• 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!!

    If you liked this you’ll love my daily brain tweets so please follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

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  • New Showreel – As Voted For By You!

    A big thank you to everyone who took time to view the clip reels for each series and send in votes for their favourite bits.
    Those clips given the biggest thumbs up by the largest number of people made the final cut.
    So here are the fruits of your labours… enjoy!
    Dr Jack Lewis Showreel 2014

     

    This Is How The Showreel Came Together…

    The only way to create a decent showreel is to watch everything you’ve ever presented and then choose the best bits. However when this means watching over 40 hours of footage it can be hard to find the time to do this properly! In the past few weeks I finally got around to doing this and, having created a selection of best bits per series, I’m now at the stage where I need to whittle it down to the best 3 minutes worth of footage – which is where you come in.

    Wisdom of the Crowd describes the phenomenon that if a large number of people are asked to make an educated guess about something, when considered together their estimates are much more accurate than each individual estimate.

    wisdom-of-crowdsThis observation was first made by Sir Francis Galton (Darwin’s cousin no less!) at the beginning of the Twentieth Century at a country fair in Plymouth where 800 people were asked to guess the weight of an ox. The true weight of the beast was 1198 lbs and although each individual guess varied wildly around this value the median value (the middle value when each of the individual guesses were organised into ascending order) was 2017 lbs – within 1% of the actual weight.

    Trying to figure out which of the clips from 6 years worth of TV series are the “best” is not an exact science. A clip that one viewer considers to be brilliant may well be entirely uninspiring to another. A TV development producer will likely be looking out for something completely different from a TV commissioner. A younger viewer might find one clip extremely compelling whilst an older viewer’s favourite is completely different.

    By asking a large number of individuals to select their favourite clip(s) from each series the aim is to leverage your collective wisdom to construct the best possible showreel. Below you will find a selection of clips from each of the various TV shows I have appeared on over the years. Please simply watch each short film and make a note of the ClipID number that appears on screen during the clip you find most compelling. Then, if you would be so kind, please tweet these ClipID numbers to @DrJackLewis as per the following example (NB please use #crowdsourcedshowreel rather than other derivations)…

    HowToTweetFavouriteClips

     

    Below we have a selection of clips from ITV’s This Morning spanning the period from 2011-2014

     

    And clips from the second series of Plain Jane on MTV in 2013

     

    Assortment of clips from Sex Hospital on Discovery Homes & Living / TLC in 2013

     

    Selection of clips from The Tech Show on Discovery Science in 2011

     

    Clip medley from How To Get What You Want on Sky One in 2010

     

    And finally, assembly of clips from People Watcher’s on BBC2 in 2008

    It would be amazing if you could find the time to watch these short compilations of clips and let me know via Twitter (or by clicking “contact” on the right of the menu bar at the top of this page).

    Please don’t bother writing a comment below. Unfortunately there is far too much spam sent via the comments and so wading through all the rubbish to find the genuine comments is unfeasible.

    Many thanks for your continued support and happy viewing…

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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!

    I tweet the latest neuro-breakthroughs, hot off the scientific press on a daily basis (and have been doing so for the past 5 years!) so if you’re keen click here to follow me on Twitter.

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  • New Science Slot “Geek Chic” on XfM, Sundays

    lliana-bird2014 has kicked off with a brand new weekly radio feature every Sunday on XfM dubbed “Geek Chic” (#geekchic). Birdy, as the delectable presenter of the Sat 4-7pm and 4-8pm slots is affectionately known, has been marshalling the XfM (UK 104.9FM) afternoon/early evening airwaves every weekend for the last few years and, it transpires, is a bit of a closet science geek. She kindly invited me to join her in the studio every Sunday afternoon to discuss the week’s most fascinating/quirkiest scientific discoveries.

    PowerPotFor me it’s an opportunity to extend my remit beyond the wonderful world of human brain research into other realms of science. So far we’ve had caterpillars that eat tobacco leaves in order for their fag breath to keep their natural predators (wolf spiders) at bay, Argentinian eco warriors harnessing cow burp energy and a festival friendly gadget that can be fitted to a camping stove that enables you to charge your phone whilst boiling water for a hot drink.

    emotional-arcadeOn the brain side of things we’ve had people pitting their emotion generating powers against each other to blow up balloons in the Emotion Arcade. The aim is to generate a given emotion as powerfully as possible. Competitors scalps are wired up with EEG to measure the strength of the emotional state, which is then translated into an air pressure value that governs the amount of air forced into a pair of balloons. First person to pop their balloon wins!

    We’ve also covered the discovery that a conventional mood stabilising drug appears to have the tantalising side effect of boosting neuroplasticity back to a level long thought to be impossible beyond the age of 7. Valproate is an anticonvulsant typically used to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy and migraine to name but a few. A recent experiment demonstrated that adults treated with valproate, but not those treated with placebo (a pill containing no active ingredients) could learn perfect pitch – the ability to name the specific sound frequency of a musical tone. Previously it was thought that if a person had not acquired perfect pitch during childhood then it would be impossible to acquire in adulthood. This is because the “critical period” has passed, a time when areas of the brain involved in musical were particularly malleable in the years leading up to our 7th birthday. Valproate is an inhibitor of an enzyme called histone deacetylase which, when not blocked by valproate, makes it harder to switch genes on and off – a critical aspect of neuroplasticity. The theory is that by blocking this enzyme with valproate during perfect pitch training, genes can be switched on and off more easily, allowing the relevant neuronal networks to re-wire with the level of super-malleability required for the ability to accurately identify musical pitch to be acquired.

    vLast week we talked about the relevance of new brain imaging research investigating the impact of the drug Ecstasy (MDMA) on the brains of healthy volunteers in light of it’s potential for use in helping people with Post-Traumatic Brain Disorder benefit fully from psychotherapy. And away from the brain front we described research accompanying the reintroduction of the northern bald ibis into the natural habitat from which it had become extinct that enabled scientists to explain why flocks of birds give us the V – that is fly in beautiful V-shaped formations. It turns out that whilst cyclists line up in a straight line to benefit from the drag of the bike in front, this is a bad idea if you’re a bird because you get caught up in the down draft from the bird in front. To benefit from the upwash created by the tip of the wing of the bird in front you need to be behind and to the side, making flying easier (as evidenced by a decreased heart rate when flying in V-formation). They even time their wing beats to optimise this process! Clever birds…

    As the first three weeks of the Geek Chic feature seem to have gone down very well, I’ll be back in the Xfm studios every Sunday for the foreseeable future. So make sure you tune in to Birdy’s show on 104.7fm from 4pm to catch the latest and greatest science breakthroughs of the week.

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  • 2013: Another Year’s Worth of Brain Breakthrough Tweet Action

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Dec

    Dunno if I agree w/ every last detail but on balance I think this is a healthy way to think about brains http://huff.to/Jo3J5L  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Dec

    Best bionic leg I’ve ever seen: http://on.ksdk.com/19Kv9xp  Prosthetic detects neurally triggered activity in stump2decode intention #neuroformed

     

    Barb Markway, Ph.D. ‏@barbmarkway 23 Dec

    Research shows getting excited or telling yourself that you are excited helps overcome anxiety. http://www.examiner.com/article/research-determines-excitement-overcomes-anxiety …

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    The Dana Foundation ‏@dana_fdn 23 Dec

    Big Data on Healthy Brain Aging http://bit.ly/1eA2AGV  by @mocost for us

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    Mo Costandi ‏@mocost 23 Dec

    A sensory guide to Christmas drinking http://bit.ly/1gIfzXp

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    Dr. SunWolf ‏@TheSocialBrain 23 Dec

    {How good is your memory for sex?} Our brains mis-recall how interested in sex we were in the past. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2013/06/29/are-men-less-into-sex-than-they-think/#.UfaPwJi4JFI … …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Dec

    Beautiful design in this webfrographic http://www.dangersoffracking.com/  … enlightening content too. #lookaftertheplanet #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Dec

    Neuroestradiol: hypothalamus’s direct contribution to oestrogen production.. http://www.sciencealert.com.au/features/20132312-25124-2.html … #neuroscience

     

    Stephen Marcus ‏@stephen_marcus 23 Dec

    Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Dec

    Well timed electrical surges erase emotion of disturbing memories in severely depressed: http://www.nature.com/news/zapping-the-brain-can-help-to-spot-clean-nasty-memories-1.14431 … #neuroscience #psychiatry

     

    Kate :) ‏@KateMcLoughney 23 Dec

    High-res scan shows exactly where in the brain Alzheimer’s begins http://dailym.ai/1jxaAe0

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Dec

    Subconscious pattern spotting, pain killing, smart drugging, dreams & white matter: http://bbc.in/1coLg67  #neuroscience #brain #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Dec

    Experimental #neuroscience evidence supporting observations that girls mature faster than boys in adolescence: http://bit.ly/1jqh6Du

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Dec

    Aspirin to treat aggression? Unlikely. http://bit.ly/1cFgWz1  #psychiatry (But it’s still pretty good for preventing stroke)

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Dec

    Why do “This is your brain on…” headlines resonate so strongly with Americans? http://bit.ly/1c7wgrL  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Dec

    How “deep learning” – loosely inspired by the human #brain – can train machines to extract meaning from big data: http://bbc.in/19eZHcC

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Dec

    If only this was a bona fide (pun intended) device – would be perfect xmas gift for dog lovers: http://bit.ly/18TgsEx  #dogs #neuroscience

     

     

    Alom Shaha ‏@alomshaha 19 Dec

    Billionaire buys a *lot* of wind turbines. Why don’t more rich people do useful stuff like this? http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/warren-buffetts-energy-rules-wind-cheaper-coa-83767 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Dec

    Window into brain changes that precede severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and autism: http://bit.ly/18T9Ky9  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Dec

    Will open source brain computer interface gadgetry for affordable prices trigger surge of DIY studies?: http://bit.ly/IVhppi  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Dec

    Every week I see a headline then check the calendar to see if it is 1st April, here’s today’s: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/12/18/brains-hardwired-to-accept-celebrity-health-advice/ … #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Dec

    NHS Choices I salute you for policing medical health-related journalism by qualifying both accuracies & inaccuracies: http://bit.ly/1bPFbNc

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Dec

    Congratulations to BBC Natural History Unit for being awarded the Freedom of Bristol City (c/o David Attenborough – such a modest legend!)

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Dec

    Weaker auditory input + overly strong tactile input into dorsal cochlear nucleus may underpin tinnitus: http://neurosciencenews.com/tinitus-discovery-new-treatment-avenues-684/ … #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Dec

    “use of marijuana may contribute to..changes in brain structure..associated with having schizophrenia” http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2013/12/marijuana-users-have-abnormal-brain-structure–poor-memory.html … #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Dec

    Cardiff Uni’s Alan Watson – very comprehensive review on brain’s emotional response to music at #BNA Xmas symposium pic.twitter.com/Ph4Qdt7R23

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Dec

    Lovely talk by Edinburgh Uni’s Katie Overy about studies investigating 4yr olds spontaneous movements to music #BNA pic.twitter.com/1eV0oxdUnX

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Dec

    Lauren Stuart at #BNA Christmas symposium talking about what kind of sounds people with amusia can & can’t process pic.twitter.com/COy7FQofGc

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Dec

    Mild traumatic head injury doubles incidence of war-related PTSD: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ptsd-tbi-brain-injury-combat-marines-20131212,0,917125.story … #neuroscience #psychiatry

     

    Greg Whyte ‏@gpwhyte 12 Dec

    CHILD NEGLECT – Successive governments fail children with lack of physical activity policy. Here’s the full paper

     

    http://m.bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2013/12/11/bjsports-2013-093018.long?view=long&pmid=24324207 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Dec

    In case you missed it first time round… How sleep enables deep cleansing of brain’s nooks & crannies: http://huff.to/Jieo30  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Dec

    How to build spare brain parts: 1) build artificial scaffold, 2) seed it with person’s own stem cells: http://bit.ly/1hONIVI  #neuroformed

     

    David Vogelsang ‏@VogelsangDavid 12 Dec

    Deep brain stimulation for enhancement of learning and memory http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811913008355 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Dec

    Steven Rose’s sage words regarding overstatement from “neuroeducation”  enthusiasts http://bit.ly/1cqbQqk  #neuroscience #neuroformed #brain

     

    Elaine Fox ‏@profelainefox 12 Dec

    Nice article on benefits of exercise. http://fb.me/2baHuxtGN

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Dec

    Watch to end for description of surgically rewiring of arm nerve into chest for robotic arm control (incl wrist 360!) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25323252?ocid=socialflow_twitter_bbcnews …

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Dec

    “Oh god, me arm’s fallen off” British soldier with bionic arm makes understatement of the century: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25323252?ocid=socialflow_twitter_bbcnews … #neuroformed

     

    BBC News (UK) ‏@BBCNews 11 Dec

    Wounded soldier given bionic arm he controls with his thoughts http://bbc.in/19BKWeh  & pic.twitter.com/9hdxBWamFY

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Dec

    No evidence that depression is caused by low serotonin. SSRI’s may work by encouraging synaptogenesis: http://bit.ly/18lTB9x  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Dec

    World must unite to fight dementia i.e. catch it early and develop agents to stop it in it’s tracks: http://reut.rs/18BxFSP  #Alzheimers

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Dec

    “Delaying dementia by five years could halve the number of people living with the disease” http://bbc.in/1kuX7OY  #neuroscience #dementia

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Dec

    “In a constantly changing world, we need the flexibility that only imperfection provides” Edward O Wilson 2012 The Social Conquest of Earth

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Dec

    “..selfish individuals beat altruistic individuals, while groups of altruists beat groups of selfish individuals” E O Wilson 2012

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Dec

    Concept that memory could be passed down through generations, genetically, is absolutely mind-boggling: http://bbc.in/1dNShPe  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Dec

    Clear, concise explanation of how brain balances plasticity/stability with critical ingredient – noise: http://bit.ly/18kcvO8  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Dec

    Satay salmon with black beans and broccoli, anyone? http://onforb.es/1aRDNGc  – boosting folate, DHA, magnesium and Vitamin D for #brainhealth

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    What I learned at #SmartRehabilitation Don’t mention: “IQ” Do mention: unique opportunity for prisoners to improve their cognitive abilities

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    Panel (2 former prisoners & 1 prisoner’s sister) agree that 2hrs of Brain Age/day=viable,greeted with enthusiasm. Hit me up @NintendoAmerica

     

    Yolanda M Ricci ‏@YolyMRicci 9 Dec

    @DrJackLewis why don’t you include @NintendoAmerica in your petition??

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    Dear Nintendo, please give me 100 DS handsets + Dr Kawashima’s Brain Age 2 so I can try to help prisoners improve their working memory / IQ

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    “People are spending too long, locked in their cells, with nothing to do” Nick Hardwick, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons #PrisonerLearning

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    In the Grand Committee Room of Houses of Parliament discussing #PrisonerLearning & Prisoner Learning Alliance’s #SmartRehabilitation report

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    Electrical stimulation of anterior mid-cingulate cortex results in reproducible sense of determination: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/05/determination-electrical-brain-stimulation … #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    Why sex differences in #brain wiring are more likely to be explained by culture/neuroplasticity than sex chromosomes: http://bit.ly/18rCYXW

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Dec

    New evidence confirms male vs female brains differently wired – from which we can conclude…very little: http://bbc.in/1bfxGLP  #neuroscience

     

    roryscanlan ‏@roryscanlan 9 Dec

    The ministry of nudges. Excellent @nytimes article on behavioural economics via @rohan__silva http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/business/international/britains-ministry-of-nudges.html?ref=business&pagewanted=all …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Nov

    Just off to film a taster in Sri Lanka. Unlikely to have internet access for next 10 days. Will resume #neuroformed tweeting upon my return.

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Nov

    26th Nov: a day for reminiscing about handling 1st human #brain. Wired’s Christian Jarrett http://wrd.cm/IdlxjZ  &me http://bit.ly/1gf4Q3y

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Nov

    How brains keep track of time… the long and the short of it: http://huff.to/18EuTzJ  #neuroscience #time #perception

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Nov

    The man who discerned psychopathy in his own brain (and why he has surely misunderstood his own data): http://bit.ly/1hdh3J9  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Nov

    More pain now or less pain later? Discomfort of waiting for pain means people choose more pain now!! http://bit.ly/1i8yL1Q  #psychology

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Nov

    Providing transcranial Direct Current Stimulation as consumer product is morally questionable: http://bit.ly/1etOmEj  ..discuss #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Nov

    Promising new #tinnitus treatment, pairing vagus nerve stimulation with auditory stimulation, only works for some: http://bit.ly/1g0I9jm

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Nov

    DTI brain imaging to trace white matter pathways ahead of surgery to ensure vital ones don’t get cut: http://bit.ly/17z0ge6  #neurosurgery

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Nov

    An eclectic synopsis of the multiple influences of music on the brain: http://bit.ly/1i1CBK8  #neuroscience #psychology #music #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Nov

    Mammalian Intelligence=very well established. Few bird species also very bright. Now.. clever reptiles: http://nyti.ms/17FxIwn  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Nov

    “during a night of sleep, connections weakened within hemispheres but strengthened between hemispheres” http://bit.ly/1aSVfKo  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Nov

    Using smartphone games to gather publishable scientific data from a larger, broader population: http://bit.ly/19ImcQD  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Nov

    “According to Darwin.. Life progressed BECAUSE of disorder, not despite it” Jonah Lehrer PWAN 2007

     

    The Atlantic ‏@TheAtlantic 21 Nov

    The evolution of bitchiness, according to science http://theatln.tc/17LaVol

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Nov

    Larger a basolateral amygdala, greater a child’s anxiety -research funded by pharma, I wonder? http://bit.ly/1jlKx4j  #skeptical #psychiatry

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Nov

    Will such research trigger a surge of pregnant mums hitting the gym to boost their baby’s brain power? http://nyti.ms/1asoUhF  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Nov

    Check out how squishy a fresh (ie not fixed with formaldehyde) human brain is;a truly remarkable organ: http://read.bi/1aqXNU2  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Nov

    High tech combos: 3D printing based on brain MRI yields new models for neurosurgeons to practice on: http://bit.ly/18KNzda  #neurosurgery

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Nov

    Improvisation engages brain areas involved in sustained attention 2greater degree than rehearsed music: http://bit.ly/1jgwA7z  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Nov

    Weekly supermarket shop: 23 mins of rational decision making, then you’re easy meat to the special deals http://bbc.in/19CfYSb  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Nov

    I’ve heard great anecdotal reports along these lines: http://bit.ly/1jfav9z  Tablets/iPads can really help kids with #autism to communicate

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Nov

    Our best hope for beating Alzheimer’s might be an arthritis drug: http://bit.ly/18IJ4jk  I mentioned this 2 yrs ago!: http://bit.ly/1aB8lis

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Nov

    3 steps to dietary confusion:1990’s-fat is bad for health,2000’s-wholegrain foods are good for health,2010’s-flip it: http://huff.to/HUPkhh

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Nov

    A little place I come to read sometimes.. James Davies “Cracked” is essential reading – a psychiatry expose (e-acute) pic.twitter.com/oxuZ9hX0oF

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Nov

    Time to can the fizzy drink habit, not just for diabetes/heart disease, but also to keep your brain proteins normal: http://bit.ly/1eUAm9a

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Nov

    Psychobiotics – mood-influenceing gut bacteria – thought to play big role in mental health by serious scientists: http://bit.ly/1eRehZd

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Nov

    Porn rewiring male brains: http://bit.ly/18zeOHM  “the issue isn’t porn [it's] the complete absence of a counterpoint to porn” #neuroformed

     

    Hugo Spiers ‏@hugospiers 14 Nov

    At 1.15pm next Thursday I’ll be asking “What goes on in the mind of a London cabbie?”

    Live-webcast public lecture:

    http://events.ucl.ac.uk/event/event:a1k-hjialh9h-inyy47/lunch-hour-lecture-what-goes-on-in-the-mind-of-a-london-cabbie …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Nov

    Glad JPaediatricPsychology recommends removing electrical entertainment devices from kid bedrooms to improve sleep: http://bit.ly/1gNCMHp

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Nov

    Well written article on plasticity in brain areas specialised for socialising (= our default state?): http://bit.ly/1coHWE6  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Nov

    Genuinely fascinating article about fats, grains&brains: http://onforb.es/1dtOxOH  Fascinating concept: dementia = Type 3 diabetes #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Nov

    Valiant attempt 2 shift concept of left-right brain to more accurate top-bottom framework: http://bit.ly/1cOoIMW  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Nov

    Scientists create dinosaur brain map – all we need now is a frozen dinosaur to see if they are right: http://bit.ly/1dpkDuR  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Nov

    @neuroconscience Smells fishy to me. Fairly certain that TMS can’t reach insula without an awful lot of frontal/temporal operculi activation

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Nov

    TMS helps people to quit smoking / TMS can reaches right down to the insula – which is most newsworthy? http://bit.ly/HVs9mD  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Nov

    Telling the difference between normal age-related #cognitive impairment vs early signs of #dementia: http://bit.ly/HL5Mk0  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Nov

    New mums to be paid a £200 incentive to breast feed for first 6 months to reduce disease risks for mother & child: http://bit.ly/1cRFtH7

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Nov

    Let us toast the tantalising possibility of new type of booze that could be completely hangover-free: http://bit.ly/17jreD8  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Nov

    “It’s not my fault, it’s my brain that’s faulty” – rise in neuroscience-based excuse in US legal cases: http://bit.ly/1hzHCJE  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Nov

    Thrice weekly 20min exercise sessions for pregnant women improves infant brain development http://abcn.ws/HN1SY5  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Paul J. Zak ‏@pauljzak 11 Nov

    How does office design affect your brain and mood?  I’ll discuss this today @techonomy http://techonomy.com/conf/13-tucson/  #Techonomy13

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Nov

    Having a good old sing song improves mental abilities in people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s: http://bit.ly/1ceHwQE  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Nov

    Special protein that triggers re-growth of damaged nerve cells is identified; 1 day may help paralysis: http://bit.ly/HBJml1  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Nov

    Regularly speaking more than 1 language delays onset of 3 different forms of dementia: http://bit.ly/16Mu5HN  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Nov

    Aussie TV series “Redesign Your Brain” puts Mike Merzenich’s insights into #neuroplasticity to the test: http://bit.ly/17gmx2c  #neuroformed

     

    COFEP Lab ‏@cofeplab 7 Nov

    Daniel Wolpert talking about movement control: The real reason for brains (fascinating). http://on.ted.com/ecD5  #brain #memory

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Nov

    Latest research in diabetes shifts focus from pancreas to brain: http://bit.ly/1bd95YF  #neuroformed #neuroscience #glucosecontrol

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Nov

    Science education kit enables kids to implant electrodes into cockroach brain&control w/ smartphone ap: http://bit.ly/1bZlRvA  #neuroscience

     

    Justin Esarey ‏@JustinEsarey 6 Nov

    Yo dawg… “@NMMGreenwich: This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships. pic.twitter.com/QwMfNAk8ig via @usmanm”

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Nov

    “Between stimulus&response there is a space.In that space is our power2choose our response.In our response lies..growth&..freedom” V Frankl

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Nov

    Cunning fMRI experiment reveals that brain “colours in” black&white images of normally colourful scenes http://bit.ly/1iOtEyQ  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Nov

    @KateMcLoughney Lovely thanks – alas no surfing as wind was too strong/wrong direction. Typically conditions were perfect the following day!

