BSP launches Premium Subscription

Today I am launching the new Premium Subscription program for the Brain Science Podcast. This subscription will provide unlimited access to the entire library of Brain Podcast episodes and transcripts for only $5 per month. Individual episodes and transcripts are also available for sale here.

All new episodes of the Brain Science Podcast will continue to be FREE as will the most recent 25 episodes. This represents about two years of free content. I am hopeful that this combination of free and premium content will allow me to continue to produce the Brain Science Podcast for many years to come.

The first 500 people who sign up can get a 50% discount by using the coupon code:


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Mobile Apps are now free:

Both Free and Premium content are easily accessible via our free Mobile apps that are now Free for iOS and Android Devices. (The Windows 8 app currently supports only free content). Premium content will also be accessible via any web browser.

I expect we will have a few growing pains over the next few days, but please send me feedback at

"Are You Sure?" Hits Kindle today!

I have just published my first eBook: Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty.  It is available for the Kindle now, and will be out for iBooks and Nook shortly.  This is based on two of my favorite episodes of the Brain Science Podcast.

A free PDF version is available to anyone who sends me a copy of their Amazon receipt.

This is Volume 1 of a new series called Brain Talk: Conversations with Neuroscientists, which I hope will bring the content of the Brain Science Podcast to a broader audience.

I have also started a newsletter for people who only want news about my writing, but who don't want to get podcast announcements.

Brain Science Podcast Turns Five Years Old (BSP 80)


Original Logo from 2006

I launched the Brain Science Podcast in December 2006, so to celebrate I am posting my Fifth Annual Review Episode (BSP 80).  This podcast includes a review of the highlights from this year's episodes along with my reflections on what we have learned about brain health over the last few years.  I also take a look ahead to 2012 when I hope to continue to produce a Brain Science Podcast every month.

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.

This Year's Episodes:

  • BSP 72:  Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions.
  • Extra: Books and Ideas  with Dr. Paul Offit, author of Deadly Choices: How The Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.
  • BSP 73: Lawrence Shapiro, author of Embodied Cognition.
  • BSP 74: Olaf Sporns, author of Networks of the Brain.
  • BSP 75: David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.
  • BSP 76: Sian Beilock, author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.
  • BSP 77: Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects and The Patient's Brain
  • Extra: Books and Ideas with Carol Tavris, co-author of Mistakes were Made (But Not By Me).
  • BSP 78: Review of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives by Miguel Nicolelis.
  • BSP 79: Interview with Miguel Nicolelis.


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New BSP Group at Replaces Old Forum


I have started a new group at 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

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; 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

Announcement for UK Fans of the BSP

I have firmed up my plans for visiting London this spring, and I will be there May 10-14.  Because I have so many UK listeners I am hoping to me some of you in person during my stay.  Since I will need listener feedback to make that happen I just posted an announcement in the podcast feed. (Play announcement).

Please contact me at gincampbell at mac dot com if you:

  1. Are interested in meeting me in London
  2. Are interested in helping sponsor or organize a live BSP or social event
  3. Can't come but have advice about what to do in London.


Vote Now for the 2010 Podcast Awards

In my recent year-end review I forgot to mention that that the Brain Science Podcast has been nominated as the best Science Podcast in this year's People's Choice Podcast Awards.

The deadline for voting is December 15, 2010, but you are allowed to vote once a day until then.

Thank you for your support.

New! Brain Science Podcast Guest Book


I appreciate all the wonderful feedback that listeners send me via email and the reviews that you post in iTunes®.

To make it easier to share your thoughts with other potential listeners, I have added a new Guest Book to this site.  Please tell others why you like the show and share stories about how it has impacted your life.

Thanks again for your support.


Go to the Guest Book now.

Welcome to the New BSP Website

The migrating of the Brain Science Podcast website to is almost complete.

Please update your book mark to point to Thanks to the custom domain mapping available from Squarespace all links to show notes, etc. now start with not

However, because all the show notes were imported from the old site ( it is going to take a while to fix all the links. If you find a bad link please let me know.

BSP Summer Announcements

Last month I announced that the next new episode of the Brain Science Podcast will be posted in the second week of September 2010. Today I am posting a brief update in the feed.

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Show notes:

Some Advice for new listeners: The summer break gives new listeners an excellent chance to listen to past episodes of the Brain Science Podcast, but now that there are 69 episodes available, a little guidance might be helpful.  If you are new to neuroscience, I suggest that you listen to episodes 1-27 in order.  That will give you a solid foundation for enjoying more recent episodes.  Naturally, I hope you will listen to them all, but the order is not critical.  There are a few exceptions, but I think these are clearly labeled.

This week's podcast also includes a little about how the Brain Science Podcast has evolved since it started back in December 2006. At the end of the announcements I describe the features of updated Brain Science Podcast application for iPhone /iPod Touch.


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    Send me feedback at gincampbell at mac dot com or leave voice mail at 205-202-0663.

Premium Version of Interview with Thomas Metzinger

The next episode of the Brain Science Podcast (BSP 67) is an interview with German philosopher Thomas Metzinger, author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. The free podcast version will be released  on March 10, but the premium version is available now.

Click here to learn more about premium podcasts.

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New iPhone App is Aimed at Brain Science Podcast Listeners

The new Brain Science Podcast application is now available in the iTunes Store. You will need an iPhone or an iPod Touch to use the application but it does offer several useful features:

  • Listen to any episode without downloading it via iTunes*
  • Read episode trancripts right on your iPhone or Touch
  • One click links to the website, email, and the new phone-in line at 206-984-0358.
  • Background play*

*Note: Streaming audio works best with a WiFi connection.


Transcripts Are Now Available for ALL Episodes of BSP

I am happy to announce that thanks to the combined efforts of Diane Jacobs, Jenine John and Lori Wolfson transcripts are now available for Episodes 1-58 of the Brain Science Podcast.  Click here to find your favorite episode.

Thanks to the rapid turn around by Lori Wolfson, future episodes should appear in the show notes as new episodes are posted.  Lori is also working to transcribe past and future episodes of Books and Ideas.

Listener donations help make these transcripts possible.

The next project will be to make it easier for you to find older episodes. I hope to get to work on that after I get back from Alaska on June 20, 2009.

Are You Having Problems Subscribing?

Recently some listeners have had problems subscribing with other podcatchers (besides Zune™ and iTunes™). This problem appears to be related to the recent takeover of Feedburner™ by Google™.

For now the simplest solution appears to be to by-pass Feedburner (which you get automatically if you choose the RSS icon on this website) and subscribe directly with the feed coming from the site that hosts my audio files.

To do this just plug the address below into your podcatcher or RSS reader:

More Episode Transcripts Are Now Available

Thanks to Lori Wolfson, Jenine John, and Diane Jacobs we are gradually increasing our library of Brain Science Podcast tanscripts.  The transcripts are available as PDF downloads.


If you don't see the episode you want please let me know. I hope to have all back episodes transcribed by the end of 2009, but I am giving priority to episodes that are requested by listeners.