirin on blood flow 2 brain in elderly: http://bit.ly/KVGitX  #braintweet #neuroscience

    29 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Human brain responds to bright light…shone into ear hole!: http://on.mktw.net/MVb9NF  ..selection pressure driving that? Hmm? #braintweet #neuro

    29 May Jon Sutton Jon Sutton ‏@jonmsutton

    Particularly for @cfernyhough @jonahlehrer etc RT @ianwalker: .@iain_white Best. Scientific. Paper. Ever http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1311997/pdf/jaba00061-0143a.pdf …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Getting it only half right (at first) ultimately leads to brilliant discoveries in the long run: http://bit.ly/KJHSmP  #braintweet #science

    26 May Jamie F. Lawson Jamie F. Lawson ‏@drlawson

    Humans and monkeys seem primed to acquire fear of spiders, snakes, but only if they see others afraid first. Social referencing. #science140

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The human brain is more sensitive to the negative than the positive: http://newspr.es/L01TUh  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    28 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Couple who wrote iBrain (dreadful) now pushing anti-Alz program: http://bit.ly/MTHdyS  seems perfectly reasonable: #braintweet #neuroscience

    28 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New technique nudging stem cells down pathway2 “neuron-hood” in “natural” way=quicker,safer,better neurons: http://bit.ly/JzACrh  #braintweet

    28 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What your brain is up to when you are asleep: http://bit.ly/Kzb7ru  (mostly speculative) #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #sleep

    25 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Marbles: The Brain Store – what a good name for a company supplying mind bending games!: http://cnet.co/JONvSr  #braintweet #In

    24 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How strong connectivity within the brain, mediated by healthy white matter tracts, relates to intelligence: http://bit.ly/JeTbje  #braintweet

    24 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    We’ve known for some time that little used synapses are trimmed away;now we know how brains actually do it: http://bit.ly/JouRQE  #braintweet

    23 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Teen brain sensitivity2rejection, 3D body scans2help #anorexia &Jonah Lehrer on fiction: http://bbc.in/LhbRyS  by @claudiahammond #braintweet

    23 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Exercise is great for brain health in many ways: http://bit.ly/KLCpgC  Even helps #ADHD in adolescence (BDNF genotype dependent) #braintweet

    23 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MRIs done before Japanese tsunami enable brain regions involved in PTSD 2B identified after: http://bit.ly/KEGbED  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 May Neuromarketing Neuromarketing ‏@neuromarketing

    Persuade with Silky Smooth Copy via Neuromarketing – It shouldn’t surprise Neuromarketing readers … http://tinyurl.com/cdz88m5

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    23 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    GET OUT&PLAY:warning on excessive time kids spent gawping@screens,resulting dependence&related morbidities: http://bbc.in/KH2Rbj  #braintweet

    23 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Today’s Google Doodle is wicked. Take five mins to have a mess around… I haven’t played “The Entertainer” in years! #braintweet

    22 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain Coach Live went down extremely well today (as part of a trio with the excellent Adrian Webster&Struan Robertson) #braintweet #In

    21 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What bird brains teach us about how we learn by trial & error: http://bit.ly/JIkkRm  (what role basal ganglia play) #braintweet #neuroscience

    21 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A squirt of oxytocin gives autistic brains a boost in areas involved in social behaviour: http://bit.ly/KFhet5  #braintweet #neuroscience

    18 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Novel fMRI study shows intense cognitive distraction eliminates pain at level of spinal cord: http://bit.ly/JzrEie  #braintweet #neuroscience

    18 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Playstation to board the brain train this autumn: http://bit.ly/Jcj6N9  But will it have substance? Or just style? #braintweet #braintraining

    16 May Ö. Ezgi Aktürk Ö. Ezgi Aktürk ‏@ezgiakt

    Paralyzed Man Regains Hand Function after Breakthrough Nerve Rewiring Procedure http://bit.ly/JjSJ2q  (via @dambil) #neuroplasticity

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    18 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Insights into the #neuroplasticity that can lead to chronic pain syndromes: http://bit.ly/Jc8tdd  #braintweet #neuroscience #pain

    17 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Check out video footage of quadriplegic using brain implant2control robot arm: http://bit.ly/JlPHLi  #braintweet #neuroscience #neurosurgery

    17 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Using 3D printer to create model of brain from MRI: http://bit.ly/JjdeD8  (NB brain chocolate PR stunt=not so cool) #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Phineas Gage’s brain damage accurately mapped over 150yrs after explosion skewered his skull: http://bit.ly/JhC5q2  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    #24hrsAE is absolutely brilliant… We take for granted in the UK how lucky we are to have such incredible trauma care at our disposal I♥NHS

    16 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I’m glad there are agencies out there cracking down on over-inflated claims about vitamin supplements: http://n24.cm/KeHSa0  #braintweet #In

    16 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Snacking on sugary foods may interfere with your cognition (but omega 3 can compensate!): http://bit.ly/JjggRg  #braintweet #neuroscience #In

    15 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Environments mould human brains that adapt their environments to which their brains adapt…: http://bit.ly/LMO2Sb  #braintweet #neuroscience

    15 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Does B-amyloid really cause Alzheimer’s? New drug2B tested on Columbian family will find out: http://reut.rs/JeemYJ  #braintweet #neuroscience

    15 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    CanUimagine needing2learn how2knock out ur own daughter? Epilepsy surgery prevents the need: http://bit.ly/IUJOpR  #braintweet #neurosurgery

    14 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brainput from MIT: http://bit.ly/JboOzZ  -fNIRS detects brain states indicative of multi-tasking to provide a “cyber-helpinghand” #braintweet

    14 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain scans before and after giving birth reveal growth in hypothalamus,amygdala,mid-brain… http://bit.ly/M8c64P  #braintweet #neuroscience

    14 May Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    This Saturday afternoon @wellcometrust: Brains on Film http://bit.ly/JjTl7N

    14 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Alan Turing: http://bit.ly/JyqKPg  – “the world’s first computer scientist”?!..surely that was Babbage&his difference engine? #braintweet #In

    11 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Critical periods in brain development: http://bit.ly/LwjUKO  #braintweet #neuroscience

    11 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Apparently Santino the rock hurling chimp has been stockpiling ammunition in advance since 1997!!: http://bit.ly/ah94r8  #braintweet

    11 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Seems humans not alone in planning ahead-chimp collects rocks(before zoo opens) 2hurl at visitors later on: http://bit.ly/JoPRUQ  #braintweet

    11 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    An unexpected treat to cross paths with @claudiahammond today…hopefully next time we’ll get to have a proper chat… mind, brains etcetera

    10 May Earl K. Miller Earl K. Miller ‏@MillerLabMIT

    Even monkeys don’t like unfair economic policies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QijfsvQO-5…

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    10 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    EEG brain scanning – at home – just for fun… fastforward10yrs – everyone will have one: http://bit.ly/ILoy4M  #braintweet #neuroscience #In

    10 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Watch out kids – big brother is watching you – to try and catch your autism early: http://bit.ly/KC29gm  #braintweet #neuroscience #In

    9 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    To get a sense of just how amazingly complex the wiring of the brain really is, check this: http://bit.ly/IKOWR8  #braintweet #neuroscience

    9 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Anyone up for watching a bit of live brain surgery? http://abcn.ws/JrzA2L  #braintweet #neurosurgery #neuroscience #In