     

    Miguel Angel Escotet ‏@DrEscotet 6 Nov

    Monkeys Use Minds to Control Avatar Arms – #Neuroscience via Science/AAAS – http://bit.ly/18ZTOsS

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 6 Nov

    Dark side of psychology=disturbing read;psychologists advising on interrogation techniques: http://bit.ly/HsVmW6  #psychology #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 6 Nov

    Computers can hear better in noisy environments when they copy how brain does audition: http://bit.ly/1aF6v2C  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 6 Nov

    All those childhood music lessons were not wasted – even if you haven’t found time to play for decades: http://bbc.in/1b6Gaa9  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Nov

    “This bow tie arrangement is a typical feature of self-organizing information processing systems.” http://bit.ly/1cKKxZF  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Nov

    This paper basically suggests that the more porn you watch the more prone you are to cheat on your partner- #discuss: http://bit.ly/1bxkTXg

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Nov

    More clues on neuronal mechanisms of visual attention – input selection by decreasing variability: http://bit.ly/19z4K51  #predictionerror

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Nov

    People self-administering tcDCS w/ battery&wires on basis of YouTube guide= Darwin Award waiting2happen: http://bit.ly/HoEKPk  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Nov

    “..integrative powers of the brain for the sensations..from handling objects spills out into all other domains of intelligence” EOWilson2012

     

    Mo Costandi ‏@mocost 1 Nov

    Neuromorphic transistor learns while it computes http://bit.ly/16SZYAA  A correlated nickelate synaptic transistor http://bit.ly/1bKsq56

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Nov

    Great – so you’ve got an algorithm that can categorise dolphin whistles: http://nyti.ms/19jTbhX  but what are they actually saying, I wonder?

     

    Matt Lieberman ‏@social_brains 1 Nov

    These 2 Words Will Make You More Selfish (& 2 more that will make you share) http://bit.ly/1hAcG9y  http://bit.ly/1hAcG9y

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Nov

    @AliceProverbio @Neurosciencee indeed, have you ever read Stuart Shipp’s TICS paper on pulvinar attentional mechanisms? It’s a great read..!

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Nov

    Sadly, the UK has recently lost a fine and much respected research scientist. RIP Andy Calder: http://bit.ly/16RtI0H

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Nov

    Human facical expressions & body language can signal emotional state,in dogs it’s all about which side the tail wags: http://bit.ly/16OVeMg

     

    emily dawson ‏@emilyadawson 1 Nov

    Amazing resource from @WellcomeLibrary shows the medical history of each London borough: http://bit.ly/1chaxM7  #londonspulse

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Nov

    rTMS of dmPFC (vital4understanding others’ thoughts, beliefs & intentions) improves social skills in autistic people: http://bit.ly/17x31ix

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 31 Oct

    When observing an adult push a button with hand vs foot infant brain is activated in MOTOR cortex for hand or foot: http://bit.ly/17tOxQi

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 31 Oct

    Surely no light means no vision? It’s impossible to see anything in total darkness, right? Wrong… : http://bit.ly/18EZzMo  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 31 Oct

    “early life pain has an immediate & long-term impact on responses to stress- & anxiety-provoking events” http://bit.ly/1coPLdz  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Oct

    @Xfm_Lliana Good shout… glad you’re still up for it… I’ll drop you a line now. Looking forward to it!

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Oct

    High dose of VIP brain molecule jolts biological clock into re-synchronising quicker after jet lag: http://bit.ly/17oOi9g  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Oct

    We’re more moral in the morning, in the afternoon more prone to dishonesty, bizarre but apparently true: http://bit.ly/19SiY00  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Oct

    Super Mario 64 for 30+mins/day for just 2 months sufficient to increase grey matter volume in various brain regions! http://bit.ly/1adZ7VT

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Oct

    Your #brain’s superhighways are not dissimilar, in principle, from those of worms & cats: http://wrd.cm/17pOl4F  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Oct

    A #brain region specialised for seeing snakes? Serpent detectors in the pulvinar? Apparently so: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/28/241370496/eeek-snake-your-brain-has-a-special-corner-just-for-them … #neuroscience

     

    Discover Magazine ‏@DiscoverMag 28 Oct

    Evolution explains why mean girls get the guys http://bit.ly/HcnMTY

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Oct

    I’ve just started EO Wilson’s Social Conquest of Earth. Three chapters in – I’m already blown away…

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Oct

    Topiramate clinical trials show promise – helping people to keep cocaine #addiction at bay: http://bit.ly/1dwVBNu  #neuroscience #psychiatry

     

    Oliver Sacks ‏@OliverSacks 28 Oct

    Should primary-care doctors take a greater role in treating patients’ mental health? @NYTimes @SuzanneKovenMD http://ht.ly/qdCiJ

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Oct

    Using artificial intelligence to do things that usually require a human brain – like solving CAPTCHAs: http://onforb.es/18taxo9  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Oct

    Genetic analysis of 75,000 folks with/without Alzheimer’s points accusatory finger at immune system genes: http://ind.pn/19L1oes  #neurosci

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Oct

    One creatures poison is another creatures pain killer, courtesy of @mocost: http://bit.ly/HhEn9C  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Oct

    So good it got tweeted twice. Where we really are in using fMRI to decode thoughts, sights & intentions: http://bit.ly/HeYh5j  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Oct

    Human deep brain stimulation is primary focus of US DARPA funding..now why would they be interested in that I wonder: http://nyti.ms/1ih2VuC

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Oct

    BRILLIANT article:  http://bit.ly/HeYh5j  – fantastic account of how fMRI brain scan data can be decoded: #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Oct

    Reasons not to gorge on sugary snacks #9 High blood glucose assoc. w/ poor memory/smaller hippocampi: http://lat.ms/19AMasi   #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Oct

    Great talk at Stoke Newington School. 100x 6th formers quiet, friendly, attentive, engaged.. very bright young people – a credit to N16 #sns

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Oct

    This time yesterday I had no idea I’d be heading to Stoke Newington School today to give my Brain Talk – I do love a bit of spontaneity ;-)

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Oct

    fMRI results http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/22/resisting-temptation-its-all-in-your-brain/ … align w/ role of hippocampus in generating possible futures,not just recalling past events #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Oct

    Dancing with Parkinson’s – Canadian National Ballet gets patients moving: http://bit.ly/1a59voR  #neuroformed

     

    Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. ‏@emmaseppala 22 Oct

    “#Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.” -Sophocles

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Oct

    “when we lose consciousness, the communication among areas of the brain becomes extremely inefficient”: http://bit.ly/1c2JDvn  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Oct

    Healthy aging involves not just keeping mentally active but challenging the #brain by tackling unfamiliar new skills: http://bit.ly/175uMfK

     

    Sasha Davenport ‏@SashDavenport 22 Oct

    The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts – highlighting great work by @drcarlhart . http://j.mp/1fSGorc

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Oct

    Chicken &egg of positive correlation between poor sleep &accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques in #brain: http://reut.rs/1fR4zpT  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Oct

    SciAmMIND was on fire over the weekend – this piece on anorgasmia (inability to reach climax) is very #sexhospital http://bit.ly/1a0LCwN

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Oct

    Leaky guts, spilling bacteria into your bloodstream – yet another way that diet might affect mood: http://bit.ly/GTSDVh  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Oct

    Simple visual test correlates very strongly with IQ: http://bit.ly/18uJ8pW  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Oct

    How brains do memory – hippocampus pulls cortical strings each time an episode of life is revisited: http://bit.ly/1enZthF  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Oct

    Would love to try this immersive 3D virtual reality system to explore the inner world of a human brain: http://bit.ly/1i1OSc4  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Oct

    “brain cells shrink during sleep to open up..gaps between neurons & allow fluid to wash..brain clean” http://bbc.in/19Pp8e2  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Oct

    I love it: money or pain on flip of coin – 10p per milliamp – he’s gone for 50m for a fiver @TimandraHarknes & victim pic.twitter.com/3lomeNhrDa

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Oct

    That’s what I call a set! pic.twitter.com/PD1ZnB4Taa

     

    Y Touring ‏@YTouring 17 Oct

    Special thanks to @c_mcgettigan @drjacklewis Prof Steven Rose and Alex Chakmakjian for being our panel last night https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.535808066500494.1073741827.219947884753182&type=3&uploaded=8 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Oct

    “Stiffer arteries..increases..likelihood of having..white matter disease&amyloid deposition in..brain”: http://bit.ly/18pDdSU  #neuroformed

     

    Scientific American ‏@sciam 17 Oct

    The Heritability of Intelligence: Not What You Think http://bit.ly/1bCplEJ

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Oct

    Twice in my life I’ve taken the chance 2 thank an author 4 changing the way I think.Paxman in ’08 for The English;Rose ’13 for Lifelines :-)

     

    Roger Dooley ‏@rogerdooley 17 Oct

    Skynet is almost here: Coming Soon and in Billions: Devices That Talk to Each Other http://on.wsj.com/H2Tm7l  via @WSJ

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Oct

    Anyone up for a spot of BrainSex tonight 7-8pm in Kings Cross? @TimandraHarknes highly praised Edinburgh Fringe show: http://bit.ly/1ar1UM4

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Oct

    Evolutionary drive behind increasing brain size =dramatic shifts in climate between very wet&very dry: http://ind.pn/1cuIhXd   #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Oct

    Studies investigating potential of Google Glass for helping Parkinson’s people improve gait via visual patterns: http://bit.ly/17Kep3S

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Oct

    Looking forward2hosting tonight’s post-screening neuroethics chat btwn ProfStevenRose,a playwright,lawyer & a neuroscientist @bloomsburyfest

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Oct

    Amazing video of patients w/ electrodes implanted on IPS neurons – activity rises whenever discussion gets numerical: http://bit.ly/1bWc9il

     

    Mashable ‏@mashable 16 Oct

    Textbook Company Partners With Drone Service to Ship Deliveries to Students Quickly http://on.mash.to/17HAShU

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    Neurobonkers ‏@neurobonkers 16 Oct

    Just in time for Halloween – Combined Motion capture + MRI study shows how skeletons move during sex http://www.artanim.ch/en/projects-detail.php?id=5 … via @drpetra

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Oct

    Essential reading for an overloaded mind: brain benefits of taking your foot off the pedal: http://bit.ly/18hgVCX  #neuroformed #takeabreak

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Oct

    Ghrelin – a hormone known for it’s role in appetite regulation – seems to be involved in chronic stress: http://bit.ly/17r9ghV  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Oct

    “..autists experience the world too intensely & so take refuge by turning inward”: http://bit.ly/1gGPiXt  #neuroformed #autism #neuroscience

     

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Oct

    Birth triggers serotonin drop which triggers development of brain areas involved in sensory perception: http://bit.ly/GZR6g7  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Oct

    @TBeardsworth I checked my inbox: nothing from you there. Tested the contact page at http://www.drjack.co.uk  – it’s working fine. Try again?

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Oct

    Why irregular bedtimes can lead to bad behaviour in children: http://bit.ly/16HQYMx  I wonder if the same goes for adults? #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Oct

    Born with a moral compass? Evidence that even 3 month old babies have an innate sense of right & wrong: http://bit.ly/17lyBd3  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Oct

    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind, if history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten”RK

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Oct

    US Department of Defense continues to cough up big grants for further development of commercial EEG aps: http://bit.ly/15sxx9H  #neuroformed

     

    David Eagleman ‏@davideagleman 11 Oct

    Brain Science: Can we use technology to greatly enhance our natural senses? http://ow.ly/pawqo

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Oct

    Nothing like a bit of Helen Fisher on a Fri to unpack the brain rules of attraction & romantic love: http://fxn.ws/1gvWDsR  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Oct

    Opioid system activated by social rejection, to dampen emotional (not just physical) pain: http://bit.ly/GNCHEn  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Oct

    Seems our caveman ancestors who daubed cave walls with humanity’s 1st artistic efforts were,in fact,mostly cavewomen: http://bit.ly/19xIjim

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Oct

    Simple bedside brain scan improves ability to detect minimal consciousness vs complete unconsciousness: http://bit.ly/18RZWq1  #neuroscience

     

    Cambridge Psychiatry ‏@psychiatry_ucam 10 Oct

    Use of cognitive enhancing drugs by university students is commented on by @BJSahakian in the @MailOnline http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2451586/More-students-turning-cognitive-enhancing-drug-Modafinil-hope-boosting-grades-job-prospects.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 … @CamNeuro

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    Uta Frith ‏@utafrith 10 Oct

    Great post from @deevybee on obsession with speculative implications for intervention re language and brain development.

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Oct

    Suggestion in this article that we should change type of maths taught in schools to suit needs of 21st C is bang on: http://read.bi/16tZrD5

     

    Dr Natalie Butcher ‏@Dr_N_Butcher 10 Oct

    “@deevybee: What made me cross this morning? Media accounts of a brain development study http://t.co/yCX2UdzsD” #ResearchEthics

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Oct

    New drug which halts neurodegeneration in mice hailed as turning point in battle against brain disease: http://bbc.in/17giZrk  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Oct

    Does improving your working memory lead to enhancements in fluid intelligence? http://bit.ly/17mHLVL  #neuroformed #braintraining

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Oct

    Vasopressin receptors seem 2 be key 2 quickly resetting body clock after changing time zones (in mice): http://bit.ly/1e7QOQ9  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Oct

    Brain scans on 1-6yrs olds shows neuron myelin “go-faster” wrapping is mature age4 in language centres: http://bbc.in/GKh1sA  #neuroformed

     

    Neuroscience nw ‏@Neurosciencenw 8 Oct

    Neuroweapons, Neuroscience and “Brain Circuit Manipulation”: Inside Story of … – Center for Research on… http://dlvr.it/460jsz

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Oct

    “selective [prefrontal] enlargement is part of a trend that has been present since..dawn of primates” http://bit.ly/1e5IuQT  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Oct

    Fantastic, inspiring account of having Parkinson’s from age of 8 (yes eight) & just getting on with it: http://ind.pn/1agHTcc  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Oct

    The immune system plays a more powerful role in your brain than you may have realised: http://bit.ly/17iQ3Ok  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Neuro Now ‏@NeuroNow 7 Oct

    Nobel winners plotted body’s ‘cell traffic’ system: …  the vesicle system.

    Suedhof, a neuroscientist, … http://bit.ly/17PmYym

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Oct

    Breakfast and the brain: http://bit.ly/1fF3bri  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Oct

    Human Brain Project 1) Wait 10 yrs for powerful enough supercomputers 2) Build VR human brain: http://bbc.in/GHjS5M  3) Re-watch Terminator

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Oct

    Male vs female brains. Neurophilosopher @mocost sets us straight on facts of this ever-popular theme: http://bit.ly/17JDQ9P  #neuroformed

     

    Kate Nightingale ‏@StylePsychology 6 Oct

    Just watching #BodyLanguageSecrets programme on #Sky2 Great as always! @therealanjulam @drpetercollett @DrJackLewis

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    Gary Marcus ‏@GaryMarcus 23 Sep

    Jetpacks and flying cars. Has the future finally arrived? Or will it be supplanted by autonomous ground vehicles? http://www.kurzweilai.net/jetpack-to-be-available-in-2014?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8749b4c39a-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6de721fb33-8749b4c39a-282092137 …

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    Discover Magazine ‏@DiscoverMag 4 Oct

    4,000-year-old brain preserved after boiling in its own juices http://bit.ly/16Kj1NM  pic.twitter.com/OJWEKRqp9a

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Oct

    @dyskinesiachick @NBCNews I thought so too. Always nice to stumble across a film that does brain science justice. Now no need to stumble!

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Oct

    Hollywood movies exploring brain science themes scored, ranked and indexed for quality, accuracy & relevance: http://nbcnews.to/19oclyW  #neuro

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Oct

    What kind of people tend to believe in conspiracy theories? http://bit.ly/15ScJtK  #neuroformed #personality

     

    Björn Brembs ‏@brembs 4 Oct

    Science Mag sting of #OA journals: is it about #OpenAccess or about peer review? http://wp.me/psD5K-181

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Oct

    Brain area responsible for driving fair behaviour when dealing with other people is ID’ed: http://ti.me/1g9S0Vh  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Oct

    Dream machine (for mice). Optogenetics used to switch on REM sleep via circuit in lateral hypothalamus: http://bit.ly/1brkwC9  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Oct

    Hearing colours – a poem on auditory synaesthesia: http://bit.ly/1g7qlEh  #neuroformed

     

    Scott Barry Kaufman ‏@sbkaufman 3 Oct

    The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/2013/10/03/the-real-link-between-creativity-and-mental-illness/?WT.mc_id=SA_sharetool_Twitter … via @sciam #SciAmBlogs

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Oct

    Exercise is great for brains = it encourages release of BDNF from hypothalamus promoting neurogenesis: http://huff.to/1f0pZAm  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Oct

    Why adolescents are prone to take risky decisions / develop long lasting addictions: http://bit.ly/18NDoYm  by @field_matt #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Oct

    Higher incidence of bipolar disorder for offspring of mums who smoke during pregnancy: http://bit.ly/16FKT5r  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Oct

    White matter connecting areas involved in sadness/depression is in worse nick in night owl brains than early birds: http://bit.ly/1btTQgz

     

    D. Bunnell ‏@BrainfitWorld 1 Oct

    How to Improve Your Short-Term Memory Without Playing Computer Games http://ow.ly/p6psd  #brain

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    Dr. David Ballard ‏@DrDavidBallard 1 Oct

    .@BarackObama to award Medal of Freedom to psychologist Daniel Kahneman, PhD (@APA) http://bit.ly/16EAFlQ  #psychology

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Oct

    Carrying coconut shells2hide in transit: with 500M neurons vs our 86Bn an octopus is still a pretty smart cookie: http://bit.ly/1bpoZC1

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Oct

    RIP visual brain pioneer David Hubel: http://www.theguardian.com/science/neurophilosophy/2013/sep/30/obituary-david-hubel … #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Oct

    Seeing a shape when it’s not really there (illusory contours) evokes activity in visual brain’s areaV4: http://bit.ly/170uR0l  #neuroscience

     

    mindhacks blog ‏@mindhacksblog 1 Oct

    The effect of diminished belief in free will: Studies have shown that people who believe things happen randoml… http://bit.ly/1bp2gGf

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Sep

    Developing new technologies to accelerate #re-habilitation from #stroke after discharge from hospital: http://bit.ly/17fxjmM  #neuroformed

     

    Neuroskeptic ‏@Neuro_Skeptic 30 Sep

    Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene are associated with psychopathy http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24059750  “Hug hormone in psychopath gene shock!”

