Guest Interviews

The Brain Science Podcast provides a unique opportunity for scientists and writers to discuss their work and ideas in depth. Here is a list of the guests who have been interviewed. This list is updated once a month. Check the Show Notes for more recent guests.


  • Michael Arbib, PhD: The role of mirror neurons in imitation and language; Episode 39.
  • Dan Ariely, Phd: Author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, was a guest onBooks and Ideas #19.
  • David Bainbridge, PhD: Author of Teenagers: A Natural History; Episode 63.
  • Sian Beilock, PhD: Author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To; Episode 76.
  • Fabrizio Benedetti, MD: Author of Placebo Effects and The Patient's Brain; Episode 77.
  • Benjamin Bergen, PhD: Author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning;  Episode 94
  • Sandra Blakeslee: Co-author of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything BetterEpisode 23.
  • Louann Brizendine MD: Author of The Female BrainEpisode 20.
  • Stuart Brown, MD: Author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the SoulEpisode 60.
  • Warren Brown, PhD: Co-author of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free WillEpisode 62.
  • Robert A. Burton, MD: Author of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re NotEpisode 43: Author of A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves ; Episode 96 
  • György Buzsáki, PhD: Author of Rhythms of the BrainEpisode 31.
  • Guy Caldwell, PhD: Discusses the use of C. Elegans and offers guidance to future scientists. Episode 59.
  • Patricia Churchland, PhD: Author of Brain-Wise: Studies in NeurophilosophyEpisode 55.  In Episode 81 Dr. Churchland returned to talk about her book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.
  • Terrence Deacon, PhD: Author of Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter; Books & Ideas Episode 47.
  • Norman Doidge, MD: Author of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain ScienceEpisode 26.
  • Greg Downey, PhD: Author of The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology.  Episode 97
  • David Eagleman, PhD: Author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain; Episode 75.
  • Alvaro Fernandez, MA:  Co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age;  Episode 100
  • R. Douglas Fields, PhD: Author of The Other BrainEpisode 69.
  • Allen Frances, M.D.: Author of Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life.  Episode 102.
  • Chris Frith, PhD: Author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental WorldEpisode 57.
  • Alice Gaby, PhD: Linguistics and its role in neuroscience; Episode 41.
  • CR Gallistel, PhD: Co-author of Memory and the Computational Brain: Why Cognitive Science will Transform NeuroscienceEpisode 66.
  • Daniel George: Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis: Books and Ideas 36.
  • Arthur Glenberg, PhD: Embodied cognition; Episode 36.
  • Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD: Author of The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind, and, The Wisdom ParadoxEpisode 18.
  • Temple Grandin, PhD: Author of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum;  Episode 99
  • Seth Grant, PhD: Proteomics and the Evolution of the Synapse; Episode 51, and Episode 101.
  • Michael Graziano, PhD: Author of Consciousness and the Social Brain;  Episode 108.
  • Pamela Greenwood, PhD:  Co-Author of Nurturing the Older Brain and MindEpisode 87.
  • Jeff Hawkins: Author of On Intelligence; Episode 38.
  • Rachel Herz, PhD: Author of The Scent of Desire: Discovering our Enigmatic Sense of SmellEpisode 34; and That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of RepulsionEpisode 86.
  • Bruce Hood, PhD: Author of SuperSense: Why We Believe in the UnbelievableBooks and Ideas 34; The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates IdentityEpisode 88.
  • Allan Jones, PhD: Talked about the brain mapping projects at The Allen Institute for Brain Research; Episode 61.
  • Shella Keilholz, PhD: Talked about brain imaging in Episode 46. (Recorded live at Dragon*Con 2008)
  • Christof Koch, PhD: Author of The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological ApproachEpisode 22.  In Episode 84 Dr. Koch returned to talk about his book, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist.
  • Daniel H. Lende, PhD: Author of The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology.  Episode 97
  • Penelope Lewis, PhD:  Author of The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest;  Episode 107.
  • Scott Lilienfeld, PhD: Co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human BehaviorEpisode 70.
  • Gary Lynch, PhD: Author of Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human IntelligenceEpisode 48.
  • Stephen Macknik, PhD: Co-author of Sleights of MindEpisode 72.
  • Eve Marder, PhD: Pioneer researcher of neural circuits; Episode 56.
  • Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD: Co-author of Sleights of Mind; Episode 72.
  • John Medina, PhD: Author of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School; Episode 37.
  • Michael Merzenich, PhD: Pioneered the study of brain plasticity; Episode 54.  Episode 105.
  • Thomas Metzinger, PhD: Author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the SelfEpisode 67.
  • Brenda Milner, PhD: Pioneering neuroscientist; Episode 49.
  • Read Montague, PhD: Author of Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions; Episode 15.
  • Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD: Author of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives, Episode 79.
  • Alva Noë, PhD: Author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of ConsciousnessEpisode 58.
  • Jaak Panksepp, PhD: Author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal EmotionsEpisode 65The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion; Episode 91.
  • Luiz Pessoa, PhD:  Author of The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration;  Episode 106.
  • Rolf Pfiefer, PhD: Author of How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence; Episode 25.
  • John J Ratey, MD: Author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the BrainEpisode 33.  In Episode 45 Dr. Ratey returned to talk about ADD.
  • Jason Schneiderman, PhD: Talks about brain imaging; Episode 46.
  • Sebastian Seung, PhD: Author of Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are; Episode 85.
  • Stuart Shanker, PhD: How the study of communication among bonobos provides clues about the role of emotional signaling in the evolution of language; Episode 7.
  • Lawrence Shapiro, PhD: Author of Embodied Cognition; Episode 73.
  • Daniel J Siegel, MD: Meditation and the Brain; Episode 44.
  • Olaf Sporns, PhD: Author of Networks of the Brain; Episode 74,  and Discovering the Human Connectome,  Episode 103.
  • Edward Taub, PhD: Revolutionary approach to stroke rehabilitation; Episode 28.
  • Evan Thompson, PhD: Author of Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind; Episode 89.
  • William Uttal, PhD: Author of Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive NeuroscienceEpisode 83.
  • Peter Whitehouse, MD: Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer’sEpisode 68.
  • Maryanne Wolf, PhD: Author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading BrainEpisode 29.

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