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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.

 

  • Frank Amthor, MD: Author of Neurobiology for Dummies; and Neuroscience for Dummies; Episode 110.

  • Anderson, Michael, PhD: Author of After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain; Episode 124.

  • 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 on Books and Ideas #19.

  • David Bainbridge, PhD: Author of Teenagers: A Natural History; Episode 63.

  • Lisa Barrett, PhD: Author of How Emotions Are Made; Episode 135.

  • 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 122, Episode 127.

  • 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 Better; Episode 23.

  • Louann Brizendine MD: Author of The Female Brain; Episode 20.

  • Stuart Brown, MD: Author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul; Episode 60.

  • Warren Brown, PhD: Co-author of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will; Episode 62.

  • Dean Burnett, PhD: Author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why; Episode 149.

  • Robert A. Burton, MD: Author of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not; Episode 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 Brain; Episode 31.

  • Guy Caldwell, PhD: Discusses the use of C. Elegans and offers guidance to future scientists. Episode 59.

  • Anthony Chemero, PhD: Co-author of Phenomenology: An Introduction; Episode 123.

  • Patricia Churchland, PhD: Author of Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy; Episode 55. In Episode 81 Dr. Churchland returned to talk about her book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.

  • Andy Clark, PhD: Author of Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind; Episode 126.

  • Bud Craig, PhD: Author of How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self; Episode 121.

  • 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 Science; Episode 26; and The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroscience. Episode 116.

  • 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 Brain; Episode 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.

  • Angela Friederici, PhD: Author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. Episode 144.

  • Chris Frith, PhD: Author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World; Episode 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 Neuroscience; Episode 66.

  • Michael Gazzaniga, PhD: Author of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience; Episode 117.

  • 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 Paradox; Episode 18; Author of Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation; Episode 143.

  • 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, Episode 101, and Episode 137.

  • Michael Graziano, PhD: Author of Consciousness and the Social Brain; Episode 108; Episode 142.

  • Pamela Greenwood, PhD: Co-Author of Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind; Episode 87.

  • Jeff Hawkins: Author of On Intelligence; Episode 38; Episode 139.

  • Herculano-Houzel, Suzana: Author of The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable; Episode 133.

  • Rachel Herz, PhD: Author of The Scent of Desire: Discovering our Enigmatic Sense of Smell; Episode 34; and That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion; Episode 86.

  • Gregory Hickok, PhD: Author of The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition; Episode 112.

  • Bruce Hood, PhD: Author of SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable; Books and Ideas 34; The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity; Episode 88.

  • Alan Jasanoff, PhD: Author of The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are; Episode 146.

  • 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 Approach; Episode 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 Behavior; Episode 70.

  • Gary Lynch, PhD: Author of Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence; Episode 48.

  • Stephen Macknik, PhD: Co-author of Sleights of Mind; Episode 72.

  • Jon Mallatt: Evolutionary Biologist; Co-author of The Ancient Origins of Consciousness; Episode 128

  • Eve Marder, PhD: Pioneer researcher of neural circuits; Episode 148.

  • 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; author of Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Healthy, and Sharp; Episode 138.

  • 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 Self; Episode 67.

  • Brenda Milner, PhD: Pioneering neuroscientist; Episode 49; Episode 129.

  • 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 Consciousness, Episode 58.

  • Jaak Panksepp, PhD: Author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions; Episode 65; The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion, Episode 91; Remembering Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of affective neuroscience, Episode 134.

  • 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.

  • Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, PhD: Author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron." Episode 141.

  • John J Ratey, MD: Author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain; Episode 33 and Episode 111. 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, Episode 119, Episode 120.

  • Evan Thompson, PhD: Author of Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind ( Episode 89) and Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy (Episode 115).

  • William Uttal, PhD: Author of Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Episode 83.

  • Peter Whitehouse, MD: Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer’s; Episode 68.

  • Maryanne Wolf, PhD: Author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain; Episode 29; author of Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century; Episode 145.

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