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his blog contains detailed show notes for the Brain Science Podcast, including links to free episode transcripts.

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Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg (BS 143)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +0000

BS 143 is an interview with Elkhonon Goldberg, author of Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation. Dr. Goldberg's earlier books were featured during our first year, and he was last interviewed way back in 2007 for BSP 18.

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Michael Graziano explains Peripersonal Neurons (BS 142)

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:52:24 +0000

BS 142 features the return of Dr. Michael Graziano, who first appeared on Brain Science in BSP 108. In this episode we talk about his new book, The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature. This is an exploration of peripersonal neurons. We explore not just how they were discovered, but why they are so important in our daily lives, affecting everything from tool use to getting along with others.

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Rodrigo Quian Quiroga: Memory and Perception (BS 141)

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000

BS 141 is an interview with Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron."

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Brain Science Review of 2017 (BS 140)

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 23:05:42 +0000

BS 140 is our Eleventh Annual Review episode. We look back at the highlights from 2017 and also share a few ideas from this years annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Thank you for your support.

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Jeff Hawkins Explores a New Theory of Cortical Function (BS 139)

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Jeff Hawkins, author of the bestseller On Intelligence tells us about his latest research into how the neocortex produces intelligence. He proposes an exciting new model that could change the way we imagine cortical function.

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John Medina on Aging Well (BS 138)

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:57:01 +0000

Dr. John Medina has spent his career in bio-engineering, but he also has a deep interest in how the brain works. In his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp, he presents our knowledge brain aging in an engaging manner that can be enjoyed by readers of all backgrounds.In this month's episode of Brain Science (BS 138) we discuss some of the most important principles for nourishing brains as we age. He describes what he calls the "dopamine lollipop," which is the surge of dopamine created by activities such as teaching and physical activities like dancing. Some of his ideas reinforce what we have discussed in previous episodes, but there are new ideas that are relevant to listeners of all ages. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Episode Transcript [Buy for $2]Premium Subscribers  have unlimited access to ALL old episodes and transcripts, as well as extra content for selected episodes.  BS 138 Premium Transcript (for subscribers)New episodes of Brain Science  are ALWAYS FREE.  The most recent 50 episodes are also free.  See the individual show notes for links to the audio files. [...]

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Seth Grant's latest Research (BS 137)

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000

In BS 137 neuroscientist Seth Grant introduces the "genetic lifespan calendar." He describes a new paper that describes how the genome determines the brain's complexity in "both time and space." This is the first paper to describe evidence that gene expression in the brain follows a predictable schedule that might offer new understanding of diseases like schizophrenia.

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Why Reading Science Matters (BS 136)

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:28:40 +0000

Brain Science 136 is a discussion of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg. We explore some recent discoveries from reading science and ponder why there is such a large gap between these scientific discoveries and current educational practices in the US. 

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Lisa Barrett on How Emotions are Made (BS 135)

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:06:17 +0000

BS 135 is an interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. We explore the evidence AGAINST the classical assumption that emotions are universal and hard-wired, but we also discuss a fascinating new Theory of Constructed Emotion, which is very consistent with current neuroscience.

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Remembering Jaak Panksepp (BS 134)

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:08:26 +0000

In Brain Science 134 we remember Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience. A completely new episode will be out near the end of July.

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Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel (BS 133)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:13:22 +0000

This is an interview with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel, the scientist who discovered that the human brain has an average of 86 billion neurons, which is significantly less than the 100 billion that was long assumed. She has also written a wonderful book called The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable.

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Honoring William Uttal's Contributions to Cognitive Neuroscience (BS 132)

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 02:04:35 +0000

William Uttal 1931-2017 (click to play) Dr. William Uttal, who died last month at the age of 86, had a very unusual career, going from physics and engineering to psychology and cognitive science. I think his unique background contributed to the refreshing skepticism that he brought to the growing use of imaging (especially fMRI) in the cognitive sciences.He was a prolific writer on the subject and back in 2012 I had the honor of talking with him about his book Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition to shedding light on the limitations of imaging (such as poor reproducibility), Dr. Uttal also argued that it was premature to abandon other psychological testing methods.This month I am replaying that 2012 interview. Brain Science 132 includes a new introduction and closing remarks.  While Dr. Uttal's writing was aimed at a technical audience I think it is important for listeners of all backgrounds to be aware of these issues because they remain as relevant as ever. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Episode Transcript [Buy for $2]Premium Subscribers  have unlimited access to ALL old episodes and transcripts.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 to the audio files. [...]

