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  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. [Buy mp3 for $1
  89. Mind in Life:  Interview with Evan Thompson, PhD, author of Mind in Life: Biology. Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind.    [Buy mp3 for $1]
  90. Self Comes to Mind:  Discussion of Self Comes to Mind, by Antonio Damasio, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]
  91. The Origin of Emotions with Jaak Panksepp:  Interview with Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Author of The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion.  [Buy mp3 for $1]
  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.
  111. Exercise Promotes Plasticity: Interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain.  FREE audio mp3.
  112. What Do Mirror Neurons Really Do?  Interview with Dr. Gregory Hickok, author of The Myth of Mirror Neurons:  The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition.  FREE audio mp3.
  113. Neuroplasticity and Healing:  Discussion of The Dalai Lama's visit to UAB for the scientific symposium on Neuroplasticity and Healing.  FREE audio mp3.
  114. Eighth Annual Review Episode: 2014 Neuroscience Highlights. FREE audio mp3.
  115. Eastern Philosophy and Western Neuroscience: Interview with Dr. Evan Thompson, author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy.  FREE audio mp3.
  116. Norman Doidge on Brain Plasticity: Interview with Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroscience.   
  117. Michael Gazzaniga, Father of Cognitive Neuroscience: Interview with Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, author of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.  FREE audio mp3.
  118. Brain Anatomy Revealed: A whirlwind tour of brain anatomy based on the book, Beyond the Zonules of Zinn, by David Bainbridge.  FREE audio mp3.
  119. Dr. Ed Taub Revolutionizes Stroke Rehab: The first half of an inteview with Dr. Edward Taub, creator of contraint-induced movement therapy.  FREE audio mp3.
  120. More on CI therapy with Dr. Ed Taub:  The second half of an interview with Dr. Edward Taub, creator of constraint-induced movement therapy.  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.