Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone Podcast

Brain Science is hosted by Ginger Campbell, MD. It explores how recent discoveries in neuroscience are unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.

BS 154 Alan Castel explores the psychology of successful aging
BS 154 is an interview with Dr. Alan Castel, author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. In the past we have discussed how our brain changes as we age, but it turns out successful aging requires more than "good genes." Our attitudes and our behaviors have a huge impact. More importantly, it is never too early to begin preparing for successful aging. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send you feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.c...

BS 153 "Understanding the Brain" with John Dowling
Episode 153 of Brain Science is an interview with Harvard neuroscientist John Dowling. We talk about his latest book Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition with a special focus on Vision. If you listen to this episode in the Free Brain Science mobile app you can also listen to BSP 4, which featured one of Dowling's earlier books, The Great Brain Debate: Nature Or Nurture?. Just look under Extras. For complete show notes and episode transcripts please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.co...

BS 152 Twelfth Annual Review Episode
BS 152 is our 12th annual review episode.   In 2018 nine new books were featured and the subjects covered included memory, peri-personal cells, creativity, language, reading, the cerebral mystique, synapses, happiness, emotion and work of Eve Marder.  We had 4 new guests and 4 returning guests along with an encore interview with Dr. Eve Marder.   This episode includes highlights from all 11 episodes that were released between January and November 2018.   Go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete sho...


BS 151 Neuroscience of Emotion
BS 151 is a discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. We talk about key ideas from the book and relate them to several previous episodes about emotion including interviews with Jaak Panksepp, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Luis Pessoa. Details show notes and episode transcripts will be available in a few days. Please visit our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus Babbel promo code ginger Leave voice feedback via Speakpipe or send email to brainsciencepodcast@gm...

BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome
BS 150 is my 4th interview with Dr. Seth Grant, the molecular biologist who has discovered surprising things about the evolution of the synapse, including the fact that vertebrates have much more complex synapses than invertebrates. In this interview we talk about his latest paper in Neuron in which his team has developed a method for mapping the synapses across the entire mouse brain. This is called a synaptome and reveals that there is surprising diversity depending on which part of the brain is examined....

Announcements about Boston and Australia
This brief announcement is to correct a mistake I made in BS 148. For several months I have been talking about my trip to Australia in 2019. I have posted this brief audio to clarify that October 1 was the first day to put down your deposit for the trip (not the deadline). The dates in Australia will be May 20-30, 2018 and I have included the PDF with details with this announcement. There is room for 16 listeners. Please write to a brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com for more details.   Also, I will be in Boston ...


BS 149 "Happy Brain" with Dr. Dean Burnett
Brain Science 149 is an episode for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an interview with Dr. Dean Burnett, author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why. We look beyond the hype about dopamine and consider how our social nature impacts our happiness. Complete show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Please visit our sponsor: http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/ginger Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

BS 148 Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder
BS 148 is the interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Eve Marder, which I originally recorded back in 2009. I am reposting it now as a follow-up to last month's review of Charlotte Nassim's excellent biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience. The topics discussed in this interview are just as relevant as they were back then. A highlight of this interview is Dr. Marder's insights into what it was like to be part of the first large cohort of women entering science back in the ...

BS 147: Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience
BS 147 is a discussion of the new biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience by Charlotte Nassim. This is an intellectual biography of one of neuroscientists least know pioneers. Dr. Marder was interviewed on this podcast back in BSP 56, which is also now free to download. In this episode I take you through some of Dr. Marder's key discoveries. Her work is unique because even as a graduate student she was challenging long held assumptions in her field. Although Nassim never mentio...


BS 146 Alan Jasanoff on The Biological Mind
This is an interview with MIT neuroscientist, Dr. Alan Jasanoff about his book The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are. We talk about what he calls the "cerebral mystique" and why it is important to remember because the brain is embodied it is not autonomous. The Mind is the result of the interaction of the brain, body, and its environment. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for full show notes and episode transcripts. Try a free month of The Great Co...

BS 145 The Reading Brain with Maryanne Wolf
BS 145 celebrates the return of Dr. Maryanne Wolf who was featured back in BSP 29 when we talked about her bestseller Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. In this episode we talk about her recent book Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century. Our focus is two-fold. First we consider the implications of the fact that while language is acquired naturally, reading is a cultural invention that must be taught. Second, we explore how the brain is changed by reading and consider the cons...