    9 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Disclosing personal information via social media activates brain reward pathways (VTA/NAcc): http://lat.ms/JcmJQL  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 May Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    Our ancestors’ squishy skulls led to bulging brains http://on.msnbc.com/IWMCEF  Bipedalism, birth and brain evolution http://gu.com/p/37d5d/tw

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    8 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    But are psychopaths born with less grey matter in brain areas for processing social signals?: http://reut.rs/ID6Jon  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MRI can distinguish between psychopaths and those with pure anti-social personality disorder: http://reut.rs/ID6Jon  #braintweet #neuroscience

    4 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Legendary psychologist Liz Spelke on studying infant behaviour2understand brain development: http://nyti.ms/IPZrj1  #braintweet #psychology

    4 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Eye implant gives rudimentary vision (basic monochrome outline of objects) back to two blind Brits: http://bit.ly/KYCrBH  #braintweet

    4 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What’s the difference between a metaphor & a similie? It’s all in the brain: http://bit.ly/JHwZS3  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    3 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Ancestral gene duplication slowed the process of brain growth for enlargement of human brain: http://bit.ly/JFq8bY  #braintweet #neuroscience

    3 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Yet more reasons to regularly eat foods rich in omega-3 (like salmon, tuna, sardines etc.): http://bit.ly/IynGT7  #braintweet

    3 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Which side of brain governs approach motivation is opposite for left and right handers: http://bit.ly/IVMvXg  #braintweet #neuroscience

    2 May Pete Cashmore Pete Cashmore ‏@mashable

    How One App Eases Cancer Treatment for Children http://on.mash.to/IUyysH

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    2 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Thanks for the heads up @sandoz re: “How we will build an artificial human brain”: http://on.io9.com/JT4QG9  #braintweet #neuroscience #In

    2 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Dopamine’s opposing influence on work rate in striatum (higher motivation) vs. anterior insula (slacking): http://ind.pn/IGs1Eu  #braintweet

    2 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @sandoz Mankind will build an artificial brain w/ tech that hasn’t been invented yet, millions of collaborative man hrs (&great difficulty)

    2 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Chill Your Brain. Ambulance service to trial brain cooling device2help save lives and minimise brain injury http://bbc.in/Jo2Xyd  #braintweet

    2 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Beatboxing (using only vocals2create sound of many instruments)depends heavily on cerebellum: http://bbc.in/jomyrZ  #braintweet #neuroscience

    1 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “The human brain is an engine of belief. Our minds continually consume, produce and attempt to integrate ideas…” Sam Harris #braintweet

    1 May Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    Bilingualism enhances pitch perception and attentional mechanisms http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/04/23/1201575109 …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    1 May Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Exposure to a pesticide called chlorpyrifos in the womb associated with abnormalities in brain development: http://tinyurl.com/c5qxg74  #braintweet

    30 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    My latest re-tweaked 2012 showreel is up on YouTube: http://bit.ly/Kqi4J2  … I’d be really grateful if you’d log in & “like” it #braintweet

    30 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Company plans to transplant brain into robot & fly it into space ;-) Ambitious timelines to say the least!: http://bit.ly/Ibzu0O  #braintweet

    30 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain damage caused by brutal attack unleashes previously unknown mathematical genius: http://bit.ly/Iqyi92  #braintweet #neuroscience

    30 Apr Dr. SunWolf Dr. SunWolf ‏@TheSocialBrain

    The neurobiological roots of justice—willingness to punish others who lie, cheat, steal, even when we weren’t harmed: http://alturl.com/og9ox

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    30 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    But once fMRI has ID’ed teens “at risk” of experimenting with drugs-then what? Ground them for life? http://bit.ly/JnHRTw  #braintweet #neuro

    27 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It seems that if you think very carefully and analytically… religious belief fades away: http://huff.to/JK08yf  #braintweet #psychology

    27 Apr SciAm MIND SciAm MIND ‏@sciammind

    MIND Reviews: Imagine: How Creativity Works http://bit.ly/K8tJjL

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    27 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A few pigeon steps closer to understanding how bird brain GPS reads earth’s magnetic field: http://bbc.in/JeGVOn  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Apr Sam McNerney Sam McNerney ‏@SamMcNerney

    To See Humans’ Progress, Zoom Out http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/02/26/are-people-getting-dumber/zoom-out-and-youll-see-people-are-improving … @sapinker

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    26 Apr Science News Science News ‏@Science_Info

    Brain Plasticity: Learning mechanism of the adult brain revealed http://bit.ly/Iz8xCl

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    25 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Active cognitive lifestyle in later life keeps dementia at bay in a variety of different ways http://bit.ly/I96aY9  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Apr Scientific American Scientific American ‏@sciam

    Why Light Touching Can Double Your Chances of Getting a Date [Excerpt] http://bit.ly/IIiStU

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    25 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Studying link between mood (bipolar disorder) &brain’s “solar-powered” day-night clock (SCN): http://bit.ly/JprN2K  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fascinating insight into paraplegic man who controls robot from 100km away by focusing his mind entirely: http://buswk.co/I8x5TY  #braintweet

    24 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Grey matter lost at twice the rate in people addicted to cocaine versus non-users: http://yhoo.it/K68HNW  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Lovely illustrated guide on how to mediate effectively to take the pressure off our overstimulated brains: http://bit.ly/Jtcut9  #braintweet

    23 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Hotdesking adventures bring me2 @ShineComms this week.Whole company applauded as I walked in.Complete coincidence.Aimed at someone else! #In

    23 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Ice-cream-head pain explained by dilation of anterior cerebral artery in response to intense cold: http://fxn.ws/I589gJ  #braintweet

    20 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fascinating insights from neurologist-turned-teacher into info overload at school: http://bit.ly/IWJoNg  #braintweet #teaching #neuroscience

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    20 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What goes on inside the female brain when they view hardcore pornography: http://huff.to/IAJRqp  #braintweet #neuroscience

    20 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The truth behind #subliminal advertising: http://bit.ly/HFSGiC  (it’s nothing to worry about) #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    20 Apr Guardian Science Guardian Science ‏@guardianscience

    The cost of supporting the parasitic academic publishing industry is stifling science | Peter Coles http://gu.com/p/372yk/tw

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    20 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Boxers’ brains monitored over many years to enable intervention before brain shrinks: http://bit.ly/HSssbo  #braintweet #neuroscience #boxing

    19 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Superman’s dream-an important step closer2helping those w/ spinal cord damage regain control: http://bit.ly/HVhANT  #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Apr Earl K. Miller Earl K. Miller ‏@MillerLabMIT

    There is no “God spot” in the brain;spirituality is complex and engages multiple brain areas?? Shocking! http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120419091223.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    19 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    #BrainCoach Live seemed to go down very well indeed at South Hampstead High. Great crowd. 40mins not enough.. so much more2tell! #braintweet

    19 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Very much looking forward to giving my #BrainCoach talk at South Hampstead High School this afternoon #braintweet – hope it goes down well

    18 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I had no idea that very severe OCD can be treated by chopping out the anterior cingulate: http://bit.ly/I4JdQd  #braintweet #neurosurgery

    18 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Exercise.. does more to bolster thinking than thinking does”: http://nyti.ms/IYbfmO  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #fitness #BOPs

    18 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Larger nucleus accumbens response predicts women who will put on weight (or have more sex): http://fxn.ws/IljBB7  #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Why women get migraines more than men: http://bit.ly/J8iSSe  #braintweet

    17 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Creativity by Lehrer. PFC in improv jazz, surfing with Asperger’s, painting talent inspired thru’ dementia: http://tgr.ph/HMO0v0  #braintweet

