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Past Episodes

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The most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Premium subscribers have unlimited access to all episodes and transcripts. 

Episode 1-10 can now be purchased for download as a single zip file. Other episodes may be purchased for $1 each.

  1. Mind Wide OpenA general introduction to why neuroscience matters, based on Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, by Steven Johnson.  [Buy BSP 1-10]
  2. On IntelligenceA discussion of On Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins.   [Buy BSP 1-10]
  3. In Search of Memory: Nobel laureate Eric Kandel's excellent introduction to neuroscience.  [Buy BSP 1-10]
  4. Nature Versus Nurture: A discussion of The Great Brain Debate: Nature Or Nurture?  by John E. Dowling.  [Buy BSP 1-10]
  5. Consciousness: A very brief introduction to philosophy of mind.   [Buy BSP 1-10]
  6. The First Idea: The role of emotional signaling in the development of language, based on The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans, by Stanley I. Greenspan, MD and Stuart Shanker, PhD.   [Buy BSP 1-10]
  7. **Stuart Shanker, PhD on bonobos: Explores what bonobos can teach us about communication.   [Buy BSP 1-10]
  8. How Neurons Communicate: A fairly detailed introduction to brain chemistry.   [Buy BSP 1-10]
  9. The Future of the Brain: A discussion of the book by Steven Rose.  [Buy BSP 1-10]
  10. Neuroplasticity: Exciting discovery that the brain continues to grow and change, based on Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves, by Sharon Begley.   [Buy BSP 1-10]
  11. Emotion: A discussion of Emotion: The Science of Sentiment, by Dylan Evans.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  12. Memory: A discussion of Memory: From Mind to Molecules, by Larry R. Squire, PhD and Eric R. Kandel, MD. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  13. Unconscious Decisions: A look at decision-making.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  14. Our First Six Months: A brief review of the first six months. [Buy mp3]
  15. **Read Montague, PhD: Author of Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  16. The Pre-Frontal Lobes: A discussion of The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind, by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  17. The Wisdom of the Aging Brain: A discussion of The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older, by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  18. **Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD on aging and the brain: how our brain changes as we age, and what we can do about it.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  19. Gut Feelings: A discussion of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, by Gerd Gigerenzer.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  20. **Louann Brizendine, MD: Author of The Female Brain.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  21. Body Maps: A discussion of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee.    [Buy mp3 for $1]
  22. **Christof Koch, PhD on Consciousness: Author of The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  23. **Sandra Blakeslee (Follow-up of BSP 21): We discuss plasticity and body maps.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  24. Reading and the Brain: A discussion of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, by Maryanne Wolf. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  25.  **Rolf Pfeifer, PhD on embodied intelligence. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  26. **Norman Doidge, MD, on Neuroplasticity: Author of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  27. Year-end review of Season 1[Buy mp3]
  28. **Edward Taub, PhD: Talks about his revolutionary approach to stroke rehabilitation.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  29. **Maryanne Wolf, PhD talks about her book,Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  30. The Evolution of Language: A discussion of The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, by Christine Kenneally.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  31. **Brain Rhythms with György Buzsáki: A discussion of his book, Rhythms of the Brain.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  32. A brief Introduction to Brain Anatomy: Based on Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain, by David Bainbridge. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  33. **John J Ratey, MD: Explains why exercise is essential to brain health.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  34. **Rachel Herz, PhD: Discusses her book,The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  35. Mirror Neurons: A discussion of Mirrors in the Brain: How Our Minds Share Actions, Emotions, and Experience, by Giacomo Rizzolatti, MD and Corrado Sinigaglia, PhD.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  36. **Arthur Glenberg, PhD: Explores the role of embodied cognition in language and reading. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  37. **John Medina, PhD: Discusses his book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  38. ** Jeff Hawkins: Author of On Intelligence, discusses his theory of how the cortex works. [Buy mp3]
  39. **Michael Arbib, PhD: Discusses the role of mirror neurons in imitation and language.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  40. Semi-annual Review Episode.   [Buy mp3]
  41. **Interview with Linguist, Alice Gaby: On the relationship between neuroscience and linguistics. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  42. Discussion of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not, by Robert Burton, MD.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  43. **Part 2 of On Being Certain: Interview with Robert Burton, MD. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  44. **Interview with Daniel Siegel, MD: About meditation and the brain.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  45. **John Ratey, MD: Talks about ADHD.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  46. **Live from Dragon*Con 2008: Shella Keilholz, PhD and Jason Schneiderman, PhD discuss brain imaging.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  47. Discussion of Principles of Brain Evolution: by Georg F. Striedter.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  48. **Gary Lynch, PhD: Discusses his book Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  49. **Interview with Dr. Brenda Milner,  pioneering neuroscientist. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  50. Neuroscience 2008: Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  51. **Interview with Seth Grant, PhD: A discussion about how proteomics reveals synapse evolution.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  52. Year 2 Review: A look back at Year 2 of the Brain Science Podcast. [Buy mp3]