BS 144 Language in the Brain with Angela Friederici
This is an interview with Dr. Angela Friederici, author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. Her book is an extensive review of decades of research, but this interview provides an accessible introduction to listeners of all backgrounds. Don't miss our new monthly Facebook live sessions where listeners can submit questions about past episodes. Learn more at our Facebook Fan Page. Full episode show notes and episode transcripts are available at brainsciencepodcast.com....


BS 143 Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg
BS 143 is an interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation. We explore the roles of both the pre-frontal lobes and the right cerebral hemisphere, and we consider how the rapid rate of change may actually be decreasing the incidence of dementia by forcing older people to learn new skills rather than getting stuck in the rut of years of "auto-pilot." Show notes and episode transcripts are available at http:brainsciencepodcast.com. Important new announceme...

BS 142 Michael Graziano explores Peripersonal Neurons
BS 142 is an interview with neuroscientist Michael Graziano about his latest book The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature. We explore the discovery of peripersonal neurons and discover how deeply they are imbedded in our daily lives. For show notes and complete transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com Send email to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com or submit audio feedback at http://speakpipe.com/docartemis. This episode will be discussed on the Brain Science Podcast ...

BS 141 Rodrigo Quian Quiroga on Memory and Perception
BS 141 is an interview with Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron."  We explore how our brains construct both perception and memory, with an emphasis on meaning over exact detail. We also explore why this is important and how it makes humans very different from artificial intelligence. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com This show r...


BS 140 Brain Science Review of 2017
BS 140 is our 11th Annual Review episode. We look back at the highlights from 2017. New listeners will get a good feel for the ideas and guests that appeared, while regular listeners will have a chance to review a few key ideas. This year I also include a few highlights from the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for detailed show notes and episode transcripts. Listeners can get a free month of access to The Great Courses at http://thegreatcourse...

BS 139 Jeff Hawkins from Numenta
Jeff Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005, shortly after publishing his best seller "On Intelligence." Numenta's goal is to create a computer model of how the human cortex functions and more importantly advance our theoretical understanding of why it has the structure that it does. In BS 139 Hawkins describes some of his team's latest research and some exciting new ideas. Complete show notes and transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Send feed back to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com or via ...

BS 138 John Medina: Brain Rules for Aging Well
In BS 138 Dr. John Medina returns to discuss his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. This is a lively discussion full of useful information for listeners of all ages. If you listen via the free Brain Science mobile app you also listen to Dr. Medina's original interview (BSP 37), which is included as Bonus content. Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Note to Premium Subscribers: Premium content includi...


BS 137 Seth Grant: "Genetic Lifespan Calendar"
In BS 137 neuroscientist Seth Grant describes his surprising new discovery that brain complexity is controlled by a "genetic lifespan calendar" that determines the timing of brain changes through out the lifespan. We also explore the exciting implications of this discovery. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for detailed show notes and episode transcripts. Our new sponsor is The Great Courses Plus. For a free month of video streaming and downloads go to http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/ginger.   Note...

BS 136 Why Reading Science Matters
In Brain Science 136 we discuss "Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It" by Mark Seidenberg. We consider the disturbing gap between our scientific knowledge of reading and current education practices in the US. This episode will provide the listener with some important basics about how reading changes our brains and what is known about how children learn to read. Learning to read is not as automatic as learning to talk and when problems arise, early int...

BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made
This episode features Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. We discuss the evidence AGAINST the classical theory that emotions are universal and hardwired, as well as her new theory of Constructed Emotions. This new theory has significant implications for how we understand ourselves and others. Detailed show notes are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Bonus Content is available for Premium Subscribers and Patreon supporters. Please send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.c...


BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience
Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience died in April 2017 at the age of 73. Because he was one of our most popular guests we are replaying his first interview from 2010. Please visit Brain Science website for detailed show notes and links to transcripts. Here are links to the show notes for his other free interviews. BS 91 Books and Ideas 51 In the next episode we will explore newer theories of emotion, but I think Dr. Panksepp's legacy is worth honoring.   Send feedback to brainsciencepodcas...

BS 133 Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel
How many neurons does the typical human brain contain? The oft-quoted number of 100 billion turns out to have been a guess that was wrong! By a lot! Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel is the Brazilian neuroscientist who developed a revolutionary new technique for accurately counting the neurons in brains of all sizes. She shocked the scientific community when she determined that the average human brain contains only 86 billion neurons, but we still have more neurons in our cerebral cortex than any other species. L...

