Past Episodes

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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.  (Listen or download mp3)
  2. On IntelligenceA discussion of On Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins.  (Listen or download mp3)
  3. In Search of Memory: Nobel laureate Eric Kandel's excellent introduction to neuroscience.  (Listen or download mp3)
  4. Nature Versus Nurture: A discussion of The Great Brain Debate: Nature Or Nurture?  by John E. Dowling.  (Listen or download mp3)
  5. Consciousness: A very brief introduction to philosophy of mind.  (Listen or download mp3)
  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.  (Listen or download mp3)
  7. **Stuart Shanker, PhD on bonobos: Explores what bonobos can teach us about communication.  (Listen or download mp3)
  8. How Neurons Communicate: A fairly detailed introduction to brain chemistry.  (Listen or download mp3)
  9. The Future of the Brain: A discussion of the book by Steven Rose.  (Listen or download mp3)
  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.  (Listen or download mp3)
  11. EmotionA discussion of Emotion: The Science of Sentiment, by Dylan Evans.  (Listen or download mp3)
  12. Memory: A discussion of Memory: From Mind to Molecules, by Larry R. Squire, PhD and Eric R. Kandel, MD.  (Listen or download mp3)
  13. Unconscious Decisions: A look at decision-making.  (Listen or download mp3)
  14. Our First Six Months: A brief review of the first six months.   (Listen or download mp3)
  15. **Read Montague, PhD: Author of Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions.   (Listen or download mp3)
  16. The Pre-Frontal Lobes: A discussion of The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind, by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD.   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  18. **Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD on aging and the brain: how our brain changes as we age, and what we can do about it.   (Listen or download mp3)
  19. Gut Feelings: A discussion of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, by Gerd Gigerenzer.   (Listen or download mp3)
  20. **Louann Brizendine, MD: Author of The Female Brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  22. **Christof Koch, PhD on Consciousness: Author of The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach.   (Listen or download mp3)
  23. **Sandra Blakeslee (Follow-up of BSP 21): We discuss plasticity and body maps.   (Listen or download mp3)
  24. Reading and the Brain: A discussion of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, by Maryanne Wolf.   (Listen or download mp3)
  25. **Rolf Pfeifer, PhD on embodied intelligence.   (Listen or download mp3)
  26. **Norman Doidge, MD, on Neuroplasticity: Author of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.   (Listen or download mp3)
  27. Year-end review of Season 1.   (Listen or download mp3)
  28. **Edward Taub, PhD: Talks about his revolutionary approach to stroke rehabilitation.   (Listen or download mp3)
  29. **Maryanne Wolf, PhD talks about her book,Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  30. The Evolution of Language: A discussion of The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, by Christine Kenneally.   (Listen or download mp3)
  31. **Brain Rhythms with György Buzsáki: A discussion of his book, Rhythms of the Brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  32. A brief Introduction to Brain Anatomy: Based on Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain, by David Bainbridge.   (Listen or download mp3)
  33. **John J Ratey, MD: Explains why exercise is essential to brain health.   (Listen or download mp3)
  34. **Rachel Herz, PhD: Discusses her book,The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell.   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  36. **Arthur Glenberg, PhD: Explores the role of embodied cognition in language and reading.   (Listen or download mp3)
  37. **John Medina, PhD: Discusses his book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.   (Listen or download mp3)
  38. ** Jeff Hawkins: Author of On Intelligence, discusses his theory of how the cortex works.   (Listen or download mp3)
  39. **Michael Arbib, PhD: Discusses the role of mirror neurons in imitation and language.   (Listen or download mp3)
  40. Semi-annual Review Episode.   (Listen or download mp3)
  41. **Interview with Linguist, Alice Gaby: On the relationship between neuroscience and linguistics.   (Listen or download mp3)
  42. Discussion of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not, by Robert Burton, MD.   (Listen or download mp3)
  43. **Part 2 of On Being Certain: Interview with Robert Burton, MD.   (Listen or download mp3)
  44. **Interview with Daniel Siegel, MD: About meditation and the brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  45. **John Ratey, MD: Talks about ADHD.   (Listen or download mp3)
  46. **Live from Dragon*Con 2008: Shella Keilholz, PhD and Jason Schneiderman, PhD discuss brain imaging.   (Listen or download mp3)
  47. Discussion of Principles of Brain Evolution: by Georg F. Striedter.   (Listen or download mp3)
  48. **Gary Lynch, PhD: Discusses his book Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence.  (Listen or download mp3)
