Neuropsychologist Jens Foell (@fMRI_guy) joined Real Scientists at the beginning of December from sunny Florida.
In addition to sharing with us loads of information about neuroimaging and the psychology of pain, it seems Jens also has a knack for creating catchy acronyms.
I'll call them ASCTYPDKYs.
— realscientists (@realscientists) November 29, 2015
Jens also kicked off a fantastic discussion about favourite depictions of scientists on screen, and scientifically* determined the all time greatest is …
(Although Jeff Goldblum deserves an honorable mention for his varied portrayals of scientists)
— realscientists (@realscientists) December 1, 2015
[*may or may not be scientific]
We also heard about the study of amnesia using video games, and the insights this can give us into how the brain works.
It's a well-known effect that if you play Tetris all day, you're likely to dream about Tetris.
Hardcore gamers out there know what I mean.
— realscientists (@realscientists) December 2, 2015
The struggle is real.
After it was all done and dusted, Jens checked back in with us to let us know how he thought it all went:
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?
I liked it a lot. For the most part it was as I expected: chatting with interested people about science done by me and others.
It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?
Certainly, to some degree. I noticed my phone being a lot busier than usual, and also learned that the opinions and experiences are a lot more diverse — which means I had to defend my standpoint more often than in my personal account.
What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?
Highlight: shared a study that I thought too few people knew about, got a lot of shares & positive feedback. Than did the same thing again with another study, with the same result.
Other highlight: great feedback to impromptu “live tweeting” of the science books I found in a local bookstore.
Lowlight: there was a discussion about science vs morality that developed without me doing much, it got a slight bit more aggressive than I would have liked. It wasn’t anything major, but it felt awkward to me.
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?
I think it did everything I wanted it to
Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?
I did have a list of things that I wanted to discuss, and I was able to work everything in over the course of the week. I didn’t have a day-by-day plan.
Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?
Let the community talk as much as possible: ask them for their opinions, their favorite part of whatever you talk about, and so on. It’s a pleasure to see feedback or discussions coming in.
What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?
I tried to point out other interesting accounts as much as possible during my week — apart from them, people who like what I write will probably love @drskyskull, @drrubidium, @doctor_PMS
Thanks once again Jens from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from his week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.