BS 132 William Uttal on the limitations of brain imaging
Dr. William Uttal first appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2012. He was a long time critic of over reliance of certain types of brain imaging, especially fMRI, in cognitive neuroscience. Sadly, he died in February 2017, so in his honor I am replaying that original interview. The points he made are just as relevant now as they were 5 years ago. Links and References Uttal, W. R. (2011) Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Uttal, W. R. (2009) Neuroscience in the Courtroom...


BS 131: What is Mind? part 2 of our 10th Anniversary Retrospective
In this episode we focus on the most recent 5 years of Brain Science, looking back at our guests and topics with a focus on the question What is Mind? Since there is no consensus about this deeply human question, I am sharing how my own thoughts have grown and evolved over 10 years of reading, talking to scientists and philosophers and creating this podcast. Since this is part 2 of our 10 years celebration, I have also included some more listener feedback. Thanks to everyone who has sent me feedback since t...

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Brain Science 130 Ten Year Anniversary, Part 1 - The Early Years
In this episode, Dr. Ginger Campbell celebrates The Brain Science Podcast/Brain Science's 10 year anniversary. This episode focuses on the first 5 years of the podcast. Find out how the show got started and listen as Dr. Campbell shares some of her most memorable episodes. We also have some listener feedback, so join us for the celebration! For complete show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Send Dr. Campbell feedback at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com.   Post a review in i...

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Brain Science: 10th Anniversary Preview
In December, Brain Science (podcast) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. I want to include listener feedback so I posted this brief call to action. Please send your mp3 or email to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com. Also, if you enjoy our sponsor Audible.com, please check out Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M. by Suzanne Corkin....


BSP 129 Dr. Brenda Milner: Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory
In episode 129, Dr. Brenda Milner comes on the show to talk about her life's work and her most famous experiments. Dr. Milner was a pioneer in the field of neuropsychology and in the study of memory and other cognitive functions in humankind. She studied the effects of damage to the medial temporal lobe on memory and systematically described the deficits in the most famous patient in cognitive neuroscience, Henry Molaison, formerly known as patient H.M.She has made major contributions to the understanding o...

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BSP 128 Jon Mallatt: Primary Consciousness and Experience
In episode 128, Jon Mallat is here to talk about the book he co-authored, "The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience". The focus on this conversation is on primary consciousness, the most base form of consciousness. We differentiate between the types of consciousness and utilize and inter-disciplinary approach to the science behind how the brain creates experiences, thus attempting solving the hard problem of consciousness. Are humans the only sentient beings? Find out in this i...

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Brain Science: Information for Listeners
Brain Science (formerly the Brain Science Podcast) has been on a 6 month hiatus. This short audio provides information for both new listeners and longtime fans. I talk briefly about the background and content of the show. Then I explain how to get more out of our website at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Finally I review all the options for supporting the show. Feel free to send questions and feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

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BSP 127 Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti
BSP 127 is a follow-up to BSP 122, which was an interview with Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease. in this new interview we discuss some of Dr. Benedetti's most recent research into placebo effects involving pain and high altitude headaches. We also discuss some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of placebos. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete show notes and episode transcripts. Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@g...

BSP 126 Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind
Episode 126 is an interview with Andy Clark, author of Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind. Our focus is on integrating a predictive model of the brain with the principles of embodied cognition. Clark makes these topics accessible to listeners of all backgrounds.   For complete show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Send Dr. Campbell feedback at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com.   Post a review in iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite app store and se...

BSP 125 Ninth Annual Review Episode
BSP 125 is our ninth annual review episode. I briefly review a few key ideas from each episode and then look forward to 2016. Check out the show notes at http://brainsciencepodcast.com for a list of all of this year's guests and a list of what books were featured. The transcript for this episode is FREE....


BSP 124 After Phrenology with Michael Anderson
In BSP 124 philosopher turned neuroscientist Michael Anderson talks about his new book "After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain." One of the most surprising recent discoveries in neuroscience has been that every part of the brain actually participates in multiple coalitions and functions. This means asking WHERE a certain function is located or WHAT a particular region does are obsolete questions. While the book is quite technical our conversation presents the key ideas in a way that will b...