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    Erin Brodwin ‏@erbrod 30 Sep

    The science of beating #addiction: Why addicts should be treated as people with a choice http://theatln.tc/17iUoFq  by @slsatel in @TheAtlantic

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Sep

    Oct = brain tumour awareness month: http://huff.to/19iz3IE  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Sep

    False memories: http://bbc.in/198DbRn  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 27 Sep

    Following my #brain-adapting powers of #internet #porn blog: http://bit.ly/1al6Gwo  Norman Doidge explains further: http://bit.ly/19CIKE1

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 27 Sep

    Most of the damage of a traumatic brain injury occurs after the event, but Xenon gas may stop the rot: http://bit.ly/16Fa3KA  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 27 Sep

    Ballerina’s brains adapt to reduce spinning-induced dizziness: http://bbc.in/1fu2b9m  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Sep

    Powers of Omega3 to boost brain function thrown into question – but don’t ditch the oily fish just yet: http://bit.ly/19C4y2l  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Sep

    Lithium is an effective treatment for several psychiatric illnesses yet we don’t know how it works-here’s a new clue: http://bit.ly/15wTEOo

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Sep

    @drjacklewis aw thanks Hugo – that you found my ramblings worthy of a re-tweet is high praise indeed – hope all is well…

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Sep

    Prosthetic limb controlled with greater than usual accuracy via nerves feeding thigh muscles: http://bit.ly/1b89P3X  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Sep

    How virtual environments can shape your brain: http://bit.ly/1al6Gwo  #neuroscience #neuroformed #neuroplasticity

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Sep

    @DrSkyrme good point well made… today I have learned that you cannot reply to a favourited tweet… #somethingneweveryday

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Sep

    A recent news article about online porn got me thinking about how virtual environments shape our brains: http://bit.ly/1al6Gwo  #neuroformed

     

    Scientific American ‏@sciam 25 Sep

    Humans May Be Most Adaptive Species http://bit.ly/18ZDloa

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Sep

    Environments shape brains – stimulating 1’s help people w/ traumatic brain injury hold onto grey matter: http://bit.ly/1an88P1  #neuroformed

     

    Professor Bob ‏@psychoBOBlogy 25 Sep

    Are Men’s Brains Just Bigger? | discover http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2013/09/25/are-mens-brains-just-bigger/#.UkLV18i9LCR …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Sep

    Neuroscience insight into what goes on in the brain of a psychopath when they see other people suffer: http://fxn.ws/16I0wmZ  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Sep

    @all_time_sykes maybe hold off caffeine for few yrs: http://bit.ly/1al0pAV  – caffeine helps brains in adulthood but hinders in adolescence

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Sep

    Party mums beware: cocaine exposure in womb has long term consequences when baby brain hits adolescence: http://bit.ly/1dIjv6b  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Sep

    Personal Trainer for brain sounds dodgy? This bespoke brain training is provided by top medical centre: http://bit.ly/1aiwWYi  #neuroformed

     

    Stephen Marcus ‏@stephen_marcus 23 Sep

    One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations ~ Steve Allen

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Sep

    @SydenhamHigh Absolute pleasure. Thanks for having me back again. I always enjoy talking brains with such intelligent young people… ;-)

     

    Medical Xpress ‏@medical_xpress 23 Sep

    Breakthrough offers first direct measurement of #spinalcord myelin in multiple sclerosis http://medx.cc/299158480

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Sep

    Pornography addicts have exaggerated responses to sexual images in pleasure pathway (ventral striatum): http://ind.pn/18OdeAu  #neuroscience

     

    William Eggers ‏@wdeggers 23 Sep

    More behavioral economics. The Mental Strain of Making Do With Less http://nyti.ms/15bLBX6

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Sep

    High IQ teenagers stay in hyper-learning brain state (more typical of earlier childhood) for longer: http://n.pr/15OhXWy  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Sep

    Out with old chemical interventions, in with new electrical / light-sensitive brain interventions: http://bit.ly/16PPFKV  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Sep

    Mystery of multiple sclerosis trigger, new evidence suggests grey matter problems presage white matter damage: http://bit.ly/1gDGpLB  #MS

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Sep

    @all_time_sykes moderate dose, 3-5 cups per day max, beyond that it’s bad news.. thanks for getting in touch and for the follow..

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Sep

    @amelia_barling Glad you enjoyed it, nice to meet you&thanks for the follow. Good luck with the challenge I set you,let me know how it goes.

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Sep

    RIP Candace Pert – neuro-explorer who played a key role in the discovery of the opiate receptors: http://nyti.ms/17OOqv2  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Sep

    Mechanism of use it or lose it – how brains ensure synaptic connections in active pathways mature: http://bit.ly/1dv9sB8  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Sep

    Nu-complexes originating in the hippocampus spotted in brain of person in a very deep coma: http://bit.ly/17OBqFY  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Sep

    US endocrinologist uses EEG neurofeedback to help people whose cortisol and stress levels are all over the place: http://fxn.ws/15F58xJ

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Sep

    “..study highlights potential new method for detecting tau..key player in both Alzheimer’s &frontotemporal dementia”: http://bbc.in/18azqsj

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Sep

    Big shout going out to the Sydenham High Yr11 crew. Your ability to focus & engage with secrets of the brain for 2 solid hours astounded me!

     

    Brainworks Rehab ‏@BrainworksRehab 19 Sep

    How does the body clock work? http://ow.ly/oYW8d  #Sleep #Circadian

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    Caspar Addyman ‏@BrainStraining 19 Sep

    To learn more children should have more playtime and less lessons – Peter Gray on the power of play http://babylaughter.net/blog/2013/09/19/the-power-of-play-peter-gray/ …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Sep

    Shining light on what goes on in the brains of traders as their decisions create stock-market bubbles: http://ind.pn/153jiKr  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Sep

    “musical training could *possibly* sharpen the brain’s response to language”: http://bit.ly/17I7ZFz  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Sep

    Persistent back pain predicted by using brain scans to take snap shots of white matter integrity: http://lat.ms/1gy8XGc  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Sep

    Telomeres shrink when cells replicate, limiting life duration. Now, it seems, healthy lifestyle can extend them!!: http://bit.ly/1aHMUMw

     

    Prof Sophie Scott ‏@sophiescott 17 Sep

    excited about next week’s Life Scientific (9am, R4)? You should be, because it’s about ME *uncontrollable ego klaxon* http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bdpl5 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Sep

    #Brain areas involved in manipulating mental images in mind’s eye – there’s a lot of ‘em!: http://bit.ly/169g1Dv  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Sep

    US brain initiative prioritises tackling “how circuits in..brain generate complex thoughts & behaviour” http://nyti.ms/18uxFbC  #neuroscience

     

    Corpina Nootropics ‏@corpina_noots 13 Sep

    Antioxidants and their Role in Improving Brain Function | http://buff.ly/13RcRY4

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    DementiaToday ‏@DementiaToday 16 Sep

    A Novel Neurotrophic Drug for Cognitive Enhancement and Alzheimer’s Disease http://tinyurl.com/84b5crr  #dementia, #alz

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Sep

    Brain benefits of a nap: http://bit.ly/168rT8J  I’ve encouraged many institutions to tolerate napping to increase productivity #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Sep

    DNA analysis of girl who cannot feel pain advances understanding of genes critical for nociception: http://bit.ly/14ZNsZH  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Sep

    Lower/upper PFC brain areas battle it out when tempted by immediate gratification/exerting self-control: http://bit.ly/1gmIvPI  #neuroformed

     

    Guardian Tech ‏@guardiantech 13 Sep

    Introducing Observer Tech Monthly – tech, science & ideas from the Observer on Sunday #owntheweekend https://vine.co/v/hnZjpgAZHTd

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    Guardian Tech ‏@guardiantech 13 Sep

    We have abandoned our children to the internet | Beeban Kidron http://bit.ly/13XzjyP

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    Elizabeth R. Miller ‏@ElzbthMllr 13 Sep

    RT @RWJF_PubHealth: Regular exercise may help decrease #depression: http://bit.ly/16qezRf

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    Neurensics ‏@Neurensics 13 Sep

    New study shows that the intensity of facebook use can be predicted by reward-related activity in the brain http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130829214400.htm …

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    Chris Frith ‏@cdfrith 13 Sep

    RT @neuroconscience: infering confidence form movements Players’ Poker Hands Is Perceived Accurately From Arm Motions http://bit.ly/1e8NlDo

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Sep

    Child abuse changes the brain qualifying it as a serious public health concern: http://bit.ly/180jKGi  #neuroformed #development #childabuse

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Sep

    With the inimitable @polarbearpirate putting final touches to our new book (out in March)

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Sep

    Sleep studies w/ AAD patients give clues as2 where in  brain dreams originate: http://lat.ms/188qiQP  #neuroformed #neuroscience #neurology

     

    Simon Baron-Cohen ‏@sbaroncohen 12 Sep

    Huge Danish study shows younger siblings of a child with autism are 7 times more likely to develop autism http://tiny.cc/9j6b3w

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Sep

    Just about 2 start filming for CBC with the lovely Peter Keleghan of Seinfeld, Cheers, Newsroom fame – a very nice man, a very very nice man

     

    Reasonable Ape ‏@ReasonableApe 12 Sep

    The McGurk Effect http://youtu.be/BDGkCsdyKXs  #Speech #perception #illusion

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    Social Psych ‏@SoclPsych 12 Sep

    Are We Hard-Wired to Enjoy Cheating? : DNews http://fb.me/6tmitii5J

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    Dr Andrew Storey ‏@dracstorey 10 Sep

    #DCLibStudies great talk on the brain from @DrJackLewis .. drink more water and take exercise .. good for your brain

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Sep

    @dracstorey many thanks for the positive feedback! You’re very kind..

     

    Anna Simpson ‏@AnnaSimpson87 11 Sep

    @DrJackLewis  Great talk @ DulwichCollege: accessible, useful & fascinating, took me back 2 my psych undergrad before theatre stole my heart

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Sep

    @AnnaSimpson87 thank you very much for taking the time to give some feedback, much obliged!

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Sep

    Tracking changes in #schizophrenic brain over long term & examining impact of anti-psychotic medications: http://bit.ly/1d5Qf8W  #psychiatry

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Sep

    Stimulation of nucleus basalis (http://bit.ly/184bnqR ) during learning enhances recall: http://bit.ly/15O8YAG  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Sep

    Opiate addiction relies on molecular mechanism in amygdala where memory of intense reward is stored: http://bit.ly/1asABDF  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Sep

    Irrespective of what my hero Sir David Attenborough might believe, we are all still evolving: http://bit.ly/1azCEJx  #neuroformed #evolution

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Sep

    A concise re-cap on why regularly speaking two languages is so good for your brain:: http://huff.to/1e29tze  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Sep

    How to definitively measure #brain damage threat from sports injuries? Scan before as well as after: http://bit.ly/1eBdOIr  #neuroscience

     

    Adam ‏@adamhayden 10 Sep

    A nice take on current neuroscience/cognition:

     

    Adam Gopnik: The New Neuro-Skeptics http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2013/09/09/130909crbo_books_gopnik?currentPage=all?mbid=social_retweet … via @NewYorker

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Sep

    Deterioration of fornix (#brain structure feeding info to hippocampus) may foretell cognitive decline: http://bit.ly/17MYIfX  #neuroscience

     

    David Nutt ‏@ProfDavidNutt 10 Sep

    Sensible parenting drugs advice from @timlottwriter http://ow.ly/oJ79c . More drugs info from me & @Official_ISCD: http://drugscience.org.uk

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Sep

    Famous autistic academic Temple Grandin interviewed live today by @SciAmNeur at 1pm EDT (5pm GMT): http://bit.ly/1evgE1O  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Sep

    Why do we humans love to see, hear, touch etc. the ocean so much, here’s some suggestions: http://huff.to/1exxhtz  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Sep

    Why some people just can’t sing – less about hearing badly, more about poor control of vocal apparatus: http://bit.ly/14sQU42  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Sep

    Survey of erogenous zones: http://bit.ly/13tGMFy  #neuroformed #sexhospital

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Sep

    Why brains love yoga: http://huff.to/1acJdhJ  #neuroformed

     

    Psychology Quotes ‏@QuotePsychology 8 Sep

    Earth laughs in flowers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote #quotes

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 6 Sep

    #Brain gyms can work, so long as one cognitive skill is targeted at a time: http://bit.ly/15JgoUZ  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    John Hewitt ‏@jhewitt123 6 Sep

    Featured on Brains & Beers: Whats a glial connectome look like? http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-09-glial-connectomes.html …  @KordingLab @nucAmbiguous https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110381959669738916846 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 6 Sep

    People make poorer financial decisions when money’s tight compared to when they’re flush for cash: http://bit.ly/193dXAt  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 6 Sep

    Making music together boosts prosocial behaviour: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130905202851.htm …

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Sep

    Here’s that #braintraining video game for seniors again,sorry2repost but NYT hacks write so eloquently: http://nyti.ms/13erpkh  #neuroscience

     

    Sarah-JayneBlakemore ‏@sjblakemore 5 Sep

    The development of metacognitive ability in adolescence. Open access article:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053810013000068 …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Sep

    Analysis of laser beam reflection from brain tissue during surgery helps to find tumour edge with greater accuracy: http://bbc.in/1dIl4Uf

     

    Keith R Laws ‏@Keith_Laws 5 Sep

    Smoking & reduced negative symptoms in schizophrenia @PLOSONE http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0071343 … Exploring nicotinic pathways for novel treatments?

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Sep

    Neurons get the headlines,but glial cells are gaining increased recognition as brain’s unsung heroes: http://bit.ly/15ZhlMY  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Sep

    @NeilRBurns Without myelin wrapping the speed at which electrical messages are sent down axon (wire) of that neuron is significantly reduced

     

    Scott Barry Kaufman ‏@sbkaufman 4 Sep

    Why Do You Want to Be Famous? | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/2013/09/04/why-do-you-want-to-be-famous/?WT.mc_id=SA_sharetool_Twitter … via @sciam #SciAmBlogs

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Sep

    Mapping sights, sound and smells onto the human brain (warning: gory pic of electrodes on human brain): http://bit.ly/1dDJf6a  #neuroscience

     

    Popular Science ‏@PopSci 4 Sep

    A new driving-based video game helps senior citizens multitask better than twentysomethings http://pops.ci/1efl906

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Sep

    Sleep (in particular: REM sleep) bolsters maturation of go-faster myelin wrapping around brain wires: http://bbc.in/17CRklw  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Sep

    That’s surely going to end in tears.. RT @mims: China moving legalize parcel delivery by drone http://qz.com/120654/china-could-become-the-first-country-to-legalize-parcel-delivery-by-drone/ …

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Sep

    Window to the brain – literally: http://bbc.in/1eap3aP  Soon it’ll be offered as a cosmetic procedure: “does my brain look big in this?” ;-)

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Sep

    “It’s not that I’m so smart..It’s that I stay with problems longer” Albert Einstein quoted in the excellent Quiet by Susan Cain #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Sep

    Facebook’s addictiveness may be explained by sporadic NA activation upon receipt of social affirmation: http://ti.me/15sSNrs  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Sep

    Developing opioids that kill the pain without inducing a high – best way to limit potential for abuse: http://bit.ly/17gFfjj  #neuroscience

     

    Vaughan Bell ‏@vaughanbell 2 Sep

    Separating neuromyths from science in education http://is.gd/uktFoF  via @bengoldacre

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Sep

    “..later in childhood..2nd #language is acquired..greater are..changes in..inferior frontal cortex”:http://bit.ly/17hRJY5  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Sep

    Alcohol seems 2 disrupt connectivity b/ween amygdala-OFC + ability 2 read emotional facial expressions: http://bit.ly/18x4WgS  #neuroscience

     

    Miguel Angel Escotet ‏@DrEscotet 2 Sep

    RT @SusanaDeLeonMD: Excellent overview of state of affairs in #neuroscience by @jonlieffmd  http://bit.ly/19cpopF  @DrEscotet

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Sep

    Insomniacs show decreased activity in brain areas associated w/ working memory during increasingly tough memory test: http://bbc.in/176InhO

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Aug

    Babies remember words that they heard from the womb before birth: http://bit.ly/15cQgZ6  #psychology

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Aug

    Harvard study suggests stresses of poverty reduce cognitive capacity: http://reut.rs/17ml0ox  Talk about a vicious cycle :-( #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Aug

    Can’t remember last time a #neuro-breakthrough left me feeling so flat: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23863544 … Mini human brains will contribute very little

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Aug

    What is schizophrenia? What is madness? Questions as relevant now as they ever were: http://bit.ly/18dej5e  #psychiatry #dontcallmecrazy

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Aug

    Neurolegend Rajesh Rao (champion of predictive coding) controls colleague’s arm with his brainwaves: http://usat.ly/18iDZxl   #neuroscience

     

    Natasha Eyles ‏@NatashaEyles 27 Aug

    @DrJackLewis my brain was working overtime last night, I had the most vivid dreams and you were in them! I blame #SexHospital on b4 bed ha!

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 28 Aug

    Sweet, colourful and deadly addictive – drug lords trying to hook Thai kids on meth as young as possible – horrific: http://bit.ly/1dkuq8s

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 27 Aug

    RIP Dr Huttenlocher – neurolegend who spotted that synapses are pruned back over course of adolescence: http://nyti.ms/14Z37bA  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 27 Aug

    Another cracker from @mocost – how brains incorporate added extras into their body maps: http://bit.ly/1aJ19Dc  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 27 Aug

    Study indicates improved cognitive flexibility as a result of intensive engagement with fast-moving strategy game: http://huff.to/1f9Zlk9

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Aug

    Trippy optical illusions flicker with the same frequency as brain alpha waves: http://huff.to/14p6o7x  #illusion #neuroscience #vision #brain

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Aug

    Empathy: how your brain can feeling the pain that others are about to go through: http://onforb.es/19Ngraw  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Aug

    Lovely description of how owl brains map visual and auditory space to keep track of prey when hunting: http://bit.ly/19Od0jY  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Aug

    Humans dramatically change environments, a selection pressure that’s increasing #brain size of co-habiting creatures: http://nyti.ms/12sfKhj

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Aug

    Brain regions comprising ‘switch’ btwn internal thought&external sensory info impaired in schizophrenia http://bit.ly/14Z0k12  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Aug

    Mirror neurons: “allow us to grasp the minds of others not through conceptual reasoning but through direct simulation..” Rizzolatti NYT 2006

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Aug

    Whether or not sugar snack provides boost when depleted by mentally challenging work depends on beliefs: http://bit.ly/14QnExT  #neuroformed

     

    Colleen McCaffery ‏@deadendrite 21 Aug

    Social giving makes us happier: implications for nonprofits http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130820135034.htm#.UhS2yEzU-Z4.twitter … #nonprofit

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    NIBIB ‏@NIBIBgov 15 Aug

    Exercise and stress cause visible changes to the brain. Expert brain imager, Paul Thompson, explains http://youtu.be/xpy_rAWSWkA  #brainimaging

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Aug

    Morning sex/restorative napping: testosterone levels fall in day,restored by sleep,peak around 1st REM sleep,high until waking #sexhospital

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 21 Aug

    Learning finger movement seq. consolidated during sleep (delta waves in SMA) for improved performance: http://bit.ly/13PNcvM  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Aug

    Thank you @folkinabox for a lovely 1-on-1 concert on Young Vic’s balcony – a fantastic “creative break” from writing! pic.twitter.com/AlqZGjXxE0

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Aug

    Great piece from @mocost on Prof Loftus / fallibility of witness testimony based on “recovered” memories: http://bit.ly/14RU8fa  #psychology

     

    Galen Bodenhausen ‏@GVBodenhausen 20 Aug

    Psychedelics & mental health: Population study finds psychedelic use associated with fewer mental health problems http://buff.ly/12lwU02

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Aug

    But on the other hand… RT @tharagai: reflects on the dropping rate of #Dementia http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/health/study-finds-dip-in-dementia-rates.html?_r=0 … #insightsbs #stayingalive

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Aug

    How trace levels of dietary copper (building up over long periods of time) may accelerate Alzheimer’s: http://bit.ly/12ljq4r  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 20 Aug

    Using #brain activations to determine which letter of alphabet subject in MRI scanner is looking at: http://bit.ly/1d0ol0K  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Aug

    Curious that vagus nerve stimulation seems2benefit people w/cluster headache,depression&maybe tinnitus.. http://bit.ly/1bMmMjQ  #neuroformed

     

    Brilliant Ads ‏@Brilliant_Ads 10 Aug

    Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. pic.twitter.com/xruG2YsEy3

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Aug

    Measuring EEG signals… via the ear: http://bit.ly/1acI7F2  #neuroformed #neuroscience #brain

     

    Chris Chambers ‏@chrisdc77 19 Aug

    Ten of the most interesting errors & biases we fall prey to while #driving: http://www.theguardian.com/science/head-quarters/2013/aug/19/driving-road-neuroscience-psychology … #psychology #GuardianHQ

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Aug

    “aggression, attention problems & withdrawal behaviour..all associated with soft drink consumption in young children” http://bit.ly/1acI7F2

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Aug

    The chicken & egg of intelligence – why might taller people become smarter? (teacher favouritism) http://bit.ly/14EErUH  #STEM #neuroformed

     

    Neuroscience nw ‏@Neurosciencenw 16 Aug

    Crosswords don’t make you clever – The Economist http://dlvr.it/3pkbjD

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    Cary Cooper ‏@ProfCaryCooper 16 Aug

    A report that drinking more than 4 cups of coffee everyday can damage your health Too many confounding factors? http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3844357.ece …

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    Hannah Devlin ‏@hannahdev 16 Aug

    @soozaphone if you do, this is a really good paper on coffee, breaking down association by specific causes of death http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010#t=articleBackground …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Aug

    Your amazingly adaptable# brain. Eye movements quickly adjust around blockage to central vision: http://bit.ly/16gzhlB  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Aug

    Anyone can be good at maths, you just need the right teaching strategy: http://bit.ly/142mlAh  #STEM #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Aug

    Putting the left-brained versus right brained myth to bed, for good: http://bit.ly/14zPoqq  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Aug

    Simple test to measure consciousness: http://bit.ly/14d5ZRN  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Aug

    Excellent article on impact of porn trends on real life sex: http://bbc.in/1eJMJjz  – a really important topic for debate… #sexhospital

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Aug

    Scanning important brain pathway 2 predict kids likely to develop dyslexia 4 better early intervention: http://bbc.in/169oYzE  #neuroscience

     

    Nicol Sara ‏@SaraSnicolau 14 Aug

    __Diffusion Tensor Image of Brain fiber tracts  #IOD http://bit.ly/1cHxBqm  pic.twitter.com/ZqLqYPVMBV @TheScientistLLC

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Aug

    New drug discovery inspirations from unique individuals with amazing genes / biological characteristics: http://onforb.es/13jUz3M  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 14 Aug

    People eat less from a plate of food when it’s labelled “double-sized” rather than “regular” http://bit.ly/16x5u7d  #neuroformed #psychology

     

    Faun Kime ‏@FaunKime 13 Aug

    Great infographic on how important bees are to our food supply. #savethebees http://ow.ly/nTtct

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Aug

    Very #sexhospital-esque article suggesting multiplicity of ways in which #orgasm is good for brains: http://bit.ly/16IKZnZ

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Aug

    Had no idea 3D printers could be used 2build living body parts – here’s some ears – amazing! http://bit.ly/1brXGqo  #neuroformed #technology

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Aug

    I’d like my sensory brain implant to give me UV vision to see what bees & turtles can see: http://bit.ly/19dv4QX  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 13 Aug

    Surge of #brain activity when heart stops beating thought to generate near-death experiences: http://bbc.in/165KjtY  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Aug

    Experimental robotic device guided to location of blood clot by CT scan & sucks it out to get blood flowing: http://bit.ly/13ePx8A  #stroke

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Aug

    Flexible hubs proposed as key 2how humans adapt so adeptly 2changing circumstances: http://bit.ly/16KBM0p  #brain #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Aug

