Man the Manipulator by Dr Jack Lewis

Iterative cycles of human brains adapting to environments and environments being adapted by human brains have enabled our species to thrive in a wider variety of ecological niches than any other mammal across the length and breadth of the entire globe. Of vital importance to our adaptability is the emergence of cognitive faculties enabling us to circumvent the painstakingly slow processes involved in evolutionary change that drive behavioural adaptations in most other multicellular species.

Does brain training really work? by Dr Jack Lewis

A study conducted in collaboration with the BBC and recently published in top science journal “Nature” suggests that “brain training doesn’t make us smarter”. In this article I argue that lack of proof is not the same as proving that something doesn’t work and outline several reasons why I believe it would be premature to write off the potential benefits of brain training on the basis of the first proper clinical trial ever to investigate this potentially exciting phenomenon. I also describe a possible approach to a future clinical trial that might give brain training the best possible chance of proving itself worthy of the billions of dollars people are spending on such programs worldwide.