BSP 123 Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition with Anthony Chemero
BSP 123 is an interview with Anthony Chemero, author of Radical Embodied Cognitive Science and Phenomenology: an Introduction. Our focus is gaining an appreciation for phenomenology as a living philosophical tradition that is making valuable contributions to cognitive science. Click here for Free Episode Transcript. Related episodes are also available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send feedback to Dr. Campbell at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

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BSP 122 Neurobiology of Placebos
This is a replay of the interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease and The Patient's Brain: The neuroscience behind the doctor-patient. We talk about the neurobiology of placebos, including the fact that they produce objective changes in the brain and body. For complete show notes and episode transcripts please go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com or post comments in our discussion forum...

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BSP Summer Announcements
Due to circumstances beyond my control the next full episode of the Brain Science Podcast will be delayed until mid-late September. This announcement explains why and also includes important information about BSP 121 (a revised version is available). It also explains some recent changes in the Premium Subscription. Finally the last 16 minutes shares some personal memories about my husband Dr. Dennis G Smith. For detailed show notes please go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com....

BSP 121 Interoception with Dr. AD (Bud) Craig
BSP 121 is an interview with AD (Bud) Craig, author of  "How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self." Dr. Craig has made some surprising discoveries about how information about our body's inner state (interoception) reaches our awareness. We talk about the implications of these discoveries for understanding both consciousness and mental illness. Would you like to win a FREE year of PREMIUM? Go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com/premium to learn how. Full show notes and episode t...

BSP 120 Ed Taub Part 2
BSP 120 is the second half of my interview with Dr. Ed Taub, pioneer of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy), which is a revolutionary approach to rehabilating people with stroke and other brain injuries. Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Please follow me on twitter: @docartemis...


BSP 119 Dr. Ed Taub: Stroke Rehab and Brain Plasticity (neuroplasticity)
BSP 119 is the first half of a new interview with Dr. Edward Taub who last appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in Episode 28. His Constraint Induced (CT) Therapy is a pioneering rehabilitation method that taps into brain plasticity to help patients with a wide variety of brain injuries. Complete show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. If you are using the free Brain Science Mobile App be sure to check this episode's extras for additional free content (BSP 1...

BSP 118 Neuroanatomy for Everyone
BSP 118 provides an accessible introduction to neuroantomy for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an edited version of BSP 32, which was a discussion of "Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain"  by David Bainbridge. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete show notes and episode transcripts. Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

BSP 117: Michael Gazzaniga, father of cognitive neuroscience
BSP 117 is an interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga. We focus on his new autobiography "Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience." Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete show notes and episode transcripts. The most recent 25 episodes of the Brain Science Podcast are FREE, but Premium Subscribers have unlimited access to all episodes and transcripts. Learn more at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/premium....


BSP 116 Norman Doidge, MD on "The Brain's Way of Healing"
BSP 116 is an interview with Dr. Norman Doidge about his new book "The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity." In his previous bestseller, "The Brain That Changes Itself," Dr. Doidge featured that scientific pioneers who proved that our brains remain plastic throughout our lives. In his new book he features clinicians who are exploring new treatment approaches that tap into that plasticity. We also explore some of the obstacles to the acceptance ...

BSP 114 Eighth Annual Review Episode
The Brain Science Podcast celebrated its eighth anniversary on December 5, 2014, which makes this our 8th annual review episode. Topics discussed in 2014 included brain plasticity, the interaction of cognition and emotion, sleep, consciousness, "neuromania," exercise and the brain, and mirror neurons. This episode provides a review for regular listeners and gives new listeners an idea of what's available in episodes 105-113. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete shownotes and episode tran...


BSP 113 Dalai Lama at UAB
BSP 113 features highlights and excerpts from the event "Neuroplasticity and Healing," which was held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on October 25, 2014. The event featured His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and neuroscientists Norman Doidge, Michael Merzenich, and Edward Taub. Please vist http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete show notes and episode transcripts. Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

BSP 112 What do Mirror Neurons Do?
Brain Science Podcast 112 is an interview with Dr. Gregory Hickok, author The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition. We review what mirror neurons are, how they were discovered, and why some popular ideas about what they do are probably wrong. Go http://brainsciencepodcast.com for detailed show notes and episode transcripts. Send Feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

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BSP 111 Exercise and the Brain
BSP 111 is an interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain." This is an edited version of an interview that was first posted back in 2008 (BSP 33), but the content remains extremely relevant. Detailed show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Please share your feedback about this episode by sending email to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com or going to the Brain Science Podcast Discussion Forum at http://brains...