    Genetic analysis reveals large degree of overlap between major mental illnesses: http://bit.ly/13RIwJj  #neuroscience #genetics #psychiatry

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Aug

    I mentioned earlier this week that SciFi imaginings=much closer 2 becoming reality than you might think: http://fxn.ws/13UamAZ  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Aug

    Your #brain’s marvellous ability to effortlessly autocorrect without you even realising: http://bit.ly/197Bl0v  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Aug

    Remember the nun study? 678 nun’s tested over several decades, brains examined after death, to understand Alz better: http://bit.ly/14cUhW9

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Aug

    @alessarampolla Hey Alessa, We’re going out in the UK on Monday at 10pm!! Fingers crossed it goes down well. Besos y abrazos. Cuida te, Jxx

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    Business booming in #BrainTraining market (hit $1Bn last year) as consumers not bothered re: lack of strong evidence: http://econ.st/16xPGRA

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Aug

    Genius image, check this out!! RT @PopSci: Infographic! What Pangaea would look like with modern political boundaries http://pops.ci/19Q3yM0

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Aug

    Fantastic short film demonstrates how mind-bogglingy tightly-packed neurons of the retina are: http://bit.ly/1cvTZD9  #neuroscience #brain

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Aug

    I suspect IBM’s cognitive computers (functioning more like brains than normal computers) will turn SciFi in2 reality: http://onforb.es/1ceyMON

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Aug

    Emotiv raise half a million US dollars on kickstarter to revamp their EEG brain scan headset technology: http://bit.ly/16C0Iar  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Aug

    2cups of cocoa/day improves blood delivery throughout brain: http://cbsn.ws/14l1SpM  Other tips for delaying dementia: http://bit.ly/15bestT

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Aug

    @ballantine70 ah, I see, so it’s a matter of approaching journalists rather than titles they publish in..intros would be gratefully received

     

    The Atlantic ‏@TheAtlantic 7 Aug

    Why sleep deprivation makes people want to eat fat http://theatln.tc/175DRSs

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    Psychiatry Update ‏@PsychUpdate 7 Aug

    Psychiatrist’s respond to Wll Self’s “Drug Pushers” piece in The Guardian http://gu.com/p/3hptx/tw   @guardian

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 7 Aug

    @HEBF1 hi, thanks for the re-tweet! I’m not ignoring your email. Just flew in after a week away. Will reply by the end of the week…

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 31 Jul

    July blog just posted, all about what we can do to Hang Onto Our Marbles: http://bit.ly/15bestT  #neuroformed ..gone surfing, back in a week

     

    Matt Ballantine ‏@ballantine70 31 Jul

    @timanderson @ABridgwater @mbrit problem with micro moments = mental switching costs http://www.apa.org/research/action/multitask.aspx … (cc @DrJackLewis)

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    Psychotherapy Herts ‏@TherapyHerts 30 Jul

    I applaud @bbcthree for their realistic and empathetic portrayal of extreme OCD #extremeOCDcamp

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Jul

    I’m really enjoying learning about all the different flavours of OCD on #extremeOCDcamp – fascinating programme – amazingly brave people

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Jul

    Why did human monogamy evolve? To stop offspring being murdered by rival males, it seems: http://bit.ly/1bFtM5z  #neuroformed #parenting

     

    Neuromarketing ‏@neuromarketing 30 Jul

    Neuromarketing for Dummies via Neuromarketing – Book Review: Neuromarketing For Dummies by Stephen … http://tinyurl.com/oj5b3bv

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Jul

    How insights from #neuroeconomics can inform strategies that help you manage your money better: http://bit.ly/12yZXj0  #neuroformed #brain

     

    Danielle DeSouza ‏@NeuroNerd13 30 Jul

    Brilliant =) Bacteria- the only culture some people have… via @I_love_science_ pic.twitter.com/G0PYszU5B8

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 30 Jul

    According to New York Times review re: recent neuro books… Touching a Nerve 1 – 0 Brainwashed: http://nyti.ms/162Z9QF  #neuroformed #brain

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Jul

    “Astrocytes..help2limit..spread of damage after..#stroke & may also help2regenerate & repair damaged #brain cells.” http://bit.ly/18Mgnrh

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Jul

    Lifestyle choices have a significant impact when it comes to delaying the onset of dementia: http://bit.ly/16sTDqd  #neuroformed #brain

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 29 Jul

    Cause of #migraine: more to do with layout of brain blood vessels than composition of brain chemicals? http://huff.to/16ewYQJ  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Jul

    Neuroscience of Aggression & Sex, by one of the most prolific & enduring #neuroscience commentators: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=touching-a-nerve-exploring-the-implications-of-the-self-as-brain-part-1 … … #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Jul

    Recent research indicates might be sensible 2 postpone cannabis until after adolescence has finished sculpting brain: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/marijuana_use_adolescence_may_cause_permanent_brain_abnormalities-117040 …

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 26 Jul

    How to implant a false memory: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jul/25/false-memory-implanted-mouse-brain … (in a mouse) #neuroscience #optogenetics #memory

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Jul

    #EEG evidence suggests “sex addiction” is just lame excuse for not bothering to exert control over sexual behaviour: http://bit.ly/13B9ZhL

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Jul

    #Dementia, #Stroke & #MentalHealth estimated to cost UK £113 billion per year – imagine the global financial burden! http://bit.ly/144UL7K

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Jul

    Surely this is a wind up? Research linking human & fish gestures by scientist called Bass in an article by McGill ;-) http://bit.ly/13drXDA

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 25 Jul

    Art exhibition focusing on brains at Manchester’s museum of science & industry features some thought-provoking stuff: http://bbc.in/13Gflbu

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Jul

    First there was the homunculus, now we have… the mouseunculus and moleunculus: http://bit.ly/17DbJae  #neuroscience #brain

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    Dr. Larry McCleary ‏@DrLarryMcCleary 10 Jul

    Increased Risk of Heart Disease Linked to Decreased Brain Function   http://psych.ly/13VM8HM  via @psychcentral #heartdisease #brain

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Jul

    Never come across the Einstein Aging Study? Have a look at this for clues about keeping dementia at bay: http://bit.ly/17DbJae  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Jul

    There may be something in the concept of “beauty sleep” after all: http://bit.ly/13C3POn  #neuroformed

     

    Inside The Brain ‏@The_Brain_Blog 24 Jul

    Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Child’s #Brain? http://ow.ly/ngyI1

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Jul

    Blank cigarette packets make smoking seem less appealing than packets with branding: http://bit.ly/17D74oT  #neuroformed #psychology

     

    Dr. SunWolf ‏@TheSocialBrain 24 Jul

    {Our brain’s memory is a slippery thing.} Even recalling an event alters it. How memory really works in the brain: http://alturl.com/do9ma

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 24 Jul

    We ID faces as friend or foe in fifth of a sec, but are you a nose-looker or a between-the-eyes-looker?: http://bit.ly/13cNIU5  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Jul

    Crazy how good these computer chips inspired by how the #brain works (neuromorphic chips) are becoming: http://bit.ly/14CXbJF  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Jul

    Ability to learn new words related 2 thickness of white matter between Broca’s&Wernicke’s #brain areas: http://bit.ly/15cZYXT  #neuroscience

     

    Brainworks Rehab ‏@BrainworksRehab 23 Jul

    New Hypothesis Explains Why We #Sleep via @SciAm http://ow.ly/nbV7w

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 23 Jul

    Gotta admire Ruby Wax’s approach 2 dealing w/ #depression e.g. studying mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford http://bit.ly/18w8GSe

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Jul

    Great article on impact of working memory training on #brain connectivity and function: http://bit.ly/15Zf2cy  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Mo Costandi ‏@mocost 21 Jul

    Weight Loss Improves Memory and Alters Brain Activity in Overweight Women http://bit.ly/14Gtg1l  via @razibkhan @whsource

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    Professor Bob ‏@psychoBOBlogy 21 Jul

    Everything you know about the brain is wrong | Salon http://www.salon.com/2013/07/21/everything_you_know_about_the_brain_is_wrong/?source=newsletter …

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    Brain ‏@BrainCosmos 22 Jul

    To create a robot with common sense, mimic a toddler http://bit.ly/12XSjNx

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    Aidan Horner ‏@aidanhorner 22 Jul

    Must watch! RT @tom_hartley John O’Keefe’s talk on how the brain represents the space we live in: http://royalsociety.tv/rsPlayer.aspx?presentationid=1121 … …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Jul

    Regular social contact, sustained attention, precisely timed movements, group coordination..hand-bell brain training! http://bit.ly/13v4gtO

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Jul

    Can’t get enough of these tales of workplace +’ve discrimination for people with autism spectrum disorder: http://thebea.st/17tGMW7  #ASD

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 22 Jul

    Revolt against the constant, flagrant, un-restrained use of smartphones in public – and what’s the 1st thing I do..?! pic.twitter.com/vFqAOv9NTi

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    Leonor Agan ‏@LeonorAgan 21 Jul

    RT @carlsenior1: The psychology of workout music http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2575739 …

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    BPSOfficial ‏@BPSOfficial 21 Jul

    Working in hot weather affects employees’ attention span and reduces cognitive functions http://ow.ly/n7usT

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Jul

    Impact of law changes on psychiatric admissions for #cannabis psychosis: http://bit.ly/13mPWUb  courtesy of @soozaphone #neuroscience #drugs

     

    neurobollocks ‏@neurobollocks 19 Jul

    WOW that’s fast! Wait, what?!

    “The brain can process information at up to 120 meters per second”

    http://cogstate.com/our-company/about/ …

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    Nicol Sara ‏@SaraSnicolau 19 Jul

    __Why you think your phone is vibrating when it is not

    http://wp.me/ptsTD-742  vía @wordpressdotcom

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Jul

    Talking about yourself feels good (even better if someone’s listening) ‘cos it stimulates reward system: http://bit.ly/18lk1Im  #neuroformed

     

    Derren Brown ‏@DerrenBrown 19 Jul

    Would also recommend: Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking – by Susan Cain…

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Jul

    10MHz of UltraSound applied to the brain for 30s can induce feelings of elevated mood: http://bit.ly/15MJuEz  #neuroscience #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 19 Jul

    Love that “mens amplio” brain installation for burning man only shoots flames if controller gets in2meditative state: http://bit.ly/112z3NI

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Jul

    Improve #brain health with green tea, a toothbrush, cholesterol & nature docs: http://huff.to/15p6Jop  #neuroformed #neuroscience #psychology

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Jul

    “The human #brain just isn’t very well designed to monitor for an event that very rarely happens” http://ti.me/1dGKf58  #neuroformed

     

    New Scientist ‏@newscientist 18 Jul

    Viva Las Vagus: Meditate your way to better health thanks to your vagus nerve http://ow.ly/n5KvM  (PREVIEW)

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 18 Jul

    #brain benefits of being bilingual & efforts to harness them in schools: ttp://t.co/a5L4eNIJBQ #neuroformed #neuroscience #psychology

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Jul

    Improving Deep Brain Stimulation by combining it with Brain Computer Interface: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/161411-real-time-adaptive-brain-control-combining-a-bci-with-dbs-to-treat-parkinsons … #neuroformed #neuroscience #DBS #BCI

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Jul

    What a lovely email: “Hi! Just want to say you that you are awesome and keep doing what you do because you are the best. Have a nice day :)”

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Jul

    Computer bods rigged their table football 2automatically keep score, update 2leaderboard &predict score of any match! pic.twitter.com/OoHVXYaj8U

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Jul

    What it’s going to take to solve the brain (much more than just money): http://www.nature.com/news/neuroscience-solving-the-brain-1.13382 …

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Jul

    @sciencebase … no doubt. Yet there’s no harm reminding people to drink more water in this heat. That was the sole aim of that last tweet..

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 17 Jul

    Quick reminder of someting you already knew..your brain works better when it is properly hydrated – drink more water: http://dailym.ai/17kwRSw

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Jul

    “#pain is an opinion on the organism’s state of health rather than a mere reflexive response to injury” VS Ramachandran

     

    Uta Frith ‏@utafrith 16 Jul

    Read @mocost’s coverage of the BNA Neuroscience Festival on the @wellcometrust’s Think blog http://bit.ly/1aL77Eo

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Jul

    Tough day at the office… pic.twitter.com/s3kezYKv8y

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Jul

    @m_wall I’m looking forward to using neural dust to order a pizza just by thinking “calzone” ;-)

     

    Eric Zimmer ‏@etzimmer 12 Jul

    ““Never give up hope,” Using a #bci to control a robotic arm http://buff.ly/15ooTpX

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Jul

    Step aside optogenetics,here comes NEURAL DUST “sprinkle electronic sensors size of dust particles into cortex”: http://bit.ly/18kGl4G  #BCI

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Jul

    #EEG measuring beta & theta waves in #brain’s electrical activity approved in USA for use as #ADHD diagnostic tool: http://nyti.ms/13fOBhL

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 16 Jul

    Glad 2 read my favourite Harvard neurologist is doing clinical trials on many different approaches 2 #braintraining : http://b.globe.com/17dReAI

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Jul

    Interesting Q&A with Moran Cerf – computer hacker turned neuroscientist after chance conversation with Francis Crick: http://smrt.io/16DyJDB

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Jul

    Having scanned convict brains 2identify low activity in brain area linked2 empathy Kiehl’s MRI lorry is up for grabs: http://lat.ms/12DcYl4

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 15 Jul

    I usually hate “tips4keeping UR brain fit”-but these were written by a Harvard prof of neurology;so they’re accurate: http://b.globe.com/136cJmN

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Jul

    If you make it to your 90’s you’ll enjoy better mental abilities than previous generations: http://huff.to/13QgyPa  #neuroformed #ageing

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Jul

    “Though our brother is upon the rack..by imagination we place ourselves in his situation..” Adam Smith 1759 via book: Connected #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 12 Jul

    Author of Brainwashed rips into #neuromarketing, giving it a good and thoroughly well deserved spanking: http://smrt.io/14Nkmi8  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Jul

    “Nostalgia increases empathy-based charitable intentions and behaviours”: http://bit.ly/13L39Yp  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Jul

    Could having a sweet tooth be predictive of having difficulties resisting temptation to drink too much? http://bit.ly/12GgADV  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 11 Jul

    Brain benefits of reducing vices… “Healthy behaviours in mid-life may prevent cognitive decline into early old age” http://bit.ly/1acJaSN

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Jul

    Ability to learn predicted on basis of “resting connectivity” between brain areas involved in performing that skill: http://bit.ly/1aZCzOu

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Jul

    Acquired savants & one neuroscientist’s attempts 2get people thinking outside the box by zapping brains: http://bit.ly/10LFEvy  #neuroformed

     

    Fiona Williams ‏@fionacoach 10 Jul

    Tonight on the BBC: The Truth about Personality >> @profelainefox: Can science explain #optimism & #pessimism? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23229014 …

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    Neurology Today ‏@NeurologyToday 10 Jul

    To slow #cognitive decline, keep your #brain active: http://bit.ly/10MIbFW . Study: http://bit.ly/14tylcx  #neurology http://fb.me/2f9uh0IpS

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    Ward Plunet ‏@WardPlunet 10 Jul

    Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race http://bit.ly/1dfYv4D

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Jul

    I know it’s not a competition but I genuinely just heard one of the kids say: “yeah man – the guy with the brain was the best” #STEM

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 10 Jul

    Career speed dating to get young people into Science Technology Engineering and Maths careers… #STEM pic.twitter.com/DplYhxF7Si

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Jul

    Pitch-side EEG test for concussion being developed to give American Football players immediate feedback: http://bit.ly/12AKuJz  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Jul

    Singing in a choir synchronises breathing which in turn synchronises heart beat – ain’t that sweet? http://bit.ly/18KuMD9  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 9 Jul

    Regular sleeping patterns are very good for body/brain and particularly important in young children: http://bbc.in/170C3L8  #neuroformed

     

    Summer Science ‏@summerscience 8 Jul

    We have a winner! Cell Invaders is the favourite science game from the exhibition! Congratulations @sugarcomplexity http://ow.ly/mKvYu

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Jul

    Facial analysis software that discerns emotional expression may find applications in tailoring learning: http://bit.ly/1cwgDGU  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 8 Jul

    Brain area involved in spotting ideas likely2catch collective imagination&go viral is vital for empathy: http://onforb.es/14z9Oms  #neuroformed

     

    Sandeep Gautam ‏@sandygautam 7 Jul

    IQ tests hurt kids, schools — and don’t measure intelligence | @scoopit http://sco.lt/5TaJ8r

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Jul

    @sciencebase it does, all you have to do now is regularly speak a second language and dance 2-3 times per week (I’m not joking) ;-)

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Jul

    @sciencebase anyone who loses their childlike wonder and starts pulling out set pieces of behaviour over and over build no cognitive reserve

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Jul

    Could deficiency in good gut bacteria contribute2 autism spectrum disorder? http://bit.ly/1cWytDd  #Prevotella #Coprococcus #Veillonellaceae

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Jul

    @sciencebase Never grow up, hold onto child-like approach –> follow curiosity into new experiences which challenge/protect your brain…

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Jul

    If this blog wasn’t written by a Prof I’d never have darkened your twitter feed with it “This is your Brain on Kale”: http://huff.to/1cMbQRN

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 5 Jul

    Tracking changes to human DNA throughout gestation explains why taking folic acid during pregnancy is so important: http://bit.ly/18ALaWQ

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Jul

    @BevSamson Whatever brain we’ve inherited it can’t hurt2keep physically/mentally active2slightly delay whats inevitable if we lived forever!

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Jul

    @sciencebase no such thing as “cut off”..would imagine constantly challenging one’s brain throughout 50’s will build some cognitive reserve

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Jul

    Incredible!! Man hears people speak before their lips move “Badly dubbed movie” effect in everyday life: http://bit.ly/18yAKXG  #neuroformed

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Jul

    “The #brain that we have in old #age depends in part on what we habitually ask it 2 do in life” http://bbc.in/14rH92C  #neuroformed #marbles

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 4 Jul

    RIP jon driver – an inspiration to me and many neuroscientists who follow in his wake.. #neuroscience #brain #archway pic.twitter.com/EBpiLS6Ilq

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    Michael Bloomfield ‏@docbloomfield 3 Jul

    @DrJackLewis maybe – although studies in ex cannabis users suggesting normal dopamine makes this unlikely we think.

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    Fatima M Felisberti ‏@ffelisberti 3 Jul

    Contralateral smile and laughter, but no Mirth, induced by electrical stimulation of the cingulate cortex. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1528-1167.2006.00442.x/full …

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    Neurobonkers ‏@neurobonkers 3 Jul

    Banning khat makes as much sense as banning cats. @ProfDavidNutt’s satirical take on latest rejection of ACMD advice: http://www.drugscience.org.uk/blog/2013/07/03/more-one-way-skin-cat/ …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 3 Jul

    Emotional & economic calculations..more closely related than brain scientists..realized: http://bit.ly/12EwbH7  #neuroformed #neuroeconomics

     

    Kia Nobre ‏@KiaNobre 2 Jul

    Enjoyed Dienes’ Perspectives Psych Sci paper on Bayesian x orthodox stats – erudite, informative & even enjoyable: http://pps.sagepub.com/content/6/3/274.abstract …

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    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Jul

    How do brains switch off pain when you hurt yourself badly in a dangerous environment?: http://bit.ly/13hgmcs  #brain #pain #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Jul

    Lunch break listening? BBC World Service DISCOVERY episode entitled “Build me a #brain”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01b67xt/Discovery_Build_Me_a_Brain/ …  #neuroformed #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 2 Jul

    Or maybe people with low dopamine in striatum find themselves motivated to seek out cannabis in teens?  http://bit.ly/19O5rWO  #neuroscience

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Jul

    An informal chat with Oxford Uni’s Prof Irene Tracey about basic role of brainstem in modulating #pain sensation: http://bit.ly/13hgmcs

     

    Jack Lewis ‏@DrJackLewis 1 Jul

    UK needs to put more money into researching #brain tumours; success rates currently lagging way behind other cancers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23085835 …

     

    .     Summer Science ‏‪@summerscience 30 Jun 

All the events at the exhibition here ‪http://ow.ly/mvpC4   includes scientific discussions, live experiments, comedy + family activities
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    .    Summer Science ‏‪@summerscience 1 Jul 

Our first day! We’re open just for school trips during the day but we’ve got ‪#twilightscience for the adults tonight ‪http://ow.ly/mxaLR 
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    .     David Rodigan ‏‪@DavidRodigan 1 Jul 

Today is International Reggae Day 1st July ‪@JamaicaObserver  ‪#Jamaica
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 Jul 

The good, bad and ugly aspects of ‪#neuroscience in the 21st century: ‪http://bit.ly/12yemVT   ‪#neuroformed (yes, I know, I’m at it too..)