  49. **Interview with pioneering neuroscientist, Brenda Milner, PhD.   (Listen or Download mp3)
  50. Neuroscience 2008: Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.   (Listen or download mp3)
  51. **Interview with Seth Grant, PhD: A discussion about how proteomics reveals synapse evolution.   (Listen or download mp3)
  52. Year 2 Review: A look back at Year 2 of the Brain Science Podcast.   (Listen or download 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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  54. **Michael Merzenich, PhD: Pioneering neuroscientist talks about neuroplasticity.   (Listen or download mp3)
  55. **Patricia Churchland, PhD: An interview about neurophilosophy.   (Listen or download mp3)
  56. **Eve Marder, PhD: From the Society of Neuroscience.   (Listen or download mp3)
  57. **Chris Frith, PhD: Author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World.   (Listen or download mp3)
  58. **Alva Noë, PhD: Author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.   (Listen or download mp3)
  59. **Guy Caldwell, PhD, from the University of Alabama: Discusses the use of the tiny worm, C elegans, for studying movement disorders.   (Listen or download mp3)
  60. **Stuart Brown, MD (National Institute for Play): Author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.   (Listen or download mp3)
  61. **Allan Jones, PhD (The Allen Institute for Brain Research): On mapping the mouse brain and the human cortex.   (Listen or download mp3)
  62. **Warren Brown, PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary): Co-author of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? (also discussed in Episode 53).   (Listen or download mp3)
  63. **David Bainbridge, PhD: Talks about his latest book, Teenagers: A Natural History.   (Listen or download mp3)
  64. Third Annual Review Episode.   (Listen or download mp3)
  65. **Jaak Panksepp, PhD: Author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions.   (Listen or download mp3)
  66. **Randy Gallistel, PhD: Co-author of Memory and the Computational Brain: Why Cognitive Science Will Transform Neuroscience.   (Listen or download mp3)
  67. **Thomas Metzinger, PhD: Author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self.   (Listen or download mp3)
  68. **Peter Whitehouse, MD: Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis.   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  70. **Scott Lilienfeld, PhD: Co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior.   (Listen or download mp3)
  71. Our Fourth Annual Review Episode.   (Listen or download mp3)
  72. **Interview with Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde: Authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions.   (Listen or download mp3)
  73. **Lawrence Shapiro, PhD: Author of Embodied Cognition.   (Listen or download mp3)
  74. **Olaf Sporns, PhD: Author of Networks of the Brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  75. **David Eagleman, PhD: Author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  76. **Sian Beilock, PhD: Author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.   (Listen or download mp3)
  77. **Fabrizio Benedetti, MD: Author of Placebo Effects, and The Patient's Brain.   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  79. **Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD: Author of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines.   (Listen or download mp3)
  80. Fifth Annual Review Episode.   (Listen or download mp3)
  81. **Patricia Churchland, PhD: Author of Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  83. **Mind and Brain, with William Uttal, PhD, Author of Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience.   (Listen or download mp3)
  84. **Update on Consciousness Research with Christof Koch, PhD, Author of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist..   (Listen or download mp3)
  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.    (Listen or download mp3)
  86. **Disgust, with Rachel Herz, PhD:  Interview with Rachel Herz, PhD, author of That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion.    (Listen or download mp3)
  87. **Brain Aging with Pamela Greenwood, PhDInterview with Pamela Greenwood, PhD, co-author of Nurturing the Aging Brain and Mind.    (Listen or download mp3)
  88. **The Self Illusion with Bruce Hood, PhD:  Interview with Bruce Hood, PhD, author of The Self Illusion: How The Social Brain Creates Identity.   (Listen or download mp3)
  89. **†Mind in Life:  Interview with Evan Thompson, PhD, author of Mind in Life: Biology. Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind.    (Listen or download mp3)
  90. Self Comes to Mind:  Discussion of Self Comes to Mind, by Antonio Damasio, PhD.   (Listen or download 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.   (Listen or download mp3)
  92. Sixth Annual Review: Neuroscience Highlights for 2012.  (Listen or download mp3)
  93. Pain (Part 1) with Dr. Fernando Cervero, author of Understanding Pain.  (Listen or download 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. (Listen or download mp3)
  95. Understanding Pain; Part 2 of Discussion begun in Episode 93.  (Listen or download mp3)

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