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BSP 110 Neurobiology for Dummies
BSP 110 is an interview with Dr. Frank Amthor, author "Neuroscience for Dummies" and "Neurobiology for Dummies." In this interview we discuss a wide variety of topics from neurobiology including what makes neurons special and how brains differ from current computers. This episode is appropriate for listeners of all backgrounds. Completer show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Please post feedback at brainscienceforum.com or send email to brainsciencepodcast@gmail...

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extra episode: Dr. John Ratey Returns
This is an episode of my other podcast, Books and Ideas. It is an interview with Dr. John Ratey about his latest book "Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization." It isn't about neuroscience per sebut I think it will interest many of you, especially if you are interested in how your lifestyle choices effect your brain and overall health. This transcript for this episode is FREE. Please visit http://booksandideas.com for more episodes. The next episode of the Brain Science Podcast...

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BSP 109 Avoiding "Neuromania"
For the last 7+ years the Brain Science Podcast has been exploring how neuroscience is unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. Episode 109 was inspired by several recent books that explore the hazards of thinking that neuroscience is the ONLY path to understanding. Complete show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. If you use the Brain Science Mobile App be sure to check the episode extras for free Premium content....

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BSP 108 Consciousness as Social Perception
In his new book "Consciousness and the Social Brain" neuroscientist Michael Graziano proposes that the same circuitry our brain uses to attribute awareness to others is used to create our own sense of awareness. Episode 108 is an interview with Dr. Graziano about this novel approach to the mystery of consciousness. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send your feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com. If you use the Brain Science Mobile App be sure t...

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BSP 107 Sleep Science with Dr. Penny Lewis
BSP 107 is an interview with Penelope A. Lewis, author of "The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest."   For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com.   Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com or post your comments on our Goodreads Group at http://brainscienceforum.com....

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BSP 106 "Cognitive-Emotional Brain" with Luiz Pessoa
Episode 106 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Luiz Pessoa, author of "The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration." We explore the evidence that cognition and emotion are deeply intertwined at all levels of the brain with a focus on the evidence that the amygdala and thalamus do more than has been traditionally assumed. Although this episode is somewhat technical, the key ideas are accessible to listeners of all backgrounds. For full show notes and episode transcripts ple...

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BSP 105 Brain Plasticity with Michael Merzenich
BSP 105 is an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich, author of "Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life." Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send feedback to Dr. Campbell at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com Use the coupon code BSP-50 for a 50% discount on any new Premium Subscription. If you use the Brain Science Mobile App be sure to check the episode extras for free Premium content.   NOTE: This episode has been reposted wi...

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BSP 104: 2013 Year End Review
Episode 104 of the Brain Science Podcast is our Seventh Annual Review Episode. We review the key ideas that we explored in 2013 and I explain the new Premium Subscription launching at the end of December. Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com for complete show notes....

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BSP 103 Human Connectome update with Olaf Sporns
I first interviewed Olaf Sporns, author of Discovering the Human Connectome, back in BSP 74. This episode is a followup interview that focuses on recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of Connectomics. We talk about the field's challenges and promise, including the importance of network theory as a tool for dealing with the huge amounts of data being generated by researchers. Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send Feedback to brainsciencepodcast...

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BSP 102 Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation with Dr. Allen Frances
BSP 102 is an interview with Dr. Allen Frances, author of "Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life." We talk about the factors that are driving the over diagnosis of certain mental illnesses while at the same time many people who really need psychiatric care do not receive it. This is a sobering discussion that closes with practical advice for both patients and those who care for them. Show notes and episode ...

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BSP 101 Synapse Evolution with Seth Grant
This is a followup to BSP 51 in which UK researcher Seth Grant told us about his work exploring the evolution of the synapse, which is a key structure in both invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems. In this Grant updates us on some of his latest research. His findings are both surprising and enlightening. Go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com for full show notes and free episode transcripts. All episodes of the Brain Science Podcast are available via our mobile app, which is now available for iOS, Andr...

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BSP 100 Brain Fitness with Alvaro Fernandez
To celebrate Episode 100 of the Brain Science Podcast I combined an interview about Brain Fitness with Alvaro Fernandez with several contributions from listeners from around the world. Fernandez is the co-author of "The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age." His co-author, Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg was interviewed back in BSP 18. Full show notes and free episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Music contributions: "I Got a Brai...

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BSP 94: Linguist Benjamin Bergen
Episode 94 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Bejamin Bergen, author of "Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning." Please visit our newly redesigned website at http://brainsciencepodcast.com for complete show notes and free episode transcripts. Send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com....