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    .    Oxford Neuroscience ‏‪@OxNeuro 1 Jul 

Age of language learning shapes brain structure: A cortical thickness study of bilingual and monolingual individuals ‪http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0093934X13001120 …
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    .    Media Guardian ‏‪@mediaguardian 30 Jun 

TV commissioning is just a bad joke ‪http://gu.com/p/3hvdx 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jun 

Glastonbury theme part 1: RT ‪@VICEUK: The science behind what you see when you’re tripping on hallucinogenics: ‪http://bit.ly/13bMv5f 

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    .    Richard Wiseman ‏‪@RichardWiseman 28 Jun 

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. My new YouTube video has had 6.5 million views in 3 days ‪http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXfIRHoJu-o …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jun 

This NHS blog is brilliant – it suggests taking reports that chips are as addictive as heroin – with a pinch of salt: ‪http://bit.ly/18iKXYe 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jun 

Glymphatics; a lymphatic-like disposal system controlled by glial cells – elegant solution for dumping brain waste: ‪http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627142402.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29 …

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jun 

Fascinating new perspective on Alz’s – may simply be matter of inefficiencies in waste removal system: ‪http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627142402.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29 … ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Dr Richard Roche ‏‪@RRocheNeuro 28 Jun 

It’s the last day for early bird registration & abstract submission for Neuroscience Ireland’s 2013 conference – ‪http://neuroscienceireland.com/nsi-conference/2013conference/ …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jun 

Live in the SE? If U have a cardiac arrest -once paramedics resuscitate U, they may well chill UR brain: ‪http://bbc.in/1ctThlk  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Mike Larsen ‏‪@Marleybonez 28 Jun 

Woman’s ‘Foot Orgasm’ Is First Known Case  ‪#Science ‪http://www.livescience.com/37828-foot-orgasm-syndrome-report.html …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Jun 

Beautiful cartoon summarising history of the ongoing voyage that is makind’s efforts to map the brain: ‪http://bit.ly/10W70zL  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Jun 

More evidence supporting hypothesis (NB NOT proof) that brain training games improve memory in old folks ‪http://dailym.ai/11MZGU1  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Lorenzo Pia ‏‪@lorenzopia 27 Jun 

Irrelevance renders visual information invisible (even if we have resources for processing)

    .    ‪http://lnkd.in/T8fdzc 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Jun 

Your daily experiences: reverberating through your brain and visible to brain scans even 24 hours later: ‪http://bit.ly/17EqcXx  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Jun 

I’ve spoken up 4 the DailyMail science desk in the past saying they’ve improved in recent years…I take it all back: ‪http://dailym.ai/14ssVgk 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Jun 

Power of expectation – touch expectation sufficient4illusion that rubber hand is yours: ‪http://bit.ly/1adUwYY  ‪#neuroformed from ‪@SimonMakin

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Jun 

Why do humans idolise celebrities?Another brain system that served us well in past,now being misdirected: RT ‪@garwboy ‪http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23046602 …

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Jun 

Larger the social group, bigger the brain (proportional to body size, I suspect): ‪http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23045905 … ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jun 

RAOK:nice man @ Ethiopian coffee stall in courtyard of St John’s by Waterloo Bridge surprised me w free iced coffee=mutual NucAcc burst :-)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jun 

Using VR environments to assist CBT approaches to helping those with social anxiety develop better coping strategies: ‪http://bit.ly/178DcRF 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jun 

I’ve definitely met a few people in my time who were short-changed on left anterior insula grey matter: ‪http://yhoo.it/19lsg7s  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Mo Costandi ‏‪@mocost 25 Jun 

Art installation turns east London house into one big 3D illusion ‪http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23041236 …
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    .    Cambridge Psychiatry ‏‪@psychiatry_ucam 25 Jun 

Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in schools; Felicia Huppert comments ‪http://www.healthcanal.com/index.php?news=40100 … ‪#psychology ‪#mentalhealth
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jun 

Like the concept of brain training? Why not try speed chess?: ‪http://bit.ly/15A3tFb  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

Prosthetic device wired into hippocampus (converting short –> long term memories) tested in humans: ‪http://huff.to/11yoiTI    ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

‪@DemTigerpaw I’m anti-Greenfield paranoia-I believe that tech is neither good or bad for brains. How intensely it’s used is another matter..

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    .     The Atlantic ‏‪@TheAtlantic 24 Jun 

Looking for creativity? Try caffeine. ‪http://theatln.tc/18aGAhW 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

‪@ballantine70 4clarity: I’m no digi-luddite -everything in moderation -tech only poses threat 2brain if it displaces vital mental activities

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

‪@DemTigerpaw Lol – same thought occurred to me. Not everything I post do I agree with entirely..just putting it out there to catalyse debate

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    .     Nick Wan ‏‪@nickwan 24 Jun 

‪@AliceProverbio ‪@DrJackLewis whoa. The seizure/orgasm descriptions are awesome. Scary and wild.
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

‪@ballantine70 my view=books enhances concentration, attention span, info retention.. smartphones don’t: so overuse should be avoided in kids

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    .     Daniel Maier ‏‪@danielmaier 24 Jun 

Have your nut briefly done in by this: RT ‪@lIIusions: Your eyes will color this black & white photo. ‪http://psychoIogy.com/illusionGIF 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

Digital dementia: “Over-use of smartphones & game devices hampers balanced development of brain” Byun Gi-won, Seoul: ‪http://bit.ly/18a7arw 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

Nice little synopsis of the many different approaches to brain surgery throughout the ages: ‪http://bit.ly/14kAHch  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

‪@DVDwizz probably not I’m afraid.. it augments intact hippocampus.. can’t replace the memory circuits usually removed in such a procedure

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jun 

Epileptic seizures focused on anterior insula (most probable site) can result in feelings of bliss/connectedness: ‪http://bit.ly/11VskRD 

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    .     BPS Research Digest ‏‪@ResearchDigest 24 Jun 

UK TV alert – BBC Three 9pm “Don’t Call Me Crazy” features patients at the McGuinness adolescent mental health Unit ‪http://ow.ly/mjDea 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jun 

Feeding probiotics to boost ‘good’ gut bacteria seems to impact upon emotion centres of human brain (not just rats): ‪http://huff.to/17Va1Er 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jun 

‪@matthewherper Given that you just posted that on Twitter… am I right to assume that’s a rhetorical question…?

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    .    Sanjay Srivastava ‏‪@hardsci 21 Jun 

The mind IS the brain. Just like math is calculators.
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    .    The Atlantic ‏‪@TheAtlantic 21 Jun 

The perils of distracted parenting: Why you should talk to your baby instead of texting your friends ‪http://theatln.tc/13D6N4j 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jun 

I still love this article about the impact of gut bacteria on mood, stress response and pain perception: ‪http://bit.ly/PLGBjN  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jun 

‪@GrahamCLDavey … presumably it would follow that “wife-material” would have a strong jaw line, deeper voice and strong arms?

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jun 

”Rationality by itself would be overwhelmed & directionless were info not emotionally tagged for significance” Coates et al (2010) PhilTrans

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jun 

Oooh I do love an ultrahigh resolution 3D brain constructed via painstaking process of thinly slicing a human brain: ‪http://bit.ly/14Mq58z 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Jun 

Pentagon gets serious about better understanding traumatic brain injury by setting up a brain bank: ‪http://bit.ly/11Q534o  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Scott Brenman ‏‪@Brenman_Scott 20 Jun 

New Blog-Post: “Do we need space from the Facebook soap opera?”,partly inspired by a talk last week from ‪@DrJackLewis ‪http://wp.me/p3CZjo-1a 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Jun 

What’s personality got to do with the putative link between madness and creative genius? ‪http://bit.ly/yIkxhf  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Guardian Science ‏‪@guardianscience 20 Jun 

Walter Murch: searching for the sound of the God particle ‪http://gu.com/p/3gm8g/tf 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Jun 

If we do go cyborg 1 day I’ll bet we’re plugged into our computerised prosthetics using carbon nanotubes like these: ‪http://bit.ly/1bY2C4F 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Jun 

Happy?Sad?Angry?Disgusted?Contraversial study identifies specific emotions via fMRI activation patterns: ‪http://nbcnews.to/12bUA2e  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Jun 

”..learn something there’s a physical change in brain..[what]..gets changed is distribution of synaptic connections”: ‪http://bit.ly/1037ovs 

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    .    Justin Kiggins ‏‪@neuromusic 19 Jun 

”Retrogenese – A Stop Motion Tale of Alzheimer’s Disease” ‪http://j.mp/17WyNnD 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Jun 

That’s a relief – it turns out fMRI gives a pretty good picture of anatomical and functional connectivity after all: ‪http://bit.ly/10xTe83 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Jun 

Would you go bionic? And if you would, should you? ‪http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/16/observer-editorial-biotechnology-ethics … ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Jun 

Good at doing accents /impressions of famous people? New fMRI study illustrates how your brain does it: ‪http://bit.ly/17Wc9vB  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Jun 

Eye tracking captures eye movement patterns –> tell-tale signs about an individual’s model of world: ‪http://bit.ly/12GyHOL   ‪#neuroformed

     

    .    The Mental Elf ‏‪@Mental_Elf 18 Jun 

Is Big Pharma medicalising normal human behaviour, to sell more drugs and maximise their profits? ‪http://thementalelf.net/?p=5720  ‪#DSM5
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Jun 

Beautifully written&thorough account of what we know about neuroscience of re-writing memories (so far): ‪http://bit.ly/1ajZFxb  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Jun 

Air pollution/autism link. Would pregnant city-dwellers be well advised to stay away from exhaust pipes? ‪http://bloom.bg/18UeR5W  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Roger Highfield ‏‪@RogerHighfield 17 Jun 

How to be a batman/batwoman/batboy/batgirl etc ‪http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23709-echolocating-app-will-let-you-map-a-room-with-sound.html#.Ub9oQRbU70c …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jun 

@nawabbas That’s very nice of you to say. But there are an awful lot of great neuroscientists out there. All I do is spread the word!

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    .    Abbas Ahmad ‏‪@MrAbbasAhmad 16 Jun 

‪@DrJackLewis The best neuroscientist ever :)
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jun 

Obesity related memory impairment reversed by dieting;brain changes commensurate with improved encoding: ‪http://bit.ly/14Gtg1l  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jun 

Investigating the impact of environmental noise on brain activity during sleep: ‪http://bit.ly/19JqwnM  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Aneka Hindocha ‏‪@AnekaH 13 Jun 

Thank you for a great talk today ‪@DrJackLewis really enjoyed it!
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    .    Scott Brenman ‏‪@Brenman_Scott 14 Jun 

‪@DrJackLewis Thanks for the great talk y-day! Any chance you could send me the source for the study on heavy media consumption/distraction?
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

Research conducted@ DukeUni in US indicates that intense video gaming can improve visual working memory: ‪http://bit.ly/11EQu3w  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

‪@Brenman_Scott Here’s that reference you were after.. Ophir et al 2009 PNAS:

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

‪@Brenman_Scott what happens to you all the time?

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

‪@Brenman_Scott follow me and I’ll send you the reference, thanks for the positive feedback

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

‪@Brenman_Scott sure..no problem..let me dig it out..glad2C someone was paying attention!Very rewarding..I routinely set expectations low ;-)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

Good2c neuroscience starting 2take personality into account rather than assuming all brains process rewards same way: ‪http://huff.to/18DKUqO 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

In decade or so trial&error approach2treating depression may be supplanted by brain scan-informed choice ‪http://n.pr/10fDAhp  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

Although, to be fair, we never used the neural networks in our petri dishes to control robots: ‪http://bbc.in/13IPoFG   ‪#cyborgsarecomingsoon

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

This article makes it sound like building neural networks in vitro is new – I was doing that in 1999: ‪http://bbc.in/13IPoFG  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jun 

‪@chiarapelizzari She would say that wouldn’t she! Unisex take out: impact of any gift is increased when it’s given at unexpected time/place

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Jun 

Anyone played Lumosity on iPhone or Brain Trainer / Mind Games on Android? ‪http://nyti.ms/195f571  …good, bad, ugly? ‪#timetogetanewsmartphone

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Jun 

‪@AnekaH I’m glad the technical hiccup didn’t ruin the overall effect. Thanks for the positive feedback. Glad you liked it!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Jun 

NHS says don’t stop playing football – specifically, heading footballs – on account of one piddling little study: ‪http://bit.ly/11vVzdB 

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    .    Neuroscience nw ‏‪@Neurosciencenw 13 Jun 

Neuroscience in Marketing – Delving Into the Consumer’s Brain – Brain Blogger (blog) ‪http://dlvr.it/3WDNJl 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Jun 

Investigating the impact of socioeconomic status on brain development from childhood through 2adulthood: ‪http://bit.ly/1bzjz53  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Jun 

Nice little article in the LA Times giving some insight into what it feels like to use a brain computer interface: ‪http://lat.ms/172m5UN 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Jun 

Mind-blowingly interesting start to Imperial’s ‪#pday symposium about effects of psychadelic drugs on ‪#brain Thanks ‪@profdavidnutt for invite

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jun 

On the impact of allowing technology to constantly interrupt your thinking: ‪http://nyti.ms/15akv20   ‪#neuroformed

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    .    PZ Myers ‏‪@pzmyers 11 Jun 

Jonah Lehrer: he’s baaaaack: Lehrer has landed a new book deal. This has sparked justifiable disgust: Maria Ko… ‪http://bit.ly/18suxgD 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jun 

Lovely idea: singing groups4people w/ dementia; motivating social re-connection, recall of “forgotten” tunes’ lyrics: ‪http://bbc.in/1brIEiy 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jun 

Everything in moderation. Including headers: ‪http://bit.ly/16Yxc13  So next time a ball’s crossed in from the wing-let someone else head it!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jun 

‪@NelioAFC hope you enjoyed .. great audience.. a room full of business people can struggle to focus for a solid hour.. you lot were diamonds

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jun 

‪@DanielfBritt sorry mate,wasn’t checking Twitter feed whilst I was speaking..wish I had been cos it would have been funny2give U a shout out

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jun 

‪@RickVoropayev thank you – glad you enjoyed it!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jun 

Another day another talk. I do particularly enjoy school ones..shaping beliefs about brains sooner rather than later ‪pic.twitter.com/5NqC0qt2FB

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jun 

Is it breast milk itself that promotes white matter growth? ‪http://bit.ly/13sGqw7  Or is it being pressed comfortingly against mum’s bosom?

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    .    Ebony ‏‪@ebonical 10 Jun 

Completely distracted by pulsing magnifying glass in Skype’s latest version search box. I cannot stop staring at it. SKYYYYPE!
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    .    Derren Brown ‏‪@DerrenBrown 10 Jun 

Interesting… RT ‪@philosophybites: Is cloud computing a trap? ‪http://m.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/29/cloud.computing.richard.stallman?CMP=twt_gu … ‪@guardiantech

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    .    myprefrontalcortex ‏‪@myprefrontal 10 Jun 

good luck Mr. Snowden, good luck… ‪http://goo.gl/aMZhi  ‪#NSA ‪#CIA ‪#PRISM
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    .    Michael Hogan ‏‪@michaelhogannui 10 Jun 

New from our lab: The interactive effects of physical fitness and acute aerobic exercise on coherence and cognition ‪http://buff.ly/11nWSeH 
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    .    Jon Sutton ‏‪@jonmsutton 10 Jun 

50 dangerous things you should let your children do: Interesting comment on my ‪@dadprideblog post ‪http://ow.ly/lS0aE 
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    .    Wired UK ‏‪@WiredUK 10 Jun 

Bayes’ theorem: its triumphs and discontents ‪http://bit.ly/1638HvP 
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    .    Louis Rothschild ‏‪@LRothschildPhD 10 Jun 

No Learning Without Feeling ‪http://nyti.ms/11MVrpW 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jun 

The intense pleasure we take from music seems to be closely related to anticipating what’s coming next: ‪http://nyti.ms/127pE9a  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Jun 

RIP Iain (M) Banks – I’ve read almost all his books and loved every 1. What a legendary mind. Player of Games was one my all time favourites

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Jun 

Gleick just “honoured the craziness” of Charles Babbage’s 19th C idea that if machines could make clothes/pins they should do arithmetic too

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    .    Roger Highfield ‏‪@RogerHighfield 9 Jun 

Wearing my Information Overload shirt in honour of ‪@JamesGleick (eat your heart out ‪@jimalkhalili!) ‪http://yfrog.com/mo36ojoj 
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    .    Exergasia ‏‪@Exergasia 9 Jun 

‪@DrJackLewis ‪http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/7360/20130606/breastfeeding-babies-linked-superior-cognitive-development.htm … for a better link. Thanks for yesterday’s ‪#cheltscifest talk.
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    .     Simon P ‏‪@simon_p_herts 9 Jun 

Great lecture, Life of the Brain by Jack Lewis at great setting, Parabola Arts Centre. ‪#DrJackLewis ‪#CheltSciFest ‪pic.twitter.com/C37VRXfe9T
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    .    Andrea Sella ‏‪@SellaTheChemist 8 Jun 

‪#scienceburlesque Ashley Kent dissolves like with like. Condom. Baby oil. Don’t try this at home folks.
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    .    Jamie Gallagher ‏‪@JamieBGall 9 Jun 

As Sunday dawns a dozen or so scientists rise and ask themselves “did that really happen” ‪#scienceburlesque ‪#cheltscifest
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    .    CABI ‏‪@CABI_UCL 8 Jun 

Whirlwind tour of the brain with ‪@DrJackLewis – fascinating! ‪#CheltSciFest
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    .    Cameron ‏‪@itsclloyd 8 Jun 

Necked my bottle of water by my bed as soon as I woke up this morning thanks to ‪@DrJackLewis – feeling hydrated ‪#BOP ‪#cscsf2013
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    .    Lauren ‏‪@_LaurenOB96 8 Jun 

Okay so ‪@DrJackLewis is the coolest brain biologist i’ve ever seen
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from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Jun 

‪@CABI_UCL Glad you found it interesting.. Thanks for sdharing your kind words

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jun 

Tech itself neither good or bad for brain but how it’s used is. Aleks only checks email 1/day. What of those who check every ping? ‪#webandus

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    .    amy sanders ‏‪@amyplatypus 8 Jun 

‪#webandus how is the web affecting our sex lives? Is the Internet ‘for porn’ as they sang in Avenue Q?
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jun 

‪#webandus kicking off in the pillar room at ‪#cheltscifest with great panel discussing our relationship with the web&its xetabytes of content

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    .    Geoff Barton ‏‪@RealGeoffBarton 8 Jun 

Love the way one of our Science teachers corrects a Year 9 student’s understanding of both biology & spelling:  ‪http://twitpic.com/cvyqsr 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jun 

If any of you happen to be at the Cheltenham Science Fest today I have 2 spare tickets for my “Life of Brain” talk at 6.30pm, 1st reply wins

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jun 

I’m on a train, headed west, en route to the Cheltenham Sci Fest.. feeling very privileged to have been invited to give a talk (Sat, 6.30pm)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jun 

Even mushroom clouds can have silver lining – A-bomb enabled discovery that 700 new neurons born daily in hippocampus ‪http://bit.ly/1b9ZD8E 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jun 

‪@mocost mos def… Sat will herald the mid-way point in 5 talks in 10 days so week after next should have more time on my hands…

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jun 

White matter development in certain brain areas boosted 20-30% in newborns fed breast milk exclusively for 3 months: ‪http://bit.ly/14ETWMH 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jun 

Ultralow doses of cannabis may offer prophylactic protection against impact of traumatic brain injury: ‪http://fxn.ws/11nr4Yf  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

Why buy an iPhone case protecting from radiation? There’s no evidence 2 support myth that mobiles are bad for brains: ‪http://bit.ly/18ZO7jI 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

‪@stuartsmith ‪@renate ‪@Naked_Pheasant I concur! Great host. Interesting talks. Insightful debates that followed. I thoroughly enjoyed it all.

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

‪@renate ‪@stuartsmith likewise with the stories of pungent Norwegian delicacies inspiring a love of efficiency… what doesn’t kill us ;-)

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

Neural scars of emotional and sexual abuse: ‪http://ti.me/11haB6M 

     

    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

Currently sipping tasty beverage that’s perking me up/protecting against ‪#diabetes, ‪#cancer & ‪#dementia: ‪http://nyti.ms/17qp8FK  ‪#neuroformed

     

    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

‪@ballantine70 Very happy to continue our discussion.. enjoyed it thoroughly.. when’s good for you? Thanks for taking the time to come along!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

‪@SamVanTilburgh The slide about how brains process written / spoken words had to be chopped to stay within time. Lets talk more…next week?

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    .    Charlotte Martin ‏‪@charlmartin88 5 Jun 

Fascinating insights on the brain in the digital age from ‪@DrJackLewis at @edelside ‪#EdelEnt

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    .    Matt Ballantine ‏‪@ballantine70 5 Jun 

According to ‪@drjacklewis we are training our brains to potentially become endlessly distrac… Erm what? ‪#edelent

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    .    LaurenceEvans ‏‪@LaurenceEvans 5 Jun 

Unexpected gifts or rewards makes us very happy – friends please note :) ‪@DrJackLewis ‪#EdelEnt

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Jun 

RIP Tom Sharpe. “Riotous Assembly” is still one of my favourite books of all time; shocking/entertaining me into a lifelong love of books…

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Jun 

”LSD:my problem child” by chemist who discovered it: ‪http://bit.ly/11E5ain  Hoping to read it before ‪@ProfDavidNutt‘s P-day debate next week

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    .    Ed Yong ‏‪@edyong209 5 Jun 

Mind-controlled drone ‪http://www.nature.com/news/thinking-cap-steers-helicopter-1.13139 …

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Jun 

Everyone’s invited to my “Life of Brain” talk at Cheltenham Science Festival this Sat, 6.30pm (see p34 of programme: ‪http://bit.ly/1b3uR1l )

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    .    Mo Costandi ‏‪@mocost 4 Jun 

Brain imaging may nab criminals ‪http://bit.ly/1aXF8fz  via ‪@DrJackLewis Or maybe not ‪http://gu.com/p/2jzeg/tw 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Jun 

I ran 6km last night for my future brain: ‪http://bbc.in/18RsrWZ  “environmental factors outweigh..impact of genetics in ageing of the brain”

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    .    Nathan Berman ‏‪@NathanBerman 4 Jun 

Looking forward to the @edelside event tomorrow evening with ‪@DrJackLewis speaking… ‘Designing the Future of Entertainment’. ‪#MultiScreen

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    .    Big Think ‏‪@bigthink 4 Jun 

Is big brother watching you? A spine chilling look at the tools that are used to track you: ‪http://bigthink.com/neurobonkers/is-big-brother-watching-you … via ‪@neurobonkers

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jun 

I [heart] prarie voles; epigenetic changes seem to induce their monogamous behaviour after mating: ‪http://huff.to/18L3DNO   ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jun 

Here we go again… article on potential of fMRI to catch criminals… ‪http://bit.ly/1aXF8fz  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jun 

Given barrage of Q’s following my multisensory integration talk at brainstorming session for Nespresso in Lausanne… I think they liked it

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    .    SciAm MIND ‏‪@sciammind 4 Jun 

Smile: You Are About to Lose ‪http://bit.ly/17WdZgM 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jun 

I’ve heard anecdotal reports of severe OCD people faking Parkinson’s to qualify for deep brain surgery, think again: ‪http://yhoo.it/15zWPkO 

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    .    Anita Hall ‏‪@ani2tall 3 Jun 

Inspiration: Neuropsychologist Brenda Milner,  94 and still making new research discoveries about the human ‪#brain.