    17 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “fly through brain, zooming in on fine structure..zooming out to watch flow of info between brain regions”: http://bit.ly/HPBPKA  #braintweet

    16 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Are your parents smoking weed / cannabis on the sly? Numbers of late middle-aged UK stoners getting higher: http://bit.ly/HFOWPc  #braintweet

    16 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Entrain your brain to new habits before attempting a diet… it improves outcomes (allegedly): http://bit.ly/IY7YhM  #braintweet

    16 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Legendary scientist Paul Thompson uses crowd sourcing brain research2 ID intelligence genes: http://nyti.ms/HIL4iK  #braintweet #neuroscience

    13 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Promising new gene therapy injection4 Parkinson’s disease “re-programming” striatum2 produce more dopamine: http://huff.to/HFLW6I  #braintweet

    13 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    World’s largest Catholic country abolishes law banning abortion of foetuses whose brains fail to develop: http://reut.rs/HEFr2w  #braintweet

    12 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain areas vital for general intelligence ID’ed with help of brain damaged Vietnam veterans: http://bit.ly/IGgpRm  #braintweet #neuroscience

    12 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Whilst on subject of clever advertising @smartArg devised novel use 4 Twitter feed. Go to their full profile page &hold down ‘j’ #braintweet

    12 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Masterful advertising: all key ingredients necessary to grab attention,stoke emotion & stick in memory: http://bit.ly/HB7VJX  #braintweet #In

    11 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Key driving force behind enlargement of human brain? Teamwork: http://bit.ly/HvpREy  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology #In

    10 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Short video from @sciammind providing a whistlestop tour around key areas of the human brain: http://bcove.me/zfygvjn0  #braintweet #neuroscience

    10 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Footballers boast superior executive function – higher the league, better the brain function: http://nyti.ms/HYcy1h  #braintweet #psychology

    10 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Good overview of latest research identifying early differences in autistic brain development: http://usat.ly/Huwb4E  #braintweet #neuroscience

    9 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The future of fMRI brain imaging: http://bit.ly/HdWDJP  (relieved there is 1 as I’m starting a new post-doc in Oct) #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Apr Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    My very talented girlfriend made a film about Gunther von Hagens’ take on the #crucifixion, tonight 10pm on Ch4: http://bit.ly/Hix0HQ

    29 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Now you too can make music with your brainwaves: http://tinyurl.com/bt7t6ox  … fun to make, but awful to listen to no doubt ;-) #braintweet

    28 Mar Science News Science News ‏@Science_Info

    Meditation Improves Emotional Behaviors in Teachers, Study Finds http://bit.ly/Hn8dUa

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    28 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fantastic green screen shooting facilities up @ the CLC in Rotherham-best I’ve ever used #braintweet http://yfrog.com/kf4arzmj

    28 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Georgeous looking book ap for kids that tells the story of their brain: http://bit.ly/GWoMoA  … Wish I’d thought of that!! #braintweet #In

    27 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Einstein’s brain had enlarged parietal cortex and too many gilal cells. Now it’s to be exhibited at the WT: http://reut.rs/Haokqd  #braintweet

    27 Mar Earl K. Miller Earl K. Miller ‏@MillerLabMIT

    As an attention scientist, I declare this is a prudent decision: City Completely Bans All Cell Phone Use While Driving http://gizmodo.com/5896729/us-city-completely-bans-all-cell-phone-use-while-driving-yes-that-includes-bluetooth …

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    27 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    David Cameron issues “Challenge on Dementia”; will other world leaders follow suit?: http://bit.ly/GUSpfd  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Undetectable brain tumours will soon be able to hide no longer with breakthrough in medical dye for MRI: http://bit.ly/GUH9cW  #braintweet

    26 Mar Geraint Rees Geraint Rees ‏@profgeraintrees

    Increased modularity of human brain activity during NREM sleep http://bit.ly/GU74rS

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    26 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Very dissappointed no MRI pic included to show cue tip lodged in brain. “Slip” my eye, bar brawl I’d wager: http://bit.ly/GNg4KC  #braintweet

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    26 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brace yourself for an avalanche of brain training aps… here is BrainSwaggle2; fun & good for brains!: http://bit.ly/H6pLHg  #braintweet #ln

    26 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Got a massive spam (forehead)? This be indicative of a large social network… (possibly): http://onforb.es/GRAqAF  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Insulin-resistance in the brain can accelerate cognitive impairment even in non-diabetics: http://bit.ly/GJsSm8  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Mar Psychology News Psychology News ‏@PsychologyNow

    Anxiety Makes Brain Poor At Maths For Some Children: A study from the Stanford University Scho… http://bit.ly/GSCiOC  #psychology #news

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    23 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Memory champ explains how you can do it too: http://bit.ly/GJJvkY  #braintweet #psychology #memory #braintips #ln

    23 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Just finished final edit of up2date showreel w/ help of digital genius @davidcurtis Editing is a long grind!! Watch this space. #hraintweet

    22 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Love brains? Now you can get one on your iPhone or iPad: http://bit.ly/GRxLdk  #braintweet #neuroscience

    22 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Microsoft man plunges big wads of cash into neuroscience research -thanks Paul, much obliged: http://nyti.ms/GILZv8  #braintweet #neuroscience

    22 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Boycott fast food or pay the consequences of cognitive decline…obesity=atherosclerosis in body AND brain: http://abcn.ws/GPI6Vx  #braintweet

    21 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MRI provides new evidence on how Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias spread across brain: http://bit.ly/GDW0yK  #braintweet #neuroscience

    21 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    But will insula size also correlate with personality factors in people without a genetic brain disorder?: http://bit.ly/GBRVYf  #braintweet

    21 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Nanotherapy smuggles radiation-emitting isotopes deep inside the brain – causing less collateral damage: http://bit.ly/GDhOU5  #braintweet

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    20 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Performing surgery on two brains simultaneously? Surely that’s showing off: http://bit.ly/GCkdQL  – talented man!! #braintweet #neurosurgery

    20 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Look2China4glimpse of future. Clever art installation carries timely warning re: tech immersion: http://bit.ly/GE0ySw  (via @StringsLondon)

    20 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Step closer 2 cracking the riddle of how electroconvulsive therapy actually helps remedy severe depression: http://bbc.in/Ag6xZP  #braintweet

    20 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Finally a decent article on whether soldier’s brain injury could really have induced killing spree: http://bit.ly/GCgTp2  #braintweet #neuro

    19 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @sophiescott to have a neuroscientist of your calibre favourite a #braintweet of mine is a great honour! -always been a big fan of your work

    19 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Knackered cops unable2 ID suspect after a chase – exercise-induced depletion in cognitive resources blamed: http://bit.ly/xGi56J  #braintweet

    19 Mar SciAm MIND SciAm MIND ‏@sciammind

    Social psych tips for successful weight loss: http://ow.ly/9JTxn

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    19 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Further from previous brainblog: http://bit.ly/r12F4h  how green spaces can accelerate the healing process: http://bit.ly/zQ3sen  #braintweet

    19 Mar SciAm MIND SciAm MIND ‏@sciammind

    Feeling productive this morning? Stay far, far away from this beautiful, science-rich brain game: http://ow.ly/9JRT5

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    19 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New cure4tinnitus squashes ringing sound generated in brain w/ headphones that play tone of matching pitch: http://huff.to/wVMUoh  #braintweet