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What is Mind? (BS 131)

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:59:17 +0000

In part 2 or our 10 Anniversary Retrospective we consider the question What is Mind? I reflect back on books and guests who have appeared in the last 5 years, and consider how my take on this question has evolved over the 10 years I have been creating  Brain Science (formerly called the Brain Science Podcast.) Listener feedback is also included.

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Ten Year Anniversary Show, Part 1 - The Early Years

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:20:12 +0000

In this very special episode, we begin a two part celebration of the 10 year anniversary for Brain Science. The podcast began in December 2006, which makes it one of the longest running shows since the first podcasts were launched in 2004.Ten years is a lot of ground to cover, so for this episode we are only focusing on the early years from 2006 to 2011. Learn why the podcast began and get a peek into the format changes the show has had over the years. This episode contains something that you rarely see in the show - listener feedback! You'll get to hear what listeners think about the show, how they use the show to help them with their work, and you'll even get to hear from a critic! So many of you have reached out over the years, and although there isn't room for all our feedback in this episode, please know that each and every email that has been received is appreciated!In today's episode Dr. Campbell discusses:how the brain makes us human is an endlessly fascinating topicfavorite shows from the first 5 years of Brain ScienceBSP 47 provides the best summary of what we know about brain evolutionfavorite guests from the first 5 years some of the decisions about the podcast frequency and the reasons beind themthe book review that got the show startedthe best way to access past episodes of the showshows mentioned are tagged with the term Embodied Cognition, so search for them that way  In this show, we mentioned the best ways to listen to episodes from our first 5 years. Our episode archive is available to Premium subscribers for only $5/month.  The best way to access these episodes is via the FREE Brain Science mobile app, which is available for iOS, Android, and Windows phone.Sign up for our free newsletterYou can also support the show via Patreon. [...]

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BSP 130 Ten Year Anniversary, Part 1 - The Early Years

Brain Science 10th Anniversary Preview

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:51:24 +0000


Original 2006 Logo

The first episode of the Brain Science Podcast (now Brain Science) was released on December 5, 2006. I am preparing a very special 10th Anniversary episode and I have just posted a brief audio asking for listener feedback.

You can contribute either email or audio feedback.

My pick for November is Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M. by Suzanne Corkin.

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Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory - Dr. Brenda Milner (BS 129)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 01:52:41 +0000

BS 129 features pioneering neuroscientist Brenda Milner. Dr. Milner is best known for work work on memory including key discoveries she made while working with the famous patient HM. She also made important discoveries about the differences between the brain's hemispheres by studying the so-called "split brain" patients. This interview was recorded in 2008 when Dr. Milner was 90, but I am glad to report that she is still going strong at age 98.

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Primary Consciousness and Experience with Jon Mallatt (BSP 128)

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:12:34 +0000

In BSP 128 we talk with Jon Mallatt co-author of The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience. We consider the evidence that primary sensory consciousness is much older and more widespread than is commonly believed.

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Brain Science returns on September 1

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:11:56 +0000

This is a brief 10 minute audio that provides information about Brain Science (formerly the Brain Science Podcast). It includes a brief introduction to the show, some tips about the website and how to support Dr. Campbell's work.

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Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti (BSP 127)

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 23:11:47 +0000

BSP 127 marks the return of placebo researcher Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease. We talk about some of Dr. Benedetti's most recent research into placebo effects in pain relief and in high altitude headaches. We also talk about some of the ethical issues about using placebos.

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Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind (BSP 126)

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:18:21 +0000

BSP 126 is an interview with Andy Clark about his latest book Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind.

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