    .     ‪http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/science/still-charting-memorys-depths.html?ref=science&_r=0 …
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    .    Eze Vidra ‏‪@ediggs 3 Jun 

VC Cafe: Sorry, Brands…Your Digital Agencies are Lying to You ‪http://goo.gl/fb/5rZIO 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Jun 

Excellent critique of many false promises & pitfalls (plus glimmers of hope) surrounding neuromarketing: ‪http://bloom.bg/15tPVgn  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 May 

Nice photos of brains in jars.. in case that does it for you: ‪http://bit.ly/11aCn8Z  … more from me next week… just off to Latvia!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 May 

Positive discrimination in action: German industry giant specifically headhunts autistic people: ‪http://bit.ly/18cgBpQ   ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 May 

Smelling salts for those who get carried away when interpreting brain imaging results: ‪http://ti.me/15deXR9  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 May 

‪@m_wall No hassle perceived.. In your shoes I’d have been wondering too.. By the end of the summer I should have spun something together!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 May 

Avatars created to embody voice of schizophrenic hallucinations enable people to be free from decades of living hell: ‪http://bbc.in/13izodx 

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    .    Barbara Straubenger ‏‪@straubengerM 29 May 

‪@DrJackLewis ‪@TheAvaverse awsome! (I hear voices too, often…..:-/)
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 May 

Who’d have thought it would be possible to modulate brain activity simply by meddling with gut bacteria: ‪http://bit.ly/18s1g4B  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Alvaro Fernandez ‏‪@AlvaroF 28 May 

‪@DrJackLewis We try :-) Btw, we’re equally critical of random brain games and the BBC “Brain Test Britain”) (book in ‪http://amazon.co.uk )
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 May 

Brain training seems much like smart drugs: those that benefit most have brains in sub-optimal state;e.g. chemobrain: ‪http://bit.ly/12Aca3w 

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    .    Guardian Science ‏‪@guardianscience 29 May 

Rise in legal highs is fuelled by drug prohibition | Mike Power ‪http://gu.com/p/3g6qn/tf 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 May 

Brain microbleeds contributing2 age-related cognitive decline may stem from stiffening in heart’s aorta: ‪http://bit.ly/111HsfO  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 May 

SciAm review of book that attempts to cut through neuromyth & neurobollox that surrounds brain training: ‪http://bit.ly/1aulOGu  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 May 

Twas but a matter of time -transcranial Direct Current Stimulation now offered in home for $249: ‪http://bit.ly/12eFJv1  ‪#neuroformed ‪#IGTEIT

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 May 

Aussie study indicates reduced capacity for neuroplasticity in brains of chronically depressed people: ‪http://bit.ly/10ZAtnN  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Claudia Hammond ‏‪@claudiahammond 28 May 

Why neuromyths still persist in the classroom. ‪#Allinthemind at 9pm ‪@bbcradio4
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 May 

Brain cells created from skin cells from 2 Down’s Syndrome people suggest 60% fewer synapses is key to the condition: ‪http://bbc.in/15d8tBm 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 May 

New insight into why it’s rare to have any memories prior to the age of 3: ‪http://nbcnews.to/16ecYjE  Hippocampus too busy expanding to do admin

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 May 

Neural network dedicated to “itch” discovered and is distinct from system that creates sense of pain: ‪http://bit.ly/1aeyUr8  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 May 

Brain machine interface used to think into existence an object created with 3D printer: ‪http://bit.ly/13tTLTK  …how underwhelming is that?

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 May 

Seemingly unnecessary step of waking up patient during brain op to sing&play guitar actually fine tunes the surgery: ‪http://cbsloc.al/10pLb7R 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 May 

Should suicide be considered separately from depression and other conditions with which it is commonly associated?: ‪http://bit.ly/17GIlCV 

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    .    Neurobonkers ‏‪@neurobonkers 23 May 

A big thumbs up to ‪@danieldennett‘s “seven tools for thinking” ‪http://bigthink.com/neurobonkers/some-good-rules-for-life-in-general … catch him on Tues at ‪@FestivalofIdeas!
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 May 

Caffeine is a bit of a wonder drug – ideas, neuroprotection, anti-cancer… but everything in moderation: ‪http://bbc.in/187yRkp  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Matt Lieberman ‏‪@social_brains 22 May 

Compassion Training: An fMRI Study ‪http://bit.ly/12vc9fD 
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    .    Mo Costandi ‏‪@mocost 22 May 

Dreaming of animals and other warning signs of neurodegeneration ‪http://gu.com/p/3g3xx/tw 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 May 

Ice cream head explained: ‪http://bit.ly/1a6vOp0  Familiar sensation for ice cream fans & surfers of freezing cold waters alike! ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Cem Yildiz ‏‪@ckyildiz 22 May 

”Curiosity is the engine of education.” – Ken Robinson ‪http://bit.ly/13GmJDk  ‪#TED
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 May 

Glial cells: the brain’s unsung heroes ‪http://bit.ly/14sxLvm  As with all things the main players (neurons) would be nothing without support

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 May 

What studying Bonobos can tell us about origins of human morality: ‪http://bit.ly/1181CdE  Review of Frans de Waal’s new book ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 May 

Major depression related to disruption of daily rhythms of gene expression (caused by bad sleep habits): ‪http://wapo.st/117ltnx  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 May 

Caffeine affects you more than most? On the pill? Coincidence? Oral contraceptives slow blood clearance of caffeine: ‪http://bit.ly/12rehoL 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 May 

Dinosaur brains! ‪http://bit.ly/190Zt5s 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 May 

Euronews clip on Cervorama brain exhibition in south of France ‪http://bit.ly/Z8dgoU   My favourite is EyeballUltrasound2detect brain trauma

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    .    NeuroYoda ‏‪@BraveNeuroWorld 20 May 

To Stave off Alzheimer’s, Stay Hungry? | Dana Foundation Blog:  ‪http://bit.ly/12pfBsn 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 May 

For The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth. Computer/maths gurus create neural networks to supercharge Google products: ‪http://bit.ly/16DtGbY 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 May 

Are you a “Happy Aspie” -perhaps without realising? Temple Grandin describes boon of tablet tech for those w/ Autism: ‪http://ti.me/13DTmBy 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 May 

‪@ProfDavidNutt – heard about this? Ketamine shows therapeutic benefit in people with treatment-resistant ‪#depression ‪http://medx.cc/288146314 

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    .    Medical Xpress ‏‪@medical_xpress 18 May 

Ketamine shows significant therapeutic benefit in people with treatment-resistant ‪#depression ‪http://medx.cc/288146314  ‪@mountsinainyc
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 May 

Odd but true: ultrasound applied to temple stimulates frontal/temporal brain resulting in improved mood ‪http://bit.ly/10qhZR9  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 May 

‪@AmygdaloidSpew Here you go: ‪http://bit.ly/10qhZR9  … thanks for the follow and for getting in touch

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 May 

Brain Training Games – given Brain Age 3 is rumoured2b coming out on DS soon I thought I’d better review Brain Age 2: ‪http://bit.ly/14B4Kxd 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 May 

A nice, easily comprehensible and, at times, even amusing account of how transcranical magnetic stimulation works: ‪http://bit.ly/17D2jOV 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 May 

Students using “smart drugs” to boost academic performance is old hat,b4long they’ll be zapping their brains w/ TRNS: ‪http://bbc.in/YNugOY 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 May 

Hideous new weapon uses 1mm wavelength microwaves to heat skin to excruciatingly painful 55 degreesC from a distance: ‪http://bit.ly/17aLQ4d 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 May 

I doubt omega-3 oils really will “reverse damage [to brain] caused by high fats” ‪http://bit.ly/10YGJM2  Will it unclog heart arteries? (No)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 May 

Developing affordable devices to detect brain damage in parts of the world lacking the necessary medical facilities: ‪http://bit.ly/YUhW1v 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 May 

Cambridge Uni’s Ed Bullmore embarks on study tracking changes in teen brain/behaviour as it matures 4better & 4worse: ‪http://bbc.in/ZYlXgx 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 May 

Susan Greenfield loosely describes evidence suggesting modern technology is going 2 end in tears for kids-these-days: ‪http://bbc.in/140qZNn 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 May 

Low anandamide (cannabinoid naturally produced by brain) suggests new route to treat post-traumatic stress disorder: ‪http://bit.ly/10w05sa 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 May 

PintOfScience brings the public together with academic scientists for a boozy chinwag ‪http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22522359 … Well done Lucy! ‪@pintofscience

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 May 

“I like his vision,” Koch says. “The guy has cojones.” Everything you need to know about Markram & his €1Bn brain: ‪http://bit.ly/10PP8Zi 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 May 

Temping agency employees;high level of psychopathic markers:”Psychopaths can’t settle..need to move around, look for new stimulation”! Raine

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 May 

Is it possible to spot a murderer from a brain scan?: ‪http://bit.ly/18C4YY8  ‪#neuroethics

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 May 

High recreational pill-popping rate makes Australasia great test tube 4 characterising amphetamine/Parkinsonian link: ‪http://bit.ly/16szQel 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 May 

Neurofeedback: live display of activity levels in OFC (above eyes),enables greater control over anxiety: ‪http://bit.ly/178Ua4y  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 May 

Brain areas involved in suppressing movements also activated when we choose to suppress an emotional response: ‪http://bit.ly/12h29Ix 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 May 

Ongoing development of several different new ways of examining eyes for tell-tale signs of brain injury: ‪http://bit.ly/196HOXc  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 May 

When computer games end up accidentally becoming ideal virtual labs for conducting important research..: ‪http://bit.ly/13yhJzO  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 May 

Will our grandchildren use this kind of brain implant to cheat in their exams, I wonder: ‪http://bit.ly/YHtBk6  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 May 

50 shades of laughter, what functions they serve and how the brain distinguishes between them: ‪http://bit.ly/11kg7MM  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 May 

Tone deaf? Alas it seems you can’t train yourself around the “functional&structural brain differences”: ‪http://bit.ly/12dRMoH   ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Marc Smith ‏‪@PsychologyMarc 8 May 

Why Lord Winston steers clear of 1st class degrees ‪http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2321056/Lord-Winston-Why-I-dont-employ-students-class-degrees.html …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 May 

Using fMRI brain imaging to distinguish between alcoholic who are versus are not likely to relapse: ‪http://bit.ly/15p5DNJ  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 May 

”reduction in..ability to feel..fear&pain might make..people less concerned about inducing such feelings in others”: ‪http://ti.me/17K2e9A 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

20+% of chronic back pain caused by bacteria, so antibiotics will save thousands from perils of surgery: ‪http://bit.ly/140sOcs  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

‪@PinkProgram1 By the way I get the distinct impression that I am talking to a computer algorithm. Are you a biological entity? Or merely AI?

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

‪@PinkProgram1 “descendants of” implies that humans have moved on. Go back far enough&we are “descendants of” fish. Are humans fish? No ;-)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

What’s the difference (in the brain) between the pain of a broken leg and the pain of a broken heart? ‪http://ti.me/11O2WyK  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

Latest progress on creating a real-life Jonny Mnemonic: ‪http://bit.ly/11Q8rgg   Memory chips in animals in 2yrs, human testing in 5-10yrs!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

‪@PinkProgram1 humans are primates not monkeys… but you’re on the right track

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 May 

Taking inspiration from brain mechanisms of computation to inform new approaches to cracking artificial intelligence: ‪http://bit.ly/12dhW9X 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 May 

Bad for the heart = bad for the head: ‪http://bbc.in/YtyvBe   Smoking and high cholesterol impacts cognition as young as 35 ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 May 

”restricting food intake increases.. reward value of food, particularly high-calorie, appetizing food”: ‪http://bit.ly/154ZYvS  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 May 

Imagine not being able to recognise faces, not even your own: ‪http://bit.ly/12sm9VK  For a taste take your lenses out for rest of day…

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 May 

Neuroscience+criminal culpability: Did Tumour pressing against Charles Whitman’s amygdala make him kill? ‪http://ti.me/15e0qYW  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 May 

Hub of all hormones – the hypothalamus – seems 2 be critical brain structure regulating how fast we age: ‪http://ind.pn/10VRcPA  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 May 

Check out the “Who Am I?” interactive exhibition at the London Science Museum in May and June: ‪http://bit.ly/XYRUYn  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 May 

I realise I’ve already posted one pro-brain training and retweeted one anti-brain training article today – I’m trying to keep an open mind..

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    .    Mo Costandi ‏‪@mocost 2 May 

Putting brain training to the test ‪http://1.usa.gov/YeP0dY  by ‪@comadork et al: “no evidence… for transfer effects to untrained tasks”
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 May 

Having a rough day? Having a bad day? Former activates brain areas involved in “sense of texture” more than latter: ‪http://n.pr/18eqaDe 

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    .    Vaughan Bell ‏‪@vaughanbell 2 May 

Fascinating blog on poetry, neuroscience and their intersections ‪http://is.gd/hsUUQY  by ‪@HelenMort – via ‪@sophiescott
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 May 

Study published in PlosONE suggest cognitive improvements for 50-somethings who play new brain game: ‪http://bit.ly/ZAsO3g  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 May 

Nice article from Discovery News on how perception can warp reality, particularly in vision: ‪http://bit.ly/16mae2y  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 May 

Nat Geo vs Discovery in Brain TV wars: ‪http://nyti.ms/12lwgeW  Seems like the more popular one actually involves neuroscientists. Makes sense

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 May 

Fantastic article about architectural spaces that promote creative thought and/or healing from disease: ‪http://bit.ly/SNvU0o  Thanks Elke!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Apr 

Newly identified “itch” touch cells in the skin now joined by even newer “stroke”/”massage” touch cells: ‪http://bit.ly/12UfkzY  ‪#neurformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Apr 

Window into minds of the many people who love conspiracy theories (they mainly seem to hate authority): ‪http://bit.ly/ZiujPL  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Apr 

A tale of discovering the brain cells in your memory banks that create imaginary grids to help you know where you are ‪http://nyti.ms/11U2cZk 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Apr 

It’s not digital technology itself that is good or bad for your brain,it’s the way you choose to use it: ‪http://bit.ly/Yh959R  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    David Wolf ‏‪@DaveWolf141 26 Apr 

‪@DrJackLewis Theory: copy Connectome, get digital twin. Result: Mindclone, a witty ‪#scifi novel on 1st brain-upload. ‪http://ow.ly/koXd7 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Apr 

1 day,in the not2distant future,we’ll all be using brain-computer interfaces as if it’s nothing special: ‪http://nyti.ms/10lqrMU  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jon Sutton ‏‪@jonmsutton 29 Apr 

‪@sjblakemore Have you also seen ‪http://www.mysonsnotrainman.com/ 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Apr 

Nice BBC interview with Oliver Sacks including original footage of patients that inspired “Awakenings”: ‪http://bbc.in/ZJlEKT  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Brain Blogger ‏‪@BrainBlogger 26 Apr 

You Are What You Eat ‪http://bit.ly/181tiQ7 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Apr 

”children whose speed of processing info became slower [aged 8to11] had greater risk of having psychotic experiences” ‪http://bit.ly/15VFhSv 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Apr 

Genes causing surface of human brain to create folds can be switched on in mouse brains (which are normally smooth): ‪http://bit.ly/11oMiFO 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Apr 

Enter neurogrid – a computer simulation of only 1 Mil neurons that computes in “real time” (bigger ones take ages): ‪http://bit.ly/14S372h 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Apr 

Clench with your right fist whilst memorising and left fist whilst recalling for better performance, hmmmmm….: ‪http://bbc.in/17UZJzv 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Apr 

Keen to do more to keep dementia at bay but already jog 3-4 times per week? Do some weights, apparently: ‪http://nyti.ms/XZsidR  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Capstone Publishing ‏‪@thisiscapstone 25 Apr 

Team Capstone have just had a wicked meeting with ‪@polarbearpirate & ‪@DrJackLewis! So excited about working with these guys.
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Apr 

Arrival of spring in London inspires short blog on courtship displays; from ‪#neuroformed perspective, just posted: ‪http://bit.ly/11PAFGX 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Apr 

Inferior temporal neurons respond 2 numerals; discovered with implanted electrodes (but hidden to fMRI): ‪http://ti.me/17NUnpD  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Apr 

Tracking shrinkage of thalamus with MRI may provide useful biomarker to identify Multiple Sclerosis: ‪http://bit.ly/13WVKWz  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 Apr 

Why car insurance companies seem to understand brain development better than the US judicial system: ‪http://abcn.ws/11zrKMk  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 Apr 

Getting better at predicting future involves training up on what “should” have happened in ideal world: ‪http://bit.ly/14MfpZR  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Apr 

Re: clear comprehensible account of relevance of recent NatureNeuro paper: ‪http://bit.ly/15AWlgJ  Daily Mail 1-0 Wired (Would you Adam it?)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Apr 

The brain has a search mode: ‪http://bit.ly/XZD6Ld  Is it me, or does this article tell us absolutely nothing? Maybe Daily Mail will clarify

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Apr 

I wonder whether this will live up to potential? ‪http://bit.ly/15BzyRW  Sounds like a great TV to me. Guess there’s only 1 way to find out..

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    .    Kevin Mitchell ‏‪@WiringTheBrain 22 Apr 

So pissed off w/ rhino horn stories lately! Think we can start rumor that poacher testicles have medicinal properties? Should even the odds.
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    .     Neuro Science ‏‪@TheNeuroScience 22 Apr 

Dopamine-producing neurons derived from bone marrow stem cells yield … ‪http://sns.mx/xhoHy7 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Apr 

Heathrow volunteer squad. Giving help for free in return for a ripple in the reward pathways and a squirt of oxytocin ‪pic.twitter.com/4q8Vr3RrJK

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Apr 

Thought controlled tablet – that’s more like the 21st century I was sold as a kid: ‪http://bit.ly/13sZ8YT  ‪#neuroformed ‪#In

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Apr 

Saw Stunted Trees Broken Bridges yesterday: ‪http://bit.ly/15qOUsl  – effortlessly weaves together many downstream issues of brain research

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Apr 

Sophie Scott plus cast of excellent show that truly brings implications of fMRI brain research to life ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Apr 

Sophie Scott speaking centre stage after Ytouring’s play “Stunted Trees Broken Bridges” ‪@Pimlico Academy ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Apr 

”The brain is a rhythm machine, producing all kinds of rhythms all the time” Prof. Arthur Konnerth: ‪http://bit.ly/10jfBy7  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Micah Allen ‏‪@neuroconscience 18 Apr 

Great introduction to sleep research ‪http://feedly.com/k/10jKti0 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Apr 

Protecting yourself from inexorable lure of multi-tasking myth: 20min chunk/task, email free periods… ‪http://ti.me/15fZQZv  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Naomi Mc ‏‪@NaomiMc 18 Apr 

How to Talk to Little Girls ‪http://huff.to/krcXFv 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Apr 

Men are rubbish at reading emotion in a woman’s eyes – not so bad when judging mood in male eyes,though: ‪http://bit.ly/1700h8N  ‪#neuroformed

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    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Apr 

London Book Fair 2013 – publishing seems to be alive and well in the 21st century ‪pic.twitter.com/PwzBsitKJh

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Apr 

Stress (in moderation) is not your enemy -it’s your friend -you’d get little done without it: ‪http://bit.ly/14uAtUK   ‪#neuroformed ‪#Be_A_Ten

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Apr 

Regular physical exercise may mitigate damage done to your brain’s white matter by booze: ‪http://bit.ly/ZYT1ni  ‪#neuroformed ‪#In ‪#Be_A_Ten

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Apr 

..when people are terrorized, “Problem solving becomes more categorical, concrete and emotional” ‪http://ti.me/XPRUvX  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

Drug trial which aims to improve memory in people with Down’s Syndrome targets GABA inhibition: ‪http://bit.ly/Ygch01  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

Games that improve working memory transfer to yield benefit in other cognitive abilities: ‪http://bit.ly/118twUm   ‪#neuroformed ‪#BangWozWrong

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

”Many of these improvements remain over..course of several months, suggesting that..benefits of..training are long lasting” ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

”The effects generalize 2important domains such as attentional control, reasoning, reading, or mathematical skills” Jaeggi says ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

Or, just maybe, efficacy of brain training depends on exactly what kind of games you choose to play: ‪http://bit.ly/118twUm  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

Might we be better off watching documentaries than playing brain training games to improve cognition? ‪http://bit.ly/YKHYmR  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

Now there’s a surprise; scientific research indicates that men like the taste of beer: ‪http://bbc.in/10XHSW3 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Apr 

Today my mum congratulated me on one of my blogs; said she liked the way I’d embellished the coitus MRI: ‪http://bit.ly/SvabKr  ‪#awkward

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Apr 

‪@n_ramnani Credit where credit’s due… it was an especially good conference… very high standards from beginning to end… roll on 2014!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Apr 

One in ten people in their 80’s – the “superagers” – have memories as good if not better than those in their 50’s: ‪http://n.pr/10WYvBl 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Apr 

”The meeting of 2 personalities is like the contact of 2 chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed” Carl Jung ‪#In

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    .    Keith R Laws ‏‪@Keith_Laws 15 Apr 

“In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting” Ernest Rutherford ‪@Neuro_Skeptic ‪@GuyLongworth
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    .    Dr Richard Roche ‏‪@RRocheNeuro 15 Apr 

RT ‪@ldtimmerman: Christof Koch: As brain sci consumes more $, it’s our job to educate policymakers, public abt it. Do intvws, write books.
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Apr 

Susan Cain describes importance of “restorative niches” in workplace for introverts;if you haven’t yet read QUIET, then do, it’s great.. ‪#In

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Apr 

It is rare to meet a true creative genius… I’m utterly convinced I’ve just spent the last 2 hrs with a genuine visionary! ‪#neuroformed ‪#In

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Apr 

Always thought that the term “increased sensitivity” was code for “easier to get results”: ‪http://bit.ly/14h0GGh  But don’t throw the baby..