    16 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What goes on in brains that always seem to forget everything after a night on the booze?: http://fxn.ws/AmF8Uj  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How brands are and are not permitted to use Facebook Timeline as of 30th March: http://bit.ly/zECeoU  #braintweet #ln

    16 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Keeping eye on vision for early warning on brain: http://bbc.in/zLvVVN  Retinal blood vessel health ~ brain blood vessel health #braintweet

    15 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “4every neuron that receives..input from..outside world..10-100 do not..brain is therefore talking mostly2itself” ;-) Sam Harris #braintweet

    15 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Pearl wins computing world’s equiv of Nobel 4creating AI systems that mimic design features of human brain: http://bit.ly/zpIzWW  #braintweet

    15 Mar Jamie Joseph Jamie Joseph ‏@jamie__joseph

    the psychology of e-readers and memory http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/14/do-e-books-impair-memory/ … #kindle

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    15 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Yet more evidence of brain plasticity: more years of mediation practice –> more folding in brain tissue: http://bit.ly/wR2Jop  #braintweet

    15 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The “brain fog” that strikes around time of menopause primarily interferes with working memory: http://bit.ly/yixuxA  #braintweet #psychology

    14 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Eating too much fatty food makes people more irritable and aggressive: http://bit.ly/w4LP9k  #braintweet #psychology

    14 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MyBrainSolutions – another brain health website this time targeted at the corporate professional, it seems: http://bit.ly/A4eUOj  #ln

    14 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MyBrainSolutions – another brain health website this time targeted at the corporate professional, it seems: http://bit.ly/A4eUOj  #braintweet

    13 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Nice concept! Amazing learning capacity of human baby brain to inspire next generation of robot brains: http://huff.to/zocA58  #braintweet

    13 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Men suffer cognitive stage fright when they think they’re being observed by a woman: http://bit.ly/AfvIfW  #braintweet #psychology

    13 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Any studies out there 2support anecdotes http://bit.ly/yJAYQ1  that persistant interruption by email/text etc ruins productivity? #braintweet

    13 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Wanna ditch those reading glasses? (#2) Correct long-sightedness by spending long periods of time in space: http://bit.ly/wTvBmT  #braintweet

    13 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    On smartphones vs desktop internet: “the value of depth was replaced by that of immediacy masquerading as relevancy” D. Rushkoff #braintweet

    12 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Wanna ditch those reading glasses? Train brain on demanding visual task2correct old age long-sightedness: http://1.usa.gov/xPmeax  #braintweet

    12 Mar Sarah-JayneBlakemore Sarah-JayneBlakemore ‏@sjblakemore

    fantastic clip of neuroscientists estimating how much of the brain is conscious: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00pyhx2 …

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    12 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Using LSD to treat alcoholism: http://bit.ly/xr9oRt  – “making the brain function more chaotically..like shaking up a snow globe” #braintweet

    12 Mar Wired UK Wired UK ‏@WiredUK

    Data glove could help diagnosis and treatment of arthritis http://bit.ly/AAR5mJ  by @KatieScott1980

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    12 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Consciousness=CEO, subconscious brain is all the other employees. CEO just deals with most pressing issues: http://tinyurl.com/749k7ob  #braintweet

    9 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Careful with ur Ritalin dosing.. low doses improve concentration (in ADHD) but high doses have negative FX: http://bit.ly/xaEOkz  #braintweet

    9 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Re: previous #braintweet … #dttah = new hashtag that stands for “don’t try this at home” (aimed at people who watch too much YouTube ;-)

    9 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    No need to insert electrodes deep inside brain. Zapping it from the outside also lifts depression!: http://bit.ly/Amgh9x  #braintweet #dttah

    8 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Characteristics of a person’s heartbeat can tell you about their personality: http://1.usa.gov/y3HGQ3  – now I’ve heard it all!! #braintweet

    8 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Humans, born to cooperate: http://bit.ly/yYvsfN  I’m not convinced… are you? #braintweet #psychology

    8 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    For those who missed it… I recently posted this brainblog about creativity and the brain: http://bit.ly/AkZ2kY  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    As brain areas controlling impulses mature from 6–>13 years old = bargaining skills improve: http://bit.ly/zj1fZ8  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Streching brain power in middle age is vitally important to keep dementia at bay in later life: http://nyti.ms/AcHONS  #braintweet #psychology

    7 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Google is old hat. A glimpse of the future: http://bit.ly/yiBoPu  How might knowledge browsers like this affect our brain power? #braintweet

    7 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New brainblog describing a recent talk I gave on “Creativity and the Brain”: http://bit.ly/AkZ2kY  #braintweet #neuroscience #creativity

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    7 Mar Brain Science Brain Science ‏@TheBrainScience

    Brain Food, Fox Medical Team Explains http://sns.mx/yQhry0

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    7 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    If you find earworms as fascinating as I do: http://bbc.in/zwWelQ  you should check out Oliver Sacks’ brilliant book MUSICOPHILIA #braintweet

    7 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Concussed kids may suffer mild cognitive impairment for up to a year: http://bit.ly/Ast8w7  -or maybe just parental rating bias? #braintweet

    7 Mar Dr. SunWolf Dr. SunWolf ‏@TheSocialBrain

     

    {The Power of Habit} How the habit loop forms in our brain and how to interrupt it: http://alturl.com/jqdaq

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    7 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Amygdala does not just trigger alarm bells – but processes any event “of immediate concern”: http://bit.ly/xIcbNp  #braintweet #neuroscience

    6 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    What a (near) waste of a good brain: http://bit.ly/yoUlpN  – brain donation to medical research (almost) scuppered by redtape #braintweet

    6 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Interview with living neuro-legend and Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel in the NYT: http://bit.ly/zbzg7S  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    6 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Intensive computer gaming changes brains for better and for worse: http://fxn.ws/Ab0maq  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    6 Mar Brain Science Brain Science ‏@TheBrainScience

    Study shows how new information is encoded into prefrontal cortex – News http://sns.mx/yqhpy0

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    5 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Anything that improves working memory increases IQ (Klingberg)& iPhone game “Memneon” nails that perfectly: http://bit.ly/iSAW1f  #braintweet

    5 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Interview with neuroeconomist Paul Zak on oxytocin, trust&decisions about money: http://bit.ly/wxBMyc  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    5 Mar 99U 99U ‏@99u

    How the history of toothpaste explains the way habits are formed – http://slate.me/ztJP4L

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    1 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Connectome research(tracing brain connections)yields pretty pictures,but what can it tell us? http://bit.ly/Au61u4  #braintweet #neuroscience

    1 Mar Neuro Science Neuro Science ‏@TheNeuroScience

    How marijuana makes you forget http://sns.mx/xIkGy0

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    1 Mar Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Committee to consider many important questions about future of merging brains with machines: http://bbc.in/xFplpZ  #braintweet #neuroscience

    1 Mar New Scientist New Scientist ‏@newscientist

    No sense revising psychiatry’s bible, we need a system based on brain physiology http://bit.ly/ye0f4D

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    29 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Hopefully making brain cells from human skin cells will be a better model for psychiatric drug development: http://bit.ly/zeVA5g  #braintweet

    29 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neuromarketing banned in France2prevent hype damaging reputation of scientific brain imaging: http://bit.ly/w58BZn  #braintweet #neuroscience

    29 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    EAT FISH-correlation between lower omega-3 oils in blood&increased brain shrinkage in humans: http://ti.me/zR44oo  #braintweet #neuroscience

