Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to inject a little neuroscience into a variety of entertainment shows. I’ve been very slack in tracking down the footage in order to preserve it for posterity but finally got down to business. So in this month’s blog I’ve put together a few clips from my appearance on Ranganation (BBC) talking about the What Smartphones Do To Our Brains and my visit to Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (Sky) where I used some electrodes, electrical wiring and a battery pack to enable Rob Brydon to take control over Emma Bunton’s hand.
Here’s the first clip from Ranganation, where Romesh welcomes me onto the show and introduces me to Rob Beckett and Fay Ripley.
To kick things off I describe why it is really difficult to do proper scientific research to establish exactly how smartphone use impacts brain function.
I then move onto describing how media multitasking can erode our ability to block out distractions to focus our minds on the task at hand.
The penultimate insight I delivered was to point out how overuse of smartphones can potentially lead to problems with empathy, that is, understanding what other people are thinking and how they are feeling on the basis of monitoring their facial expressions and body language.
My final offering was to share the research findings indicating that the instant availability of information is almost certainly leading to a situation where we find ourselves having to look up the same facts over and over again.
And here’s that clip from Series 6 Episode 2 of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo where I got the chance to work with Emma Bunton, Rob Brydon and Lee Mack. Who’d have thought studying the brain really hard could lead to the opportunity to meet one of my favourite comedians AND a Spice Girl all on the same day?! 🙂
Next month I’m going to do the same thing with my appearance on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and then normal brain articles will resume. In addition to these monthly blogs I also tweet about interesting brain news (@drjacklewis) and build virtual reality worlds which I will soon be starting to post footage from on Instagram (brainmanVR).