  53. Free will?: A discussion of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will, by Nancey Murphy and Warren S. Brown.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  54. **Michael Merzenich, PhD: Pioneering neuroscientist talks about neuroplasticity.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  55. **Patricia Churchland, PhD: An interview about neurophilosophy. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  56. **Eve Marder, PhD: From the Society of Neuroscience.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  57. **Chris Frith, PhD: Author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  58. **Alva Noë, PhD: Author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  59. **Guy Caldwell, PhD, from the University of Alabama: Discusses the use of the tiny worm, C elegans, for studying movement disorders.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  60. **Stuart Brown, MD (National Institute for Play): Author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  61. **Allan Jones, PhD (The Allen Institute for Brain Research): On mapping the mouse brain and the human cortex.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  62. **Warren Brown, PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary): Co-author of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? (also discussed in Episode 53).   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  63. **David Bainbridge, PhD: Talks about his latest book, Teenagers: A Natural History.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  64. Third Annual Review Episode.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  65. **Jaak Panksepp, PhD: Author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  66. **Randy Gallistel, PhD: Co-author of Memory and the Computational Brain: Why Cognitive Science Will Transform Neuroscience.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  67. **Thomas Metzinger, PhD: Author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  68. **Peter Whitehouse, MD: Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  69. **R. Douglas Fields, PhD: Author of The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  70. **Scott Lilienfeld, PhD: Co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  71. Our Fourth Annual Review Episode.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  72. **Interview with Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde: Authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  73. **Lawrence Shapiro, PhD: Author of Embodied Cognition.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  74. **Olaf Sporns, PhD: Author of Networks of the Brain.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  75. **David Eagleman, PhD: Author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  76. **Sian Beilock, PhD: Author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  77. **Fabrizio Benedetti, MD: Author of Placebo Effects, and The Patient's Brain.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  78. Discussion of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives, by Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  79. **Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD: Author of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  80. Fifth Annual Review Episode.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  81. **Patricia Churchland, PhD: Author of Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  82. How Mind Emerges from Brain: A Discussion of Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain, by Michael Gazzaniga, PhD.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  83. **Mind and Brain, with William Uttal, PhD, Author of Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience.   [Buy mp3 for $1]
  84. **Update on Consciousness Research with Christof Koch, PhD, Author of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist..  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  85. **Sebastian Seung Explores the Brain's WiringInterview with Sebastian Seung, PhD, author of Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  86. **Disgust, with Rachel Herz, PhD:  Interview with Rachel Herz, PhD, author of That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  87. **Brain Aging with Pamela Greenwood, PhD: Interview with Pamela Greenwood, PhD, co-author of Nurturing the Aging Brain and Mind.    [Buy mp3 for $1]
  88. **The Self Illusion with Bruce Hood, PhD:  Interview with Bruce Hood, PhD, author of The Self Illusion: How The Social Brain Creates Identity.   FREE: audio mp3.
  89. **†Mind in Life:  Interview with Evan Thompson, PhD, author of Mind in Life: Biology. Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind.    FREE: audio mp3.
  90. Self Comes to Mind:  Discussion of Self Comes to Mind, by Antonio Damasio, PhD. FREE: audio mp3.
  91. **The Origin of Emotions with Jaak Panksepp:  Interview with Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Author of The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion.  FREE: audio mp3.
  92. Sixth Annual Review: Neuroscience Highlights for 2012.  FREE: audio mp3.
  93. Pain (Part 1) with Dr. Fernando Cervero, author of Understanding Pain.   FREE: audio mp3.
  94. **How the Brain Makes Meaning: Interview with Benjamin Bergen, PhD, author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning. FREE: audio mp3.
  95. Understanding Pain; Part 2 of Discussion begun in Episode 93.  FREE: audio mp3.
  96. **A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: Interview with Dr. Robert Burton, author of A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves.  FREE: audio mp3. 
  97. **Neuroanthropology:  Interview with Dr. Daniel H. Lende and Dr. Greg Downey, authors of The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology.  FREE: audio mp3.
  98. The Autistic Brain:  Discussion of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, by Temple Grandin.  FREE: audio mp3.
  99. **Interview with Dr.Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.  FREE: audio mp3.
  100. **Brain Fitness with Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.  FREE: audio mp3.
  101. **Synapse Evolution with Seth Grant:  Interview with Dr. Seth Grant.  FREE: audio mp3.
  102.  **Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation: 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 .  FREE: audio mp3.
  103. **Connectome Update:  Interview with Dr. Olaf Sporns, Author of Discovering the Human Connectome.  FREE: audio mp3.
  104. Seventh Annual Review: 2013 Neuroscience Highlights.  
  105. **Brain Plasticity with Michael Merzenich: Interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich.  FREE: audio mp3.
  106. ** The Cognitive-Emotional Brain;  Interview with Dr. Luiz Pessoa, author of The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration.  FREE audio mp3.
  107. **Sleep Science with Penny Lewis: Interview with Dr. Penny Lewis, author of The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest.  FREE: audio mp3.
  108. **Consciousness as Social Perception:  Interview with Dr. Michael Graziano, author of Consciousness and the Social Brain.  FREE audio mp3.
  109. **Avoiding Neuromania: Discussion of the hazards of neuromania, based upon several books, including Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.  FREE audio mp3 
  110. **Neurobiology for Dummies: Interview with Dr. Frank Amthor, author of Neuroscience for Dummies and Neurobiology for Dummies.  FREE audio mp3

The most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Premium subscribers have unlimited access to all episodes and transcripts. 

Episode 1-10 can now be purchased for download as a single zip file. Other episodes may be purchased for $1 each.

 

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