    28 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Talk I just did at RSA “neuroscience of creativity”went down very well. Great2have another offering tucked into the utility belt #braintweet

    27 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

     

    Neurologist succinctly outlines difference between brain death vs. coma vs. vegetative state: http://bit.ly/y39jpu  #braintweet #neuroscience

    27 Feb Amy Jo Kim Amy Jo Kim ‏@amyjokim

    Reducing cognitive load is what good design is all about. http://bit.ly/y7MAWj  #pinterest

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    27 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Mysterious, but highly effective, mood stabilising drug Lithium boosts brain cells’ myelin: http://bit.ly/zCh27s  #braintweet #neuroscience

    24 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Like I was saying… teenagers taking risks is a perfectly normal side effect of brain maturation: http://bit.ly/w5IHyi  #braintweet

    24 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Sneaky peak of Joseph Le Doux’s theory of how emotion relates to brain circuits for survival: http://bit.ly/A7Axcn  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The neuroaesthetics of moving abstract art courtesy of my former PhD supervisor: http://bit.ly/xu6Dew  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    23 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Ever wonder what goes on in the teen brain? Watch it change through adolescence: http://bit.ly/z38XIf  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    23 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Marijuana is not (usually) addictive: http://bit.ly/wzmzHh  ..but tobacco is and they often go together #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    22 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Confounded? Surely all this shows is that we hold phone to ear closest to favoured hand (for that reason): http://bit.ly/ApgJz2  #braintweet

    22 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” Marcel Proust #braintweet

    22 Feb Pete Cashmore Pete Cashmore ‏@mashable

    Google Heads-Up Display Glasses Are Coming by the End of 2012 [REPORT] – http://on.mash.to/xDxvRj

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    22 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Where’s the plus sign in this tweet?This is how your brain can do that so fast: http://bit.ly/yxwfpC  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology +

    21 Feb Sam McNerney Sam McNerney ‏@SamMcNerney

    Atlantic’s Review of “This Will Make You Smarter,” by @edge http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/this-will-make-you-smarter-a-new-way-to-think-about-thinking/253059/ … via @davideagleman

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    21 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @annie_blackmore: What @jeevanvasagar wrote about Hackney UTC new generation of schools offers a cure for jobless youth http://gu.com/p/355fg/tw

    21 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The pain of losing money boils down to noradrenaline (and why its a good thing): http://bit.ly/zYdTsy  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    21 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Four times ironman champion offers her tips on how to make your brain as strong as your body: http://bit.ly/zrVnSK  #braintweet

    20 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain injury recovery=motivation2commit enough hrs2retraining undamaged brain areas2recover lost abilities: http://bit.ly/zc3LSJ  #braintweet

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    20 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MRI in a trailer on Kandahar airbase spots soldiers’ traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan: http://n.pr/zMwsxO  #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @sciammind Now that doesn’t happen everyday: retweet by none other than the mighty Sci Am MIND. Thanks for the seal of approval! #braintweet

    17 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Neuroplasticity of adult brain showcased by improving vision through playing computer games: http://bit.ly/ADtTwY  #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

     

    Accelerated white matter development aged 6 mths in infants diagnosed with autism at 2yrs: http://bit.ly/xIrW57  #braintweet #neuroscience

    17 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    This motley crew aren’t half bad at multitasking… but at what cost?: http://bit.ly/xOiX8S  #braintweet #psychology #neuroscience

    17 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It turns out that, although most people are rubbish at multitasking, some are exceptionally good at it: http://bit.ly/waFCbW  #braintweet

    16 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Chocolate high in flavanols good for your brain: http://reut.rs/zOJ8hY  (never would have made a #braintweet without link to published study)

    16 Feb SciAm MIND SciAm MIND ‏@sciammind

    Retailers learn how your habits influence your behavior: http://ow.ly/96SKv

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    16 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Investigating the chicken & egg betwen brain injury, addiction & incarceration: http://bit.ly/zUH5B9  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    15 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Is there anything that deep brain stimulation cannot do? Now it’s going to treat lung illnesses e.g. COPD!:http://bit.ly/wZqudE  #braintweet

    15 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “There is no longer any doubt that psychotherapy can result in detectable changes in the brain” Eric Kandel #braintweet #neuroscience

    15 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Pain is an opinion on the organism’s state of health rather than a mere reflexive response to injury” VS Ramachandran #braintweet

    14 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Wow – I’ve seen quantum dots used to label brain cells with beautiful colours…but never to control them!: http://bit.ly/xbVc3Q  #braintweet

    14 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain scans predict longevity of loving romance: http://bit.ly/xV8iFK  = a load of old cobblers (but a sweet Valentine’s tale) #braintweet

    14 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    History of abuse appears to shrink the hippocampus – a biological strategy to aid forgetting? http://bit.ly/zjybPT  #braintweet #neuroscience

    14 Feb Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Overeating (2000-6000 calories a day) doubles risk of mild cognitive impairment in over 70s (!) http://bit.ly/y9TWKe

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    13 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Organ donor system where opting out (rather than opting in) requires effort=guarantee of more availability: http://bit.ly/yXlNs8  #braintweet

    10 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @gpwhyte great 2 meet you today..all the best with filming..would have been lovely to work with you..alas I feel I may have been outflanked!

    10 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    I met a very interesting US brain scientist 2day who studies a parasite suspected of causing Schizophrenia: http://bit.ly/flhCwM  #braintweet

    10 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @simondwatt great to meet you today. I think we could work well together – if not on this one perhaps another day? Good luck. All best, J

    10 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Humans hear 20Hz-20kHz,but this freakish-looking primate cousin of ours hears ultrasound-right up to 90kHz: http://bit.ly/wTtTca  #braintweet

    9 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Prodigy uses different brain areas for mathematical calculation: http://1.usa.gov/zfh3JX  than us mere mortals: http://1.usa.gov/wr6zM0  #braintweet

    9 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    1st heard this from producer of I.N.G. – how a NY anatomist ended up inside a whale on a beach in Ireland: http://nyti.ms/zPY5RZ  #braintweet

    9 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Deep brain implants again! Navigational memory improved by zapping gateway 2 the hippocampus: http://bit.ly/AlWT6O  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Using basic smart phone technology/training2increase independence for those w/ serious memory impairments: http://bit.ly/vZ4Bq3  #braintweet

    8 Feb 99U 99U ‏@99u

    The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance – http://cot.ag/Ax8kSA

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    8 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Breakthrough allows treatments for Parkinson’s disease to be effectively explored in vitro: http://bbc.in/z1CEQC  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @charliecave99 pleasure charlie, thanks for the follow… DrJ

    8 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Ethical concerns over military applications for tools that enhance or degrade brain function: http://bit.ly/zWDohb  #braintweet #neuroscience

    8 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @JerBailey glad you got something out of it.. If you have any suggestions for brain blogs just let me know. Cheers DrJ

    8 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @domwwright thanks dom..glad you enjoyed it.. I’ve been invited back so see you next time!

    7 Feb Dom WW FT Dom WW FT ‏@domwwright

    @DrJackLewis really enjoyed your talk today, what you saying about following me back #braintweet

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    7 Feb Jerry Bailey Fryars Jerry Bailey Fryars ‏@JerBailey

    @DrJackLewis really enjoyed the talk today #braintweet RT? Follow Back?

