New BSP Group at GoodReads.com Replaces Old Forum

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I have started a new group at Goodreads.com for fans of the Brain Science Podcast.  As of February 1, 2001 this replaces the old Discussion Forum, which was started in June of 2007.

The new format focuses on the many books that have been featured on the podcast, including last month's episode (BSP 72), which featured the authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions.

Visit the BSP Group at Goodreads.com

Discuss BSP 72

I have added all the books that have been featured on past episodes, so you can start a discussion about any of these.  The "Currently Reading" section includes the books I hope to feature on upcoming episodes.  This is in response to many requests from listeners.

There is also a place for you to add your own reading suggestions, as well as several areas for other topics.  If you love reading, you will want to check out Goodreads.com; and I hope you will also join our new group.  I am hoping that this group will be more active than the old Discussion Forum.

Visit the BSP Group at Goodreads.com

Brain Science Podcast's Third Semi-Annual Review (BSP 40)

Episode 40 of the Brain Science Podcast is a look back at the highlights from the last six months.  We have talked about numerous topics including brain plasticity, mirror neurons, language, brain rhythms, and the sense of smell. We talked with 9 guests and we have also explored the practical implications of neuroscience, including the importance of sleep and exercise to brain health.  This brief review episode is intended for both new listeners and long-time subscribers.

How to get this episode:

  • Premium Subscribers now have unlimited access to all old episodes and transcripts.
  • Buy mp3 for $1.
  • Buy Transcript for $1.
  • New episodes of the Brain Science Podcast are always FREE.  All episodes posted after January 1, 2013, are free.  See the individual show notes for links the audio files.

    Send email feedback to Ginger Campbell, MD at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com.

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    Some Recent Research About Embodied Cognition

    There is an ongoing debate on the Brain Science Podcast Discussion Forum about whether the importance of embodiment is an essential obstacle to trying to simulate human cognition with computers.  Meanwhile, the role of embodiment in cognition continues to be a growing area of research.  I enjoyed a recent post on the Scientific American Community website entitled, Thinking with the Body, by Art Glenberg from Arizona State University.  He reviews recent research by Holt and Bellock.  The bottom line is that even when people are involved in verbal tasks, like reading sentences, their comprehension is influenced by their body knowledge of what is being described.

    You can read more at Mind Matters: Neuroscience, Psychology, Psychiatry, and More.

    A review of "The Executive Brain" (BSP 16)

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    Brain Science Podcast #16 is a discussion of The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind (2002), by Elkhonon Goldberg.

    How to get this episode:

    • Premium Subscribers now have unlimited access to all old episodes and transcripts.
    • Buy mp3 for $1.
    • Buy Transcript for $1.
    • New episodes of the Brain Science Podcast are always FREE.  All episodes posted after January 1, 2013, are free.  See the individual show notes for links the audio files.

    Show Notes

    This episode is an introduction to the role of the pre-frontal lobes in decision-making, and the other "executive" functions of our brain.  The functions of the pre-frontal lobes are not only the keys to what makes us human, but also the keys to our individual personality.

    In this episode, using Dr. Goldberg's book, we discuss how the frontal lobes relate to the other structures of the brain.  We also, discuss some ideas about why the left and right sides of the brain differ, as well as several important ways in which the cortex, and especially the pre-frontal lobes differ from some of the older parts of the brain.

    We discuss briefly the vulnerability of the frontal lobes to damage and disease, and we consider the implications of frontal lobe dysfunction.  Questions are introduced that will be considered in more detail in future podcasts.

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    Are You Having Problems with the Podcast Feed?

    Over the last 2 weeks I have been having problems with the Brain Science Podcast feed associated with trying to move to Podango™.com.

    If you have had any recent problems with trying to download episodes, I would appreciate if you would write to me at docartemis@gmail.com or post a comment below.  I especially need feedback from people using iTunes™ because according to Feedburner™ we lost several hundred  iTunes™ subscribers in just one week!

    Meanwhile, iTunes™ is also currently not showing all the episodes, so if you need to get to an episode that isn't showing up, please note that all of the previous episodes are available to play or download at http://brainscience.podango.com.

    Episode 14 will be coming out on Thursday, June 14th. To celebrate 6 months of podcasting, I used this episode to catch my breath and to look back on some of the interesting topics we have covered.  We will also take a look ahead to upcoming topics.

    Do You Want a Brain Science Forum?

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    There seems to be some interest in setting up a forum for discussing the topics of the Brain Science Podcast, so I am trying to determine if there is enough interest to justify the time of organizing and maintaining such a site.

    Having a forum would offer several advantages:  It would allow people's comments to start discussion threads, instead of having them "disappear" into the blog archives of the show notes.  Also, we could have ongoing discussions about the subjects that interest people such as memory and consciousness, just to name two.  Another advantage of forums is that they allow a community to grow, and provide a way for listeners to connect with each other.

    Let me know if you are interested by posting a comment below or sending me email at docartemis at gmail.com.