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    .    APS ‏‪@PsychScience 12 Apr 

When do you do your best creative thinking? ‪http://on.wsj.com/YAkqjC 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Apr 

This disgusts me: ‪http://nyti.ms/Ze6eMY  feel like suing builders for not preventing me hurting myself from banging my head against the wall

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Apr 

Interviewing Irene Tracey about pain imaging: ‪http://cbsn.ws/Zkerfu  revealed -different areas relate to sensory/emotional/attention aspects

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Apr 

How reading on paper compares to reading on screen: ‪http://bit.ly/16UwpbQ   ‪#neuroformed ‪#In ‪#Be_A_Ten

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Apr 

‪@lastminute_com did a great survey on ‪#iSocialButterflies – people who go to many events per night – article in The Metro with my comments

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    .    Science Museum ‏‪@sciencemuseum 11 Apr 

Do you love listening to the radio? Discover how radio has evolved since the first public broadcast in 1922 ‪http://ow.ly/jVcbb 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Apr 

Big thanks to all involved in making the British Neuroscience Association’s 2013 Festival of Neuroscience such a resounding success ‪#BNA2013

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Apr 

Amazing colour-coded images of cells in whole brain; without having to chop it into wafer thin slices: ‪http://bit.ly/14XMFMC  ‪#RIPmicrotome

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Apr 

They say never meet your heroes – not always true – just met 1 of mine&he was even more interesting than my high expectations led me2believe

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Apr 

Profs Everitt, Nutt, Illes & Sarhakian just all gave fascinating talks on cognitive-enablers ‪#bna2013

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Apr 

Find ‪@neurocomic doc on Guardian website: collaboration between neuroscientist&artist bringing brain sci2kids&adults

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Apr 

It’s great to see the public engaging with science on wonder street: converting APs into “music of muscles” ‪#bna2013 ‪pic.twitter.com/1FPoZM1nKJ

    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Apr 

Bipolar disorder is often preceded by sleep disturbances so if everyone had smartphone aps measuring sleep-labs may know when best2intervene

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Apr 

You can become accustomed to very few hrs sleep, but too short and it will have an unavoidable negative impact on metabolism and performance

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    .    Anna Zecharia ‏‪@annazecharia 8 Apr 

Irene Tracey on the ‘nocebo’ effect at ‪#BNANeuroFest – researchers lie about removing a painkiller, pain increases: ‪http://m.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/nov/13/nocebo-pain-wellcome-trust-prize …
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    .    Fadel Soliman ‏‪@FadelSoliman 23 Mar 

enjoying watching Susan Fiske’s

    .    Varieties of (De)Humanizing – Divided by Status & Competition

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    .    Cem Yildiz ‏‪@ckyildiz 8 Apr 

”You can’t break humans down into pixels.” – Susan Fiske ‪#BNA2013 Neuroscience ‪#Quote
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    .    Björn Brembs ‏‪@brembs 7 Apr 

Getting ready to leave for the airport for our session on ‘voluntary action’ at ‪#bna2013 tomorrow. Slides: ‪http://www.slideshare.net/brembs/voluntariness-behavioural-freedom-and-decisionmaking-in-flies …
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    .    Rodrigo Braga ‏‪@RodBraga 8 Apr 

If we hear a violin and oboe playing the same note, most of us can tell then apart.. So pitch isn’t necessary for identification ‪#bna2013
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    .    Jumana Ahmad ‏‪@JJumana 8 Apr 

‪#BNAneurofest ‪#BNA2013 TDCS and TMS can modulate GABA & glutamate, affecting learning ability.
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Apr 

How magic mushroom can help depression. Guardian: ‪http://bit.ly/14WbEAa  Imperial: ‪http://bit.ly/ZJdyvT  Spot the difference? (Imp=correct)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Apr 

A special thank you to @MyScriptQuotes for some brilliant camera work today!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Apr 

Got some amazing interview with top neuroscientists at the BNA2013 conference today. Thank you to everyone who agreed to be interviewed..

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Apr 

Using MRI to know what people are dreaming is cool: ‪http://bbc.in/14HjoWq  Inducing specific dreams would be even cooler; ever read Vurt?

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Apr 

After all this time thinking amyloid plaques of Alzheimer’s=cause, might actually turn out to be involved in defence: ‪http://bit.ly/11uIR2l 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Apr 

If you can’t stick a silicon chip into a human cell what do you do? Build computer circuits out of cellular material: ‪http://bit.ly/14rrhz4 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Apr 

‪#ff People I find myself retweeting an awful lot (cont.) ‪@GrahamCLDavey ‪@edyong209 ‪@sciencebase ‪@guardianscience ‪@NatureNews ‪@RogerHighfield

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Apr 

Brain re-construction of 7M year old skull suggests it belongs to human ancestor;just after we split from chimp line: ‪http://bit.ly/ZDsFXH 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Apr 

‪#ff These are those I RT most often: ‪@MillerLabMIT ‪@mrccbu ‪@marklythgoe ‪@utafrith ‪@neuroghetto ‪@mocost ‪@DrEscotet ‪@RRocheNeuro ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Earl K. Miller ‏‪@MillerLabMIT 5 Apr 

Automatic Do-Not-Disturb Measures Your Brainwaves to Know When You’re Busy

    .    ‪http://gizmodo.com/5993631/automatic-do+not+disturb-measures-your-brainwaves-to-know-when-youre-busy …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Apr 

Following previous hunches: ‪http://bit.ly/fN64jd  role of glutamate in schizophrenia now backed by genetic evidence: ‪http://bit.ly/14PJgj8 

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    .    Guardian Tech ‏‪@guardiantech 4 Apr 

Forget me not: campaigners fight for control of online memories ‪http://gu.com/p/3eqc9/tf 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Apr 

Imagine having full colour vision in the dead of night (oh to be an ancestral tarsier): ‪http://nyti.ms/10B8TgD 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Apr 

‪@alisonrevitt I think Keirsey Temperament Sorter is over-rated and Big 5 is under-rated. Read Susan Cain’s “Quiet” re: adv’s of introversion

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Apr 

Combining stroke risk measure with brain imaging to detect dementia proteins more accurately plots cognitive decline: ‪http://bit.ly/17dR2Ts 

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    .    CognitionandBrain ‏‪@mrccbu 4 Apr 

Memory strategy may help depressed people remember the good times ‪http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/blog/2013/04/memory-strategy-may-help-depressed-people-remember-the-good-times/ …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Apr 

‪@alisonrevitt depends which system they use… some are over-hyped… others can be very useful as a rough guide… all are imperfect

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Apr 

How can you tell the degree to which someone is extraverted &/or neurotic? Just give them a good sniff: ‪http://bit.ly/10qbU5S   ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Apr 

Figuring out who the person in the fMRI scanner is thinking about (their personality type anyway): ‪http://bit.ly/12r6YSE 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Apr 

If differences between male & female brains float your boat – go ahead & gorge yourself on the latest: ‪http://bit.ly/10wjISI  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 Apr 

There’s plenty for the public to do at BNA2013 at the Barbican next week (starting Sunday 7th) ‪http://londonist.com/2013/04/wonder-art-and-science-on-the-brain-at-barbican.php …

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 Apr 

The McFetish sculpture installation in the Tate Britain provides plenty of food for thought… ‪pic.twitter.com/jGFXJ4AD1H

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 Apr 

The lift up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower scares me to death everytime… ‪#sillyplaceforameeting ‪pic.twitter.com/8M036oQQ4p

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    .    Sarah-JayneBlakemore ‏‪@sjblakemore 1 Apr 

My lab is carrying out a Live Science experiment at the London ‪@sciencemuseum this month. Come and take part in the Who am I? gallery!
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Mar 

People who engage in prosocial behaviour enjoy psychological benefits;sense of belonging protects against depression: ‪http://bit.ly/WTGncd 

     

    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Mar 

I read ‪@claudiahammond‘s book TimeWarped last week – a good read; covering novel ground in great style: ‪http://ind.pn/YOv0zM  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Mar 

New series “Brain Games” starts on Nat Geo on 22nd April: ‪http://yhoo.it/ZDldz8  …sounds like it could be a good ‘un ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Uta Frith ‏‪@utafrith 29 Mar 

Chilling. Low ACC activity a marker for persistent antisocial behavior? Predicts rearrest in adult offenders. ‪http://bit.ly/10mKmNk 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Mar 

Good Friday has got off to a great start with a healthy dose of NeuroLinguistic Processing bashing: ‪http://bit.ly/kYnJG  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Indie Neuroblogs ‏‪@neuroghetto 29 Mar 

Neuro-Linguistic Programming – the 1970s neurobollocks that just refuses to die ‪http://bit.ly/ZGBtQ3 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Mar 

My new favourite word: AMBIVERT – a person who is neither extremely extraverted nor introverted ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Mar 

Giving to charity increase activity in reward pathways of the brain, even more so when others witness the generosity: ‪http://bit.ly/WTGncd 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Mar 

Critical brain changes that led to great apes diverging from old world monkeys &us humans to end up dominant primate: ‪http://yhoo.it/ZBYvYc 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Mar 

Guardian’s neurophilosopher Mo Costandi writes his 1st book: ‪http://bit.ly/10TQCP6  Consistently brilliant journalism = must be a good read!

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Mar 

Why would one human help another when there’s no chance of getting anything in return? ‪http://bit.ly/WTGncd  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Mar 

Odd that everyone felt that they needed to film it-why do we feel the urge to put posterity ahead of live experience? ‪pic.twitter.com/uuWuHH0soP

    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Mar 

Why do we yawn? To cool brains in anticipation of an important event! ‪http://bit.ly/SKi2WL  (yawning is catching to synchronise the group)

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    .    The Independent ‏‪@Independent 27 Mar 

”Don’t leave sex education to porn stars” says ‪@archiebland ‪http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/dont-leave-sex-education-to-porn-stars-8550154.html …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Mar 

If the concrete jungle is stressing you out some “soft fascination” may be in order-take a stroll in your local park: ‪http://nyti.ms/10h7mxe 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Mar 

In advance of tonight’s ‪@Vinspired awards I’ve published an article on my blog about brain benefits of volunteering: ‪http://bit.ly/WTGncd 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Mar 

During the last TV series I filmed, a contributer had a migraine during an EEG exp – clearly visible in the heatmap!: ‪http://fxn.ws/X8qlwv 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Mar 

Is central nucleus of amygdala the root of all anxiety? Can this area be re-trained to ameliorate anxiety disorders: ‪http://www.news.wisc.edu/21617 

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    .    Callum Wood ‏‪@callumwood90 22 Mar 

‪@DrJackLewis Please RT my survey on military neuroethics! Hopefully your followers find it interesting! Thanks! ‪http://survey.liv.ac.uk/mindwars 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Mar 

How current trends in use of brain computer interface technology might affect future societies, policies & culture: ‪http://slate.me/10cboan 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Mar 

”circuitry involved in emotion&higher-order decision making..hyperactivated in [those] with family history of schiz.” ‪http://bit.ly/10crwZk 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Mar 

New MRI-guided procedure for Parkinson’s deep brain implants is quicker & removes need to wake pt up during surgery: ‪http://fxn.ws/X3BlLE 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Mar 

Automatic Pilot. F1 driver Lewis Hamilton demonstrates power of dorsal striatum by going to pit stop of former team: ‪http://bit.ly/YxLE9O 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Feb 

Chatting on phone whilst driving reduces visual activation when turning across path of oncoming traffic: ‪http://bit.ly/YIBt24  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Feb 

I can’t wait2get my hands on Daphne Bavelier’s new Nature paper “Brain training: games that do you good” ‪http://bit.ly/Va7OyN  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    BBSRC ‏‪@BBSRC 28 Feb 

Adding seaweed extract to ‪#foods can boost ‪#fibre content & ‪#weightloss: DRINC-funded research @NewUniPress ‪http://ht.ly/i7QBu 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Feb 

‪@LibertyLndnGirl Wow! Like manna from heaven. Thank you for sharing your ideas so generously. I feel truly inspired.

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Feb 

EEG network analysis on autistic brains reveals clues as to why they struggle to integrate information: ‪http://bit.ly/XG6bFT  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Feb 

When your body finally gives up the ghost your brain could live on in a jar; given that neurons can outlive the body: ‪http://fxn.ws/YV4Lr0 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 27 Feb 

Re-programming existing brain cells to re-route down damaged spinal cords may be possible after all: ‪http://bit.ly/YyChSU  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Feb 

If exercising body is good for brain, then doing brain teasers while exercising body is even better: ‪http://bit.ly/WfcNdH  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Feb 

Why a “Memristor” has more in common with a synapse than a conventional computer chip: ‪http://bit.ly/Wd3j8s  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Feb 

Book proposal writing is so much more productive, efficient and rewarding when undertaken with a co-author than alone ‪#greaterthansumofparts

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Feb 

”If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” Giuseppe di Lampedusa [The Leopard] ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 26 Feb 

Babies listen 2what you’re saying beyond the womb, which is why I often talk directly into pregnant friends’ bellies: ‪http://bit.ly/Xxk38t 

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    .    Karen Weeks ‏‪@karenweeks1969 25 Feb 

‪@DrJackLewis great read at gym with my disco beats THANKS !!
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    .    Mo Costandi ‏‪@mocost 25 Feb 

‪@DrJackLewis Same goes for depression – they can spend months repositioning the electrodes to hit the right spot ‪http://bit.ly/QrNvtM 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Feb 

‪@mocost Many thanks for directing towards that link… fascinating stuff

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Feb 

‪@jgilleen I thought the days of the “chlorpromazine approach” to brain intervention were behind us…

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Feb 

Gyms of the future should combine high tempo music with brain teasers – to exercise both body and mind: ‪http://bit.ly/WfcNdH   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Feb 

‪@mocost What about depression? Surely they had a game plan at least? Or do they just dig around until the patients start grinning?

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Feb 

Isn’t it a bit odd2treat OCD w/deep brain implants 1st &then figure out how it actually works later on?: ‪http://bit.ly/Xv0fCr  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Feb 

How certain brain cells survive stroke by going into protective lockdown when blood supply is cut off: ‪http://bbc.in/Yr708H  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Feb 

Just posted – what high tempo music does to the brain to enable a longer, harder, faster workout: ‪http://bit.ly/WfcNdH  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Feb 

Functional near infrared spectroscopy headsets monitor the brain to track cognitive load: ‪http://bit.ly/12Ob5r4  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeAThen ‪#In

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Feb 

Posit tailors brain training to suit tastes of schizophrenic people, games that improve their cognition: ‪http://bit.ly/11Z7hnE  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Feb 

If 1 electrode really sends ACCURATE feedback re: meditation quality2ur smartphone -I would be stunned: ‪http://prn.to/1363R1D  ‪#neurotwaddle

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Feb 

St Thomas Hospital/KCL to do MRI study tracking foetal brain development whilst floating in mum’s womb! ‪http://bit.ly/13lG9tS   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Feb 

Speech: 1 group of neurons controls the lips another group the tongue, but why 2 groups for the larynx? ‪http://bit.ly/ZhC09Z  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Feb 

Moles (as well as rats and sharks) can smell in stereo,helping them to locate tasty morsels quicker: ‪http://nyti.ms/XoLlKR  ‪#neuroformed ‪#In

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    .     Mo Costandi ‏‪@mocost 20 Feb 

Critiques of connectomics by ‪@bradleyvoytek ‪http://bit.ly/ikqIy5  and myself ‪http://gu.com/p/3at3x/tw 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Feb 

The secret to being happy it to always be on the move,but not too rushed all the time,allegedly: ‪http://bit.ly/YDMMFg  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

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    .     Kevin Mitchell ‏‪@WiringTheBrain 20 Feb 

Wow! Zuckerberg, Brin and Milner join forces to establish most lucrative prize in the history of science: ‪http://bit.ly/133OqqD 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 20 Feb 

Dolphins sleep 1 side of the brain at a time. Seals can do this in water2,but both sides sleep together when on land: ‪http://bit.ly/12IGyv1 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Feb 

Fresh tidbit of recently published neuropolitical twaddle,in case you fancy blaming ur voting preference on ur brain: ‪http://ti.me/11SCwkd 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Feb 

Whilst on topic of mapping the brain.. nice 2 see USA worrying about losing edge in this race to Europe, for once!: ‪http://bit.ly/UDoAGt 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 19 Feb 

Nice video of BBC reporter getting a tour of most important white matter pathways through his own brain: ‪http://bbc.in/Yfu71C  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Feb 

I contributed to a BBC World Service (radio) programme on open plan offices. It’s on tonight @ 19:32GMT: ‪http://bbc.in/129BZEU  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Feb 

Finally someone puts Markram’s uber-expensive Human Brain Project into perspective: ‪http://bit.ly/XF1wH2  Thank you ‪@edyong209 ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Wellcome Trust ‏‪@wellcometrust 15 Feb 

Thanks for all your ‪#mindtunes suggestions – a great eclectic mix! Keep them coming. You’ll hear them @ ‪#wonderseason ‪http://wellc.me/12OPWwB 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Feb 

Prions (made infamous by mad cow disease) play a vital role in neuroplasticity and myelin maintenance: ‪http://bit.ly/WrpcNO   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Dr Richard Roche ‏‪@RRocheNeuro 15 Feb 

RT ‪@mocost Chimpanzees have faster working memory than humans ‪http://ind.pn/VVbLZK  by ‪@SteveAConnor, w/ video
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Feb 

Brain implant enables rats to see infrared light as well as visible wavelengths: ‪http://bbc.in/WKIz6j  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BCI

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Feb 

“The fact that magic works is evidence that multitasking doesn’t exist” Steve MacNick, 2013 ‪http://ti.me/XEvBWZ  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Feb 

Mind-ready conversation-like social networking updates more memorable than polished text: ‪http://bit.ly/W5mzPi  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Feb 

Eric Kandel continues to muscle in on Semir Zeki’s patch with 1st a book and soon a TV series about neuroaesthetics: ‪http://bbc.in/VVCD6D 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Feb 

Brain changes more profoundly when learning an instrument occurs before vs after 7 years of age: ‪http://bit.ly/WIApLv  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Feb 

Making better decisions. Importance of unconscious brain activity in making the right choice: ‪http://bit.ly/YX14Tp  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 13 Feb 

Fascinating account of how immune system’s T-cells (in brain sack) can influence ur cognitive abilities: ‪http://bit.ly/VU8xQU  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Feb 

When it comes to lifelike avatars (i.e. CGI humans) why do they sometimes seem so eerie? The eyes have it: ‪http://onforb.es/XCH8US  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Feb 

”Nun study” hinted B-amyloid =not key to dementia;this 1 shows vascular brain injury =more likely culprit: ‪http://bit.ly/14OohKZ  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     weswhite ‏‪@weswhite 12 Feb 

It’s Darwin Day and Shrove Tuesday today, so I’m putting nuts and berries on my pancake – it’s a natural selection. ‪#flippindarwin
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 12 Feb 

Interesting to see how broadly such “good news for the aging brain”-type articles circulate these days: ‪http://cbsn.ws/Z5o8TP  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Feb 

The (optimistic) impact of increasing brain dopamine on perceived likelihood of nasty things happening: ‪http://bit.ly/12k2Jmb  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Feb 

Smartphone app reliably reproduces results of dichotic listening test (diff sounds 2 diff ears) outside the laboratory: ‪http://bit.ly/Xp8gZs 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Feb 

Henry Markram, director of £1Bn Human Brain Project, explains what modelling a ‪#brain on supercomputers will achieve: ‪http://bit.ly/155tgYG 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Feb 

Looks interesting… Hallucinema Paradiso: How cinema depicts delusions & hallucinations, 17th March, Barbican Centre: ‪http://bit.ly/11sYYQt 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Feb 

Not long before a little bit of cunning gene therapy enables us to dodge age-related cognitive decline: ‪http://bit.ly/14VDaw2  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Feb 

Ingenious (experimental) Multiple Sclerosis treatment: skin cells–>stem cells–>baby glial cells 2 re-insulate neurons ‪http://bbc.in/WSU236 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Feb 

Reasons to not rely entirely on internet for information you used to know by heart #23 Solar Superstorms: ‪http://bit.ly/VXHE0h  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Feb 

Interesting associations between diet&sleep, not necessarily causal, but worth exploring if u sleep badly: ‪http://bit.ly/X65CaE  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Feb 

I agree with Mayberg:Amen’s brain scan is just a prop,but if it motivates folk2improve their lifestyle,does it matter?: ‪http://bbc.in/XlApPh 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Feb 

I wonder if such red/green enhancing glasses might make a person better at spotting ‘tells’ in poker? Hmm: ‪http://bit.ly/UVrhC6  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Feb 

Clinical trial combining novel brain-cooling technique w/ usual anti-clotting drug to treat stroke increases no of pts: ‪http://bit.ly/11VwOZ5 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 6 Feb 

Dr Roth’s “evil dark patch”=root of all evil, imaging artifact or just particularly large frontal sinuses? ‪http://bit.ly/14DUm8b  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Feb 

Larger prefrontal cortices appear to distinguish those who can vs cannot indulge in cocaine without becoming addicted: ‪http://nyti.ms/VASMOu 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Feb 

‪@Terry_Ryall funk/soul genre..doesn’t sound too dated either..should work for your purposes,but you’re best positioned to make that call!;-)

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Feb 

Having trouble conceiving? Try becoming a sport addict. No, not watching it on telly. Actually doing it: ‪http://bit.ly/11Lw1di  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Suzi Gage ‏‪@soozaphone 5 Feb 

The phrenology in Django Unchained. ‪http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/feb/05/django-unchained-racist-science-phrenology?CMP=twt_fd … ‪@guardianscience
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 5 Feb 

Infants raised by squabbling parents have brains that are more sensitive to angry voices,even when asleep: ‪http://bit.ly/Ycw816  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Richard Harper ‏‪@harpersnotes 5 Feb 

Postdocalypse now (and the Tenure Games), ‪http://www.perlsteinlab.com/blog/postdocalypse-now#.URDAPWGiBsw.twitter … …
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Feb 

‪@nien1983 have lots and lots of authored papers, book chapters, books on your CV and plenty of experience/ success applying for grants ;-)

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Feb 

A beautifully-written account of some of the difficulties associated with having &/or researching autism: ‪http://n.pr/Y4IpCR   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Feb 

Last night’s ‪#wonders chose critters very well – paramecium for ion gradients, cyanobacteria for origins of sight, scorpions for touch…

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Feb 

Sharpen up your mind, key up your reflexes, improve those reaction times, with….chewing gum?!?? ‪http://ind.pn/XyXoWP   ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Feb 

@SarcasmCraze Glad it was helpful. Future-proof yourself:develop expertise in skills that are in demand&in something you’re passionate abou

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Feb 

Feelings of fear,even when amygdalae are absent,only if threat arises from within body (not external cues) ‪http://nyti.ms/XRL02d  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 Feb 

Two brains are better than one.Particularly when you are steering a virtual spaceship via EEG – go Essex!: ‪http://bit.ly/XrsBuX  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 Feb 

Beautiful dynamic images of perceptual information pinging around the brains of simple fishy creatures: ‪http://bit.ly/XYuLkG  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 Feb 

‪@nien1983 Studied audiovisual integration during PhD / post-doc and the climax of my labours was Lewis&Noppeney, 2010, Journal of Neurosci)

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 1 Feb 

Man flu explained by extra temperature sensors in male>female brain (allegedly)& a rant about neurosexism: ‪http://bit.ly/Ypn35a  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 31 Jan 

Brain training game company Lumosity makes $24M from its 35M members in 2012: ‪http://bit.ly/WTTqIb  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 31 Jan 

Athletes are extraordinarily good at learning unpredictable complex dynamic visual scenes: ‪http://bit.ly/WDOBBU  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 31 Jan 

Spoke at a great ‪#STEM careers session at Stoke Newington School today with 3other excellent ambassadors for: maths,engineering and medicine

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 31 Jan 

‪@Terry_Ryall I heard a brilliant funk/soul tune called “you gotta get up and do something” this morning – you should use it as ur theme tune

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Jan 

Its official – Brian Cox is the new David Attenborough as far as the future of BBC Natural History docs are concerned: ‪http://bit.ly/WQgAPM 

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    .     Miguel Angel Escotet ‏‪@DrEscotet 30 Jan 

Sleight of Hand, Sleight of Mind: Illusions, Delusions & the Immune System | ‪#Neuroscience –  ‪http://bit.ly/XjeCHt 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Jan 

Giving elderly people a small gift to put them in a good mood improves working memory and decision making: ‪http://bit.ly/Wy2sws  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Jan 

Memory of events at a certain time versus certain place invoke electrical bursts of differing frequency: ‪http://bit.ly/WwhrqA    ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Jan 

‪@KellsChurch ‪@caratuk Thanks for +’ve feedback Was impressed by calibre of questions (And relieved that only one of them had me stumped!)