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    7 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Lovely day for a Brain Coach talk.. I hope it goes down well #braintweet http://yfrog.com/mmfyqgj

    7 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “50yr old male smoker shows..similar cognitive decline as..60yr old male who never smoked” Severine Sabia: http://bit.ly/zm2o9E  #braintweet

    6 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Lumosity, a suite of online brain training games, hits 20 million registered users: http://bit.ly/yz3bF3  #braintweet

    6 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    In pursuit of flow: http://bit.ly/AfluJg  -can performance-boosting alpha waves be induced via brain electrocution? #neuroscience #braintweet

    6 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @jteramsden great to interview you at #music4life on Sat night… looking forward2developing that brain-friendly menu with U in coming weeks

    3 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Cancer Research 10th Birthday Celebration on Sat at Angel Islington Metalworks – see you there: http://www.facebook.com/events/223527404394250/ … #braintweet #music4life

    3 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The Tau of Alzheimer’s:if its neuron-to-neuron spread can be halted – brain should be spared: http://bit.ly/z9nkXY  #braintweet #neuroscience

    2 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “relationship between brain size and social network size is mediated by mentalising skills”: http://huff.to/AnMJ5d  #braintweet #neuroscience

    2 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Mother love makes kids’ hippocampi grow larger: http://ti.me/xMbMGv  …method sounds a bit tenuous to me #braintweet #neuroscience

    1 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Nostalgia=Back in Senate House library for 1st time since I was writing my PhD thesis (7yrs ago!!) http://yfrog.com/mmnd4fsj

    1 Feb Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    First owls, now humans – heard words reproduced from electrical responses in sound-processing neurons: http://bit.ly/AwjZNi  #braintweet

    31 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @millsustwo really well curated evening of talks. Very interesting stuff. Many thanks..

    31 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    @handcircus good to meet you – great talk – inspirational stuff!

    31 Jan Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Never go to bed angry! Sleeping after a -ve experience preserves the feeling (http://nyti.ms/w73J7T

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    31 Jan Psychology News Psychology News ‏@PsychologyNow

    Ketamine: Quick Fix for Severe Depression?: Source: ABC News – HealthKetamine, a prescription … http://bit.ly/wNKo8Y  #psychology #news

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    31 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    It seems drinking milk is not just good for your bones… good for your brain too: http://bit.ly/wpXBHe  #braintweet

    30 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Aussie shrinks: never retire or your brain will go to mush (words2that effect) http://bit.ly/xhTHco  ..they may well have a point #braintweet

    30 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Placenta produces serotonin for foetus: http://bit.ly/wuOx7Z  -would you pop afterbirth capsules to fight post-partum depression? #braintweet

    30 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fiercely bright, intimidatingly knowledgable, a great loss to neuroscience, RIP: http://bit.ly/wiGjPI  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    30 Jan MNT Psychology News MNT Psychology News ‏@mnt_psychology

    The Amygdala And Fear Are Not The Same Thing http://mnt.to/44mz  #psychology

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    28 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The offer is global… But flights can be expensive

    27 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    The many cognitive process that together enable your brain to complete that crossword: http://bit.ly/t9wkvi  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Any other #schools out there want to get involved in the Brain Coach Live BOGOF?: http://bit.ly/zj8ndl  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Unusual pattern of brain activation during eye contact can identify babies at risk of autism: http://reut.rs/xnT28l  #braintweet #neuroscience

    26 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Modern day quandary:would you electrocute your child if it meant their grades would improve?: http://bbc.in/Al0KFH  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Remote controlled mice: http://huff.to/yisk7x  …optogenetic light switch operated via WIFI is a fairer description #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Jan Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    On a relate note, see this – Seeing with eyes wide shut: Ayahuasca inner visions http://gu.com/p/325zy/tw

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    25 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    36 kindergarten kids scanned with fMRI to understand early stages of #dyslexia development: http://bit.ly/AAW65E  #braintweet #neuroscience

    25 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Competition hots up with new devices in the deep brain stimulation market: http://bit.ly/z4aVmy  #braintweet #neuroscience

    24 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Astonishing finding:more we stretch our mind, less Alz-inducing amyloid accumulates in brain: http://reut.rs/xWYlcW  #braintweet #neuroscience

    24 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Imperial neuroscientists experiment w/ magic mushrooms inside MRIscanner&find.. deactivation: http://ti.me/AldekS  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

     

    Incorruptible: brain areas supporting “sacred values” (eg left TPJ) immune to cash incentive: http://bit.ly/zaVupq  #braintweet #neuroscience

    23 Jan 99U 99U ‏@99u

    LED ceilings simulate the outdoor sky inside the office – http://cot.ag/AAB2r0

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    23 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Kind words from top Headmistress re: benefits of my “Brain Coach” workshop for teachers & pupils alike: http://bit.ly/zj8ndl  #braintweet

    23 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Why does empathy so often fail between opposing members of a conflict group(e.g. Israelis and Arabs)?: http://bit.ly/xccf2v  #braintweet

    20 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Man accidentally shoots himself in the head with a nail gun… and doesn’t even realise it: http://trib.in/xMlFbB  #braintweet

    20 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Might problems with NMDA receptors be key to cell death in Alzheimer’s? http://bit.ly/x3D6yG  #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Enthusiasm and doubt over #neuromarketing in equal measure: http://bit.ly/AfUXr3  What do you think? #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Interesting metaphor4how brain represents visual information&consequent effects of technology on the brain: http://onforb.es/AnDXHa  #braintweet

    19 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “we can have a real influence on how our brain ages through our lifestyle,” Prof Goodwin, AGE UK: http://bit.ly/zQJ1Ch  #braintweet

    19 Jan Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Very interesting article on how placebos have their effects through the Ps conceptualisation of the placebo (http://bit.ly/zC4jbX )

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    18 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    A more relaxed approach to a post-retirement brain training regime: http://tgr.ph/waoheO  .. and why not? #braintweet

    17 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    “Cyborg” rats! Microchip implanted into cerebellum = sensory input –> movement: http://bbc.in/x9zFkX  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    17 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New clinical trial2determine if progesterone = reason women recover better from brain injury: http://bit.ly/AEqdF3  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Predicting how life and the world will change over the next 100 years: http://bbc.in/ysqIX3  #braintweet

    16 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Iron levels during adolescence prove vital4healthy brain structure/function in later life: http://bit.ly/zB2p1m  #braintweet #neuroscience

    16 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Fantastic NYT blog on how perception,understanding & imagination can all be explained by predictive coding: http://nyti.ms/zFavbc  #braintweet

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    16 Jan Mo Costandi Mo Costandi ‏@mocost

    Blue Monday: a depressing day of pseudoscience and humiliation http://gu.com/p/34td6/tw

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    13 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New peer-reviewed study indicates Nintendo Brain Age game improves brain function in elderly: http://bit.ly/zSud2Z  #braintweet #neuroscience

    13 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Emerged from chat w/ @YesUCanHaveMore inspired in many ways e.g. so much scope2unite neuroforming with comm. outreach creativity #braintweet

    12 Jan Toby Mundy Toby Mundy ‏@tobymundy

    Might be today’s biggest news: “@martinvars: IBM smashes Moore’s Law, cuts bit size to 12 atoms – Computerworld http://bit.ly/zPjZsT ”

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    13 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    She may get a lot of stick, but I’m reading Tomorrow’s People at the moment and I’m really struck by how beautifully Susan Greenfield writes

    12 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Newly discovered hormone IRISIN produced during exercise converts “bad” white fat into “good” brown fat: http://nyti.ms/xwUg4X  #braintweet

    12 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Thank you @LindaAshcroft & @swiftbrush 4pointing out that today’s date is NOT palindromic..henceforth I shall tweet ONLY when fully awake!