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Extra: Why Animal Emotions Matter
This episode is a followup interview with Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience. In a recent episode of the Brain Science Podcast we talked with Dr. Panksepp about his latest book "The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions." In this episode of Books and Ideas we talk about the implications of his research with a focus on how learning that we share basic emotional circuits with other mammals should influence how we treat the animals in our lives.  Click here for com...

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BSP 93: Pain (Part 1)
Episode 93 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Dr. Fernando Cervero. Dr. Cervero is the current president of the international Association for the Study of Pain and author of "Understanding Pain: Exploring the Perception of Pain." For complete show notes and free episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com....

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BSP 92 Neuroscience Review with Transcript
Episode 92 is the Sixth Annual Review Episode of the Brain Science Podcast. If you have been listening all year you will find this is a great way to revisit and remember some highlights and key ideas. IF you are a new listener this episode provides a nice overview of 2012, which included 10 interviews and 2 additional book reviews. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for links to all the episodes and the free episode transcripts....

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Extra: Terrence Deacon on Books and Ideas
Episode 47 of Books and Ideas is being released simultaneously in the Brain Science Podcast feed. It is an interview with Terrence Deacon, PhD., author of "Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter." We talk about the ongoing quest to explain the emergence of life, mind, and purpose using the known laws of physics (with out the need for any supernatural extras). Click here for complete show notes or visit booksandideas.com. Click here for free episode transcript. You can send Dr. Campbell feedback ...

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BSP 83: William Uttal: Is brain imaging the new phrenology?
Episode 83 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with William Uttal, PhD, author of "Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience." We look critically at the current role of brain imaging and why it falls short as a tool for unraveling the mystery of how mind emerges from the brain. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com/. Send feedback to Dr. Campbell at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com. She is also @docartemis on Twitter....

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BSP 80 Fifth Annual Review Episode with transcript
In BSP 80 we look back at Year 5 of the Brain Science Podcast. We also reflect on what we have learned about brain health. This episode contains useful information for both new listeners and long-time fans. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com/. Send feedback to Dr. Campbell at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com. She is also @docartemis on Twitter....

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BSP Extra: Cognitive Dissonance with Dr. Carol Tavris
I am putting Episode 43 of Books and Ideas into the Brain Science Podcast feed because it should be of interest to BSP fans. This episode is an interview with Carol Tavris, PhD, co-author of . We talk about the relationship between psychology and neuroscience as well as cognitive dissonance, which is the subject of Dr. Tavris's recent book Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts. For detailed show notes including references go to http://brainscien...

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BSP-56: Eve Marder, PhD
Episode 56 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with neuroscientist, Eve Marder, PhD. Dr. Marder has spent decades studying the somatogastric ganglion of the lobster. In this interview we talk about how she got into neuroscience during its early days, her recent tenure as president of the Society for Neuroscience, and how some of her key discoveries have implications for studying more complex nervous systems. Go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com for show notes and links. Send Dr. Campbell feedback...

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Extra: Vaccines Save Lives!
I have included Episode 25 of Books and Ideas in the feed for the Brain Science Podcast because it is a discussion of the alleged connection between vaccines and autism. In this episode I interview Dr. Paul Offit, author of "Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure." Despite overwhelming scientific evidence against a relationship between vaccines and autism, vaccine opponents continue to frighten and confuse parents. Meanwhile we are beginning to see the re-emergence o...

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BSP-52: 2nd Annual Review Episode
Episode 52 of the Brain Science Podcast is our Second Annual Review Episode. We review the highlights of 2008 and also talk briefly about our plans for 2009. The episode is aimed at all listeners, but should be especially helpful for newer listeners because there is an extensive discussion of the other on-line resources available to listeners including our website and Discussion Forum.Go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com for detailed show notes and links.Send email to docartemis at gmail.com or post feedbac...

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PROMO for Books and Ideas Podcast
This is a brief promo to remind you to check out my other podcast Books and Ideas. Episode 19 is an interview with Dan Ariely best-selling author of  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. You can find all the episodes in iTunes or by going to http://booksandideas.com/....

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BSP-27: Year-end Review for 2007
#27 Brain Science Podcast: This episode is a brief review of the first year of the Brain Science Podcast. I review some of the major topics that we have explored including memory, consciousnesses, decision-making, body maps, and plasticity. Then we look ahead to next year.What was your favorite episode? What was the most important or interesting thing that you learned this year from listening to the Brain Science Podcast? Share your thoughts at the Discussion Forum at http://brainscienceforum.com.For detail...

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