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 30 Jan 

‪@alextaubs Likewise – I’m glad you too the time to initiate the discussion. I’ve been wanting to roll out the system I described for ages!

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    .     piece of mind ‏‪@pieceofmindgb 29 Jan 

Hey ‪@DrJackLewis Was good to see you at ‪#betagen not just a Neuroscientist but an all round good person. dont become a stranger :)
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Jan 

Cracking the retinal code with a view to using silicon devices to bring vision to the blind (R.P.&M.D.): ‪http://bit.ly/TNaPFA    ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Jan 

Brain science podcast covering neuroscience highlights of 2012: ‪http://bit.ly/ZG6HK9  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen ‪#In ‪#vInspired

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Jan 

‪@blessboy09 You too Blessing! Your entrepreneurial endeavours are an inspiration – keep up the good work and good luck with the new business

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Jan 

‪@Terry_Ryall Thoroughly enjoyed working with you over the past 2 days. Great work during today’s radio day. I think we make a dynamic duo!

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    .     Terry Ryall ‏‪@Terry_Ryall 28 Jan 

Your stuff is awesome ‪@DrJackLewis More people should know about it. Good job today ‪#GenBeta. Neuroscience in ordinary speak -love it!
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    .     TED News ‏‪@TEDNews 29 Jan 

10 places where anyone can learn to code ‪http://wp.me/p10512-hK1  Cause it’s not just kids who can learn this valuable skill. ‪#TED
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 29 Jan 

Why we humans do love to have a good cry sometimes: ‪http://bit.ly/11a5quQ  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jan 

@MyScriptQuotes likewise… thoroughly enjoyed our chat. Enlightening in so many ways! Looking forward2 working with you again ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jan 

Using fMRI scanning2gain better understanding of Tourette’s to help predict which brains will overcome it: ‪http://bit.ly/VJhPke  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jan 

Improving quality of sleep improves memory; deep sleep=memories moved from hippocampus (short term) to PFC (long term): ‪http://bit.ly/110Mg5V 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jan 

‪@vinspired great to meet you today -excellent work one and all ‪@stooshe ‪@iamwillbest ‪@iammishab ‪@luke11campbell (well done for being golden)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 28 Jan 

‪@cherryhealey fantastic work guiding fascinating discussion on ‪#GenBeta‘s brilliant prospects if they choose to get ‪@vinspired ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jan 

More evidence indicating that anorexia involves problems w perception; body looks wider than it really is: ‪http://bit.ly/11WAiim  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Antonia Hamilton ‏‪@antoniahamilton 25 Jan 

Fellowship in Nottingham Psychology ‪http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/SCI11055 … Great opportunity for postdoc looking for independence & great resources inc fMRI
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    .    Antonia Hamilton ‏‪@antoniahamilton 25 Jan 

Lecturer job in Nottingham Psychology. Great resources for fMRI, autism, mental health & more.  ‪http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/CE09395S …
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    .    Antonia Hamilton ‏‪@antoniahamilton 25 Jan 

Assoc Prof/Lecturer job in Nottingham Psychology.  Great resources for fMRI / MEG/ ERP/ eyetracking / autism & more.  ‪http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/CE10923S …
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jan 

These “7 ways to build a better brain” are not new but the point is to remind yourself of the reasons why: ‪http://bit.ly/WUw5Wu  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    New Scientist ‏‪@newscientist 25 Jan 

Dolphins spotted teaming up to try to rescue an injured group member ‪http://bit.ly/Y3ipJZ  ‪#dolphin
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 25 Jan 

Oooh I do love to read a good neuro-rant: “intellectual pestilence” is such a great turn of phrase! ‪http://bit.ly/SJHWJ1  ‪#neuroformed ;-)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jan 

Studying science, tech, engineering, maths (‪#STEM) is on the up. Pros/cons of STEM degrees versus others: ‪http://bit.ly/UYPgiq  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jan 

Given the impact of diet on mood and mental health: ‪http://huff.to/UnC1cc  You should really consider giving this a go: ‪@FarmDrop ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 24 Jan 

& the winners are… 1 Billion Euros over 10yrs divided between brain simulation & graphene superprojects: ‪http://bit.ly/10JYkwN  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 Jan 

Could the Integrative Nuclear FGFR 1 Signaling pathway be the rosetta stone for schizophrenia? ‪http://bit.ly/SBRTYQ  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 Jan 

1yr olds language development predicted by changes in cerebellum (motor control) and hippocampus (memory): ‪http://bit.ly/Sx5m4m  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 23 Jan 

Picking up baton from Sir Gordon Holmes:exploring wounded brains to isolate areas vital2emotional&general intelligence: ‪http://bit.ly/10pmDeE 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Jan 

Dangers of the latest designer drugs (and importance of developing the tools to detect them quickly): ‪http://bit.ly/10CZfiA  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Kevin Mitchell ‏‪@WiringTheBrain 22 Jan 

Deconstruction of a neural circuit for hunger – an absolute tour de force, using ‪#optogenetics and pharmacogenetics…

    .     ‪http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22801496 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Jan 

Role of gene fusion – consequence of DNA replication accident – in most aggressive form of brain cancer: ‪http://bit.ly/VhyiPZ  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     DanielJordanUK ‏‪@DanielJordanUK 22 Jan 

geeez i love the opportunties being a violinist brings…seriously children if you are studying an instrument…STICK AT IT!very beneficial!

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 22 Jan 

Strange but true: treating any hearing loss promptly may delay onset and slow progression of dementia: ‪http://bbc.in/11NwT5B  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jan 

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep for promoting prosocial behaviours (and vice versa!!): ‪http://bit.ly/Ve0inD  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jan 

Well balanced blog on the impact of shoot ‘em up video games on the brain – everything in moderation: ‪http://huff.to/Sq3Pgc   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jan 

‪@Maqualan Hola Fernando, very kind of you to share your thoughts.. so exciting to hear that people are watching in Venezuela! Mucho gusto, J

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 21 Jan 

Mission impossible – genetic tweaking turns differentiated brain cell from 1 subtype to another (in vivo): ‪http://bit.ly/WwRFAj  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Jan 

Premature babies = smaller brains, but with right post-natal care neurodevelopment can work out just fine: ‪http://bit.ly/13MXmyr  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Jan 

Rodrigo Quian Quiora – the man who discovered a neuron dedicated to Maradona in his patient’s hippocampus: ‪http://bit.ly/SeCVI7  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 18 Jan 

Some thoughts on how to not get sucked in by winter sales ‪http://bit.ly/11Ck9yA  (I just don’t go into shops in the 1st place ;-) ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jan 

The intoxicating influence of the casino environment on perceptions of risk and reward: ‪http://huff.to/Yc585K  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jan 

How foods can affect moods via the enteric nervous system (gut’s very own system of 100,000,000 neurons): ‪http://ind.pn/13IuGqq   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jan 

Dietary choline during pregnancy shows promise in reducing risk of offspring developing ‪#schizophrenia: ‪http://bit.ly/Ybw2KY  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 17 Jan 

@uberpatzer Translation: “Some rare people in their 80’s have memories as good as most people’s is in their 50’s and 60’s – now we know why”

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Jan 

More von Economo neurons in anterior cingulate may account4certain octogenarians extraordinary memories: ‪http://bit.ly/X6LNvZ    ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Jan 

‪@GabyMatthewman I know quite a lot about neuroscience-informed mechanisms of overeating,but not so much about undereating..interesting post!

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Jan 

Disorientation often tell-tale sign of Alz because early entorhinal cortex damage may impair “grid cells”: ‪http://bit.ly/WIb27W  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 16 Jan 

Predictions about future directions for using digital technologies to aid the brain: ‪http://huff.to/VJcsn0  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen ‪#In

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Jan 

A nice little synopsis of recent advances in the acute treatment and long term rehabilitation for stroke: ‪http://bit.ly/W6ZdcQ   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Micah Allen ‏‪@neuroconscience 15 Jan 

Fisher-Price Synesthesia ‪http://bit.ly/11wIINd 
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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Jan 

Don’t bribe your kids into good behaviour: ‪http://nyti.ms/UNuBMg  My dad used: “spinach makes you smile” Hard as I tried to prove him wrong…

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    .     David Bradley ‏‪@sciencebase 15 Jan 

A good memory for Face(book)? ‪http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uow-nfa011513.php … ‪#hmmm

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 15 Jan 

Anecdotal suspicions of cognitive decline and memory problems at menopause confirmed by recent research: ‪http://fxn.ws/13yOQUI  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jan 

se souvenir (Fr.) – “to remember” ¦ Souvenaid – a milkshake claiming to improve memory in mild dementia: ‪http://huff.to/RSF9N4   ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jan 

Unlikely-sounding relationship between rainfall and incidence of hydrocephalus (water on brain) in Uganda: ‪http://bit.ly/SxKOtu  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 14 Jan 

This is your brain on Shakespeare: ‪http://bit.ly/Sss4vs  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jan 

I’d love to see an MRI of ‪#langlang‘s brain to take a look at his “omega sign motor cortex” -must be huge: ‪http://bit.ly/UbXALB  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jan 

Slowly but surely we’re starting to understand mechanism by which T cells orchestrate their attack on myelin in ‪#MS: ‪http://bit.ly/TP5IT8 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jan 

If you want to do something about massive waste of fresh foods: ‪http://bit.ly/WSWmTK  Then get your veggies from ‪@FarmDrop ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 11 Jan 

Premature baby’s brains appear to grow slower due to earlier than usual exposure to breathable oxygen: ‪http://bit.ly/XRXkpF  ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jan 

Rubbish with numbers? Maybe your intraparietal sulcus needs some Prof Butterworth brain training: ‪http://bit.ly/11gXckd  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jan 

Desorption ElectroSpray Ionization soon to help surgeons better discern edges of brain tumours: ‪http://bit.ly/13liziW  ‪#neuroformed ‪#cancer

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 10 Jan 

How to promote your EEG-controlled computer game in a noisy exhibition hall w/ 150,000 delegates? Cue inflatable igloo: ‪http://bit.ly/UMnNE0 

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Jan 

Concerns about cognitive enhancers hit world stage: ‪http://bit.ly/UWCce6  I won’t lose sleep over this particular “arms race” ‪#neuroformed

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    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Jan 

Animal studies suggest that brain benefits of exercise wear off quickly-so keep up the new regime: ‪http://nyti.ms/UVluM6  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

     

    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 9 Jan 

Funny how much more sure non-neuroscientists (like Ray Kurtzweil) are about how brains work than most neuroscientists: ‪http://bit.ly/ZFZzwA 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jan 

Virtual autopsies – establishing cause of death without having to cut anyone open, using several scanning technologies: ‪http://bit.ly/VydD5M 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jan 

Cox filling Attenborough shoes for ‪#BBC Nature from now on,it seems: ‪http://bit.ly/WtViYa  Perpetual beatific smile, even when petrified ;-)

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    .    BrainFacts.org ‏‪@Brain_Facts_org 8 Jan 

Neuroscientist Janet Zadina turned to science to address reading problems in children. Read her full story: ‪http://ow.ly/gB7ms  ‪#teachers

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jan 

Check this clever visual illusion. How’s it done? My guess: high frequency strobe lighting: ‪http://ind.pn/11bdafO  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 8 Jan 

2clever2survive: unintentionally funny HuffPost article in which neuroscientist argues our big brains are maladaptive: ‪http://huff.to/109Yle3 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

To fully understand why TV hosts shouldn’t hand politicians lists of suspected paedophiles – rent this remarkable film: ‪http://imdb.to/wjqw5H 

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

The inexorable growth of the global market peddling digital products that improve *brain health*: ‪http://huff.to/ZgEqEh 

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    .    Keith R Laws ‏‪@Keith_Laws 7 Jan 

From Mind Pops to Hallucinations ‪http://bit.ly/REFC1J  Our recent paper (free) on Mind Pops in schizophrenia & depression
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

Mind-bogglingly brilliant paper on adolescent depression uniting ‪#psychiatry ‪#psychology & ‪#neuroscience : ‪http://1.usa.gov/UvlbF8  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

‪@culturengine Real life ‪#neuroforming in action – everything your brain needs to get firing on all cylinders; guinea pigs – I salute you…

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

(…and I have tremendous staying power when it comes to perservering through even really bad pop science books)

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

Shrink blogs about gaping flaws in Jill Bolte Taylor’s book -the only pop sci book I couldn’t bear2finish: ‪http://huff.to/XcwUe4  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 7 Jan 

Wellcome Trust launches blog written by variety of neuroscientists to give sense of breadth of research: ‪http://bit.ly/107R2DF  ‪#neuroscience

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jan 

The age of the cyborg has arrived – get used to it: ‪http://huff.to/YmPvmJ   ‪#neuroformed ‪#neuroscience

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    .    Alexis C. Madrigal ‏‪@alexismadrigal 4 Jan 

Could human enhancement turn soldiers into weapons that violate international law? Yes. ‪http://bit.ly/Z3W3af 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jan 

‪@nabomita_smiles ‪@gautam_k_ ‪@Chaitanya_13 Thanks for the endorsement… glad you like what you read in my year’s worth of ‪#braintweet

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jan 

I was inspired to do neuroscience when a magazine like this appeared in my biology A-level lesson in ’95: ‪http://bit.ly/VnFsh1  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 4 Jan 

A surprisingly good article about the impact of digital technology on the human brain: ‪http://on.ft.com/UMgUkj  ‪#neuroformed ‪#neuroscience

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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Jan 

Staying focused at work… never heard of David Rock before but these three tips ain’t bad: ‪http://bit.ly/U8i6Qy  ‪#neuroformed ‪#BeATen ‪#In

    .     Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Jan 

Eye blinks activate default mode network & deactivate dorsal attention networks when world is least interesting: ‪http://bit.ly/X2xYkO  ‪#neuro

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    .     Graham Davey ‏‪@GrahamCLDavey 3 Jan 

Let crying babes lie: Study supports notion of leaving infants to cry themselves back to sleep ‪http://bit.ly/VxsTiU 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 3 Jan 

Dopamine: driving consumption, addiction & even motivation – courtesy of the CBC: ‪http://bit.ly/UkCSHj  ‪#neuroscience ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Danny Penman ‏‪@DrDannyPenman 3 Jan 

Kind hearted childred are happier & more popular (BBC) ‪http://ow.ly/gu8nJ 
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 Jan 

Time perception influenced not just by memory& attention but also emotional state& dopamine: ‪http://bit.ly/10IOXNv  ‪#neuroformed ‪#neuroscience

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    .    Julia Anderson ‏‪@BioLecturer 2 Jan 

BBC News – Young ‘cannot cope with daily life’ ‪http://bbc.in/S47525  <- I hope all my students know that they can talk to me about *anything*
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    .    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 Jan 

A reasonably well-balanced article on aims, abilities&tools of ‪#neuromarketing finds its way in2the press: ‪http://bit.ly/ZRIuAQ  ‪#neuroformed

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    .    Chris Chambers ‏‪@chrisdc77 2 Jan 

This wonderful interview w/ David Attenborough reminds me why he was such an inspiration to me growing up ‪http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/sci-tech/2012/12/david-attenborough-life-measured-heartbeats …
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    Jack Lewis ‏‪@DrJackLewis 2 Jan 

Fructose poor at reducing activity in brain feeding centres (hypothalamus) = stay hungry: ‪http://bit.ly/10KZU10  ‪#neuroforming ‪#neuroscience

     

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  • What Does a Human Brain Really Look Like?

    human_brain_in_a_vatI saw my first real life human brain as a neuroscience undergraduate at the University of Nottingham.  My neuroanatomy professor dipped his gloved hands into a white plastic bucket from which pungent fumes had been emanating since we entered the dissection lab. Tugging on a piece of string looped around the corpus callosum (the thick bundle of fibres that connects left and right hemispheres) he lifted up an off-white brain into view. There were literally gasps of astonishment from the assembled teens. To witness the seat of all human perception, cognition and emotion in the flesh is quite an awesome experience. There was a second bucket that contained a far more gruesome anatomical specimen.  The right half of an old man’s entire head and neck! His face was perfectly preserved, right down to the stubble on his chin and the calm expression on his face. But flipping the specimen over revealed the inner face of his right brain hemisphere, the midline of his thalamus, brain stem and uppermost part of his spinal cord. Although this grotesque/incredible sight sent several of my colleagues bolting out of the room to visit the bathroom I was spellbound – this was precisely what I had hoped for when I opted to do a B.Sc. in neuroscience.

     

    I’ll never forget those two brains. I was thrilled to take the opportunity to hold and examine them, scrutinising the anatomical landmarks that I’d studied only in textbooks for so long. However the appearance of these brains was totally misleading. Soon after the donor had been declared dead all of the blood would had been flushed out of the brain’s blood vessels and then washed out with a preservative – the overpowering nasal insult that is formalin. I knew this was the procedure but I must admit to not realising how much the process transforms the appearance of this “fixed” brain in comparison to a fresh one.

     

    Fig3For many years the memory of handling those heavy, pallid brains, with texture not dissimilar to the “bouncy ball” toys of childhood, fundamentally influenced how I imagined the living brains of the several dozen people I scanned during my Ph.D. research using MRI. Indeed, the fact that structural MRI images of the brains in question are rendered in black and white only compounded this false impression. I spent many cumulative hours looking at such misleadingly coloured brains. To double check that my subjects were keeping still as instructed during the scan. To ensure that the realignment/morphing stage of preprocessing hadn’t introduced any glitches. To establish in which anatomical areas the significantly activated voxels might have resided. Ultimately the idea of brains as a greyscale entity was firmly embedded.

     

    Autopsy LiveIt wasn’t until Channel 4 decided to televise a live autopsy courtesy of Dr Death (or Professor Von Hagens as he is formally known) that I realised my mistake. Unlike a medical school autopsy, which usually use bodies that have been preserved by replacing bodily fluids with formaldehyde, this one was going to be using a fresh cadaver. I was literally gobsmacked when he sawed open the roof of the skull and a wobbly, pale pink, real, fresh human brain flopped out into his hands. It was more the texture of blancmange than firm rubber.

     

    The human brain is a truly amazing organ. Both in life and in death. If you’re curious, take a look at the footage below of a real, unpreserved, human brain fresh out of the skull, courtesy of the University of Utah.

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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.

    In addition to these monthly blogs I also tweet daily about interesting brain-related articles that hit the press. If that sounds good to you then please consider following me by clicking here.

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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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  • Prof Irene Tracey explains How Brains Change Pain

    Earlier this year I interview some of the world’s leading neuroscience researchers at the 2013 British Neuroscience Association’s annual conference at the Barbican Centre. This video is a short extract of the interview I did with the lovely Prof Irene Tracey who is not just an expert in how the brain creates and modulates pain; she is also a brilliant communicator. Here we discuss some basic brain mechanisms involved in reducing pain when the situation demands it. This is one of sixteen interviews with some amazing scientists which I’m slowly but surely editing into a short film. So watch this space…

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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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