    12 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Official: internet addiction linked to poor white matter connectivity in the OFC: http://bit.ly/Aw3sM9  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    12 Jan Graham Davey Graham Davey ‏@GrahamCLDavey

    Living with voices – an individual’s account of psychotic experiences (http://nyti.ms/xW5fkX )

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    11 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Opioid highs also achieved with a good run/cycle: http://bit.ly/hPgdWA  (so no using me as an excuse to get drunk!) #braintweet #neuroscience

    11 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Finally #neuroscience gets to bottom of why alcohol makes humans feel good: http://bit.ly/wCWz1m  …boils down to mu-endorphins #braintweet

    11 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    MRI study IDs host of overactive brain areas during common form of schizophrenic delusion: http://1.usa.gov/wcGmsk  #braintweet #neuroscience

    11 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    How your brain tells the difference between a face and something that just looks like a face: http://bit.ly/AAOo6s  #braintweet #neuroscience

    10 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Currently analysing an audio interview with a patient who sounds EXACTLY like the dad out of Family Guy…thought it was a wind up at first!

    10 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    re: http://bit.ly/xNi7qT  (both CBD & THC present in all cannabis but THC levels extremely high in skunk varieties) #braintweet #neuroscience

    10 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Beware of skunk! More evidence to suggests CannaBinDol balances out psychotic effects of THC: http://bit.ly/xNi7qT  #braintweet #neuroscience

    10 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain in a vat=forgotten repository of much needed DNA: http://bit.ly/yx5gma  (no longer just4thought experiments!) #braintweet #neuroscience

    9 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    re: Hawking’s inspiring 70th birthday advice “be curious…”: http://bit.ly/z2sQ2k  ..never accept ignorance-always ask questions #braintweet

    9 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain surgery without having to crack open the skull: http://bit.ly/Arn6HO  ..Gamma knife = very cool piece of tech #braintweet #neuroscience

    9 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Rehabiliation of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in head 1yr ago, aided music therapy: http://bit.ly/ADcTgJ  #braintweet #neuroscience

    6 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Read this last yr: http://bit.ly/yh5R7D  ..interesting,but no mention of what happens to all that #optimism in depressed brains? #braintweet

    6 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Is it really a surprise to science that (slight) cognitive decline starts at 45?: http://bbc.in/zQz0el  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    5 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Grey matter loss in prefrontal cortex occurs in teen schizophrenic, but not bipolar, brains: http://bit.ly/xumdzL  #braintweet #neuroscience

    5 Jan Mark Barber Mark Barber ‏@mark_barber

    If brands are seeking to make people happier in 2012 http://bit.ly/w1DwR2  this research suggests radio is a must-have http://tgr.ph/mcA45L

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    4 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Don’t get fat! MRI scans show damage in obese folks hypothalamus (site of hunger regulation): http://ti.me/yVfL5m  #braintweet #neuroscience

    4 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Deep brain stimulation treats depression not just in unipolar;bipolar disorder2!: http://bit.ly/wGqtpC  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    3 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Problems associated with even mild traumatic brain injury may B caused by changes in hormonal regulation http://bit.ly/uICxOS  #braintweet

    2 Jan Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    OregonBrainAgingStudy finds link between cognitive ability/brain volume&high level of circulating vitamins: http://bit.ly/us0grt  #braintweet

    27 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Feeling chirpy? That’d be all the turkey: rich in the essential amino acid “tryptophan” which your brain uses to make serotonin! #braintweet

    22 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    9 key areas in brain scans can indicate those most at risk of cognitive decline: http://ti.me/v3Y4mN  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    21 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    High blood pressure MAY contribute2increase incidence of brain tumours: http://bit.ly/u2ZEuX  (go easy on the pies) #braintweet #neuroscience

    20 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Keep ur brain young this Christmas “eat until 80% full”: http://ind.pn/sO8tzF  (to activate Creb1 like an Okinawan) #braintweet #neuroscience

    19 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    When being upsold – focus on other uses for that money … to avoid overspending when shopping: http://on.wsj.com/rJvcwE  #braintweet #psychology

    19 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Do not make large purchases right at end of day..to avoid overspending when Christmas shopping: http://on.wsj.com/rJvcwE  #braintweet #psychology

    19 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Decide a budget and go shopping solo… to avoid overspending when Christmas shopping: http://on.wsj.com/rJvcwE  #braintweet #psychology

    19 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Pay in cash & leave credit/debit cards at home..to avoid overspending when Christmas shopping: http://on.wsj.com/rJvcwE  #braintweet #psychology

    19 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Clever/simple psychological strategies to help avoid spending too much when Christmas shopping: http://on.wsj.com/rJvcwE  #braintweet #psychology

    16 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Why u should never use tap water 2 wash out a device ur going 2 snort drugs thru: http://bit.ly/uyT4MT  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    15 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Preliminary findings suggest zapping brains w/ TMS may help stroke recovery: http://usat.ly/s1lEtE  #braintweet #psychology #neuroscience

    14 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    BNA Xmas symposium hi-lights: obesity will soon be fought with artificial gut peptide messengers that suppress appetite 4 longer(Goldstone)

    14 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    BNA Xmas symposium hi-lights: getting infants 2eat more veg = don’t give up on 3rd attempt; by10th-intake doubles (Hetherington) #braintweet

    14 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    BNA Xmas symposium hi-lights: reward circuits more powerfully activated by hi vs lo calorie food pics when ur hungry(Goldstone) #braintweet

    13 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain science bolsters notion that age of criminal responsibility in UK is 2 low: http://bit.ly/uUaGf5  #braintweet #psychology #neuroscience

    12 Dec Psychology News Psychology News ‏@PsychologyNow

    Hormone Oxytocin Makes People More Sociable, Helps Them Feel More Extroverted: First dates, j… http://bit.ly/syZwDn  #psychology #news

    Retweeted by Jack Lewis (Ph.D.)

    12 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    12 yr olds w/ smaller orbitofrontal cortex more likely2smoke cannabis by age 16: http://bit.ly/vshCJ4  #braintweet #psychology #neuroscience

    9 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Trainee London taxi drivers passing “The Knowledge”–>more brain growth in hippo: http://bit.ly/vGCDT2  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    8 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    In the past #epilepsy may have been mistaken4demonic possession(re-watch on 4OD): http://bit.ly/uF17Du  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    7 Dec WB Neuroscience WB Neuroscience ‏@NeuroNewsWire

    Adding lithium to drinking water could cut the suicide rate http://goo.gl/SAFbq  http://ow.ly/1g2gaQ

    7 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Kids from violent homes’ brains show same hypersensitivity to danger as soldiers: http://bit.ly/vznecP  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    6 Dec Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Brain reward pathways boosted when told viewed artworks are authentic (vs. fake): http://bit.ly/u2EyW6  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    5 Dec 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Pituitry gland(brain area producing vital neurohormones)made in lab from scratch: http://bit.ly/vilJ3r  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    2 Dec 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Sat nite (8pm) I’ll be on Tony Robinson’s new Ch4 series showing how epilepsy may once have been mistaken for demonic possession #braintweet

    1 Dec 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Old school rules ok! Forceps delivery bit safer for brain than C-section/vaccum: http://reut.rs/sBetPQ  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    30 Nov 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Bad news for Fish&Chip shops: http://usat.ly/vRabOq  …brain-benefits of fish=rapid, but not when fried #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    29 Nov 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    PLAY ON! If football damaged brains we’d see more cognitive probs in footballers: http://bit.ly/uZNlYr  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

    28 Nov 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Review of “Beat City” (Nintendo DS) including why it might yield brain benefits: http://bit.ly/sSB354  #braintweet #neuroscience # psychology

    24 Nov 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    Synaesthesia:where letters/digits trigger bursts of colour=overexcitable neurons: http://bit.ly/vnRrJn  #braintweet #psychology #neuroscience

    23 Nov 11 Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) Jack Lewis (Ph.D.) ‏@DrJackLewis

    New technology to more accuratly measure epileptic activity at the brain surface: http://bit.ly/sS3Zk2  #braintweet #neuroscience #psychology

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  • Sex on the Brain by Dr Jack Lewis

    It seems like you see with your eyes but in fact they merely detect light and convert it into electrical signals from which dedicated brain areas create what you perceive as vision. Similarly, it feels like you hear with your ears, but again they mainly convert sound information into electrical impulses which are interpreted as the sounds you hear in brain regions dedicated to hearing. In the same way, sex might feel like it takes place in your genitals, but in fact it is all experienced inside your brain.

    The part of your brain that ultimately triggers sex drive is called the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus. It can release the neurohormone “oxytocin” into the bloodstream (via the pituitary gland) AND use it as a neurotransmitter in the neurons which coarse down the spinal cord en route to the genitals. When activated by a sexually-arousing sensory experience, or thought, the PVN prepares the body for sex by sending a torrent of electrical activity along neurons that descend down the spinal cord exiting at the level of the sacrum and ultimately release a cocktail of neurotransmitters into the tissues of the genitals. In both men and women this leads to vasocongestion whereby the genitals become engorged with blood. In men this leads to an erection and in women this increases lubrication, diameter and depth of the vagina. As I devoted last month’s brain post to female sexual arousal, this month I will place greater emphasis on the male.

    Acetyl Choline (ACh), Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) and Nitric Oxide (NO) are the names of the three neurotransmitters released by the neurons (many neurons in a bundle constitute a nerve) which terminate in the twin blood reservoirs that run alongside the urethra – the tube that carries urine / seminal fluid through the underside of the penis to the outside world. These blood reservoirs are called the corpora cavernosa and the presence of the ACh, VIP and NO increases levels of another pair of neurotransmitters – cAMP and cGMP – which are both cyclic nucleotides. It is these cyclic nucleotides that are responsible for releasing the grip of those finger-like smooth muscles which, in the unaroused and flaccid penis, hold the corpora cavernosa blood reservoirs tightly closed – preventing blood from entering (see “Flaccid” cross section image, right). However when the tension in these smooth muscles is relaxed by the presence of the cyclic nucleotides, blood can rapidly enter these reservoirs, inflating them (see “Erect” cross section image; left) until they press tightly against the tunica albugina – an inflexible cylinder of tissue that defines the extension limit of an erection. At this point the blood pressure within these vessels rises to 100 mmHg (as opposed to the usual 70-90 mmHg) under which pressure the blood vessels carrying blood away from the penis are closed. This is how the brain induces an erection, next we will encounter factors that can eliminate an erection.

    cAMP and cGMP are constantly being eliminated by the action of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5. Maintenance of an erection requires constant activity within the hypothalamic PVN in order for electrical messages to be sent down neurons of the spinal cord to ensure continuous release of the NO, VIP and ACh which in turn keeps levels of cAMP and cGMP up sufficiently to prevent the finger-like muscles of the trabeculae from contracting and squeezing all the blood out of the penis (detumescence). This can also be triggered by impulses within the sympathetic nervous system, operating antagonistically alongside the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for inducing the erection. The sympathetic nervous system kicks in after ejaculation, explaining the detumescence that usually follows orgasm, but can also oppose the arousing influence of the parasympathetic innervation in response to perceived (or imagined) danger, or any other cause of anxiety. Sildenafil (aka Viagra), tadalifil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra) are drugs prescribed for erectile dysfunction in men which induce and erection by chemically inhibiting the phosophodiesterase-5 enzyme so that the cAMP and cGMP are not broken down ensuring that the blood reservoirs of the penis stay full of blood.

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  • Lust, Love & Long-Term Bonding by Dr Jack

    What is the human body’s most important sex organ?

    The brain.

    In this, the first in a series of brainposts investigating how our brains orchestrate sexual behaviour, I provide a short introduction into this fascinating (and often overlooked) branch of neuroscience.

    First things first – it is very important to bear in mind the differences between sex drive, love and long-term bonding; in terms of how and why they evolved in the first place.

    Libido, lust, desire is a drive that promotes relatively indiscriminate sexual activity and is fundamentally dependent on adequate levels of testosterone in men and women to ensure neural pathways that orchestrate sexual arousal are well maintained. Lust ensured that every single one of your direct line of ancestors managed to pass their genes on to the next generation, by hook or by crook. It is not an emotion, nor a feeling, so much as a fundamental, goal-directed, motivation to act – hence the term sex drive.

    Love evolved much later to promote more selective sexual behaviours. Romantic love is thought to involve elevated levels of dopamine and noradrenaline in combination with low serotonin to produce sensations of intense euphoria, energy and excitement whilst also compelling us to obsess over our single specially-chosen beloved deemed superior to all the others.

    Long term bonding is a third system, seemingly dependent on the action of the neurotransmitter vasopressin, which mediates behaviours promoting long-term partnership with one individual; known as monogamous pair bonding. This evolutionary benefit of such behaviour relates to the importance of nuture, i.e. ensuring that parenting duties are fulfilled. Committed parenting helps offspring to fulfil their genetic potential, improving the quality of mates that they attract, facilitating passage of genes into a third generation.

    These three systems, although inter-related, are largely independent of each other. At any stage in post-pubertal life the three systems can be perfectly aligned or pull in different directions. No wonder the tabloids are full of stories of public figures sleeping around, and /or falling in love with people other than those with whom they are engaged in long term relationship. Understanding how we are wired up for sex, love and commitment can help us navigate the traps and pitfalls of the love game. If we can anticipate the antagonisms that develop between these systems, we can develop decision-making strategies that favour contentment in the long term, as opposed to immediate, but fleeting, satisfaction. For further reading on the evidence behind this conception of coupling as a three stage process I would highly recommend Helen Fisher’s books such as “Why We Love.”

    Sex drive, or libido, evolved in mammals to promote the act of sex, or coitus. Coitus is captured in the below image, which is, believe it or not, an MRI image of a couple having sex inside the scanner! I’ve taken the liberty of adding some pink coloured dots to delineate the border of the woman’s body and blue dots to delineate the outer surface of the man. The green dots show the path that the sperm takes at the point of ejaculation: passing from the testis up and over the pelvic bone (white oval) and bladder (black/grey semi-circle), through the seminal vesicle / past the prostate gland (which together inject the constituents fluids of which semen consists), along the length of the penis where it is deposited right next to the cervix (neck) of the woman’s uterus (womb). Under optimal conditions the uterus rhythmically contracts to “suck” this seminal fluid up into the uterus and even on into whichever of the two fallopian tubes is most likely to have an ovum (egg) ready for fertilisation.

    I added the red dots to help readers orient themselves with regard to the key erogenous zones in the female anatomy. The clitoris is marked with a large red dot and the position of the G-spot has been illustrated with several smaller red dots to convey that fact that it’s exact location on the anterior (front) wall of the vagina appears to be highly variable from person to person.

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