Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone
Brain Science is hosted by Ginger Campbell, MD. It explores how recent discoveries in neuroscience are unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.
info_outline BS 162 "Rethinking Consciousness" with Michael Graziano 10/25/2019
BS 162 "Rethinking Consciousness" with Michael Graziano This episode is an interview with Dr. Michael Graziano, author of Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience. We discuss how his Attention Schema Theory compliments several current theories and how it answers the question of how the brain generates subjective experience ("qualia").
info_outline BS 161 Joseph Ledoux 09/27/2019
BS 161 Joseph Ledoux Respected neuroscientist Dr. Joseph Ledoux's new book is The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains. In this episode we discuss Dr. Ledoux's ideas about the relationship between emotion and consciousness. His conclusions are controversial, but thought provoking.
info_outline BS 160 Neuroscience of Consciousness 08/23/2019
BS 160 Neuroscience of Consciousness This month's episode is the beginning a four part series about the Neuroscience of Consciousness. This month I am discussing and comparing the ideas from several recent books on the subject in preparation for several upcoming interviews on the subject. Many people consider consciousness to be the biggest mystery of all, but in this episode we explore how progress has been made in unraveling the ultimate "mystery of how our brain makes us human."
info_outline BS 159 Kevin Mitchell, author of "Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are" 07/26/2019
BS 159 Kevin Mitchell, author of "Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are" This is an interview with Dr. Kevin Mitchell, author of "Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are." The key idea of this book is that much of much of our behavior is innate but this is only partly due to genetics. Events during brain development are equally important.
info_outline BS 158 Philosopher Patricia Churchland discusses "Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition" 06/28/2019
BS 158 Philosopher Patricia Churchland discusses "Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition" This month marks the return of popular Brain Science guest Dr. Patricia Churchland (BS 55 and BS 81). We talk about her new book, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition. This book is a great combination of up to date neuroscience and critical thinking. It is recommended for listeners of all backgrounds.
info_outline BS 157 Donald MacKay, author of "Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works" 05/24/2019
BS 157 Donald MacKay, author of "Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works" This episode of Brain Science features Dr. Donald MacKay, author of Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works. H.M. may have been the most studied patient in history, but Mackay's work uncovers some surprising discoveries about the role of the hippocampus in language, as well as important implications for the aging brain.
info_outline BS 156 Russell Poldrack talks about Brain Imaging (fMRI) 04/26/2019
BS 156 Russell Poldrack talks about Brain Imaging (fMRI) This is an interview with Stanford psychologist, Dr Russell A. Poldrack, author of "The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts." We discuss a brief history of the use of fMRI brain imaging with an emphasis on how to avoid the mistakes that plagued the field early on. Listeners will come away with an appreciation of both the promise and limitations of brain imaging, including an understanding of why it is NOT ready for use as a lie detector.
info_outline BS 155 Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience with Paul Middlebrooks 03/22/2019
BS 155 Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience with Paul Middlebrooks In this episode I talk with fellow podcaster and neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks about the intersection between neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
info_outline BS 154 Alan Castel explores the psychology of successful aging 02/22/2019
BS 154 Alan Castel explores the psychology of successful aging This is an interview with Dr. Alan Castel, author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. In the past we have discussed how our brain changes as we age, but it turns out successful aging requires more than "good genes." Our attitudes and our behaviors have a huge impact. More importantly, it is never too early to begin preparing for successful aging.
info_outline BS 153 "Understanding the Brain" with John Dowling 01/25/2019
BS 153 "Understanding the Brain" with John Dowling This is an interview with neuroscientist John E Dowling. We discuss his latest books: "Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition" and "Vision: How It Works and What Can Go Wrong." It is a good episode for listeners who are new to neuroscience.
info_outline BS 152 Twelfth Annual Review Episode 12/28/2018
BS 152 Twelfth Annual Review Episode This is our 12th annual review episode. In 2018 nine new books were featured and the subjects covered included memory, peri-personal cells, creativity, language, reading, the cerebral mystique, synapses, happiness, emotion and work of Eve Marder. We had 4 new guests and 4 returning guests along with an encore interview with Dr. Eve Marder. We review the highlights of this year's episodes.
info_outline BS 151 Neuroscience of Emotion 11/21/2018
BS 151 Neuroscience of Emotion This is a discussion of "The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis" by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. We talk about key ideas from the book and relate them to several previous episodes about emotion including interviews with Jaak Panksepp, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Luis Pessoa.
info_outline BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome 10/25/2018
BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome This is my 4th interview with Dr. Seth Grant, the molecular biologist who has discovered surprising things about the evolution of the synapse, including the fact that vertebrates have much more complex synapses than invertebrates.Now his team has developed a method for mapping the synapses across the entire mouse brain. This synaptome reveals surprising diversity depending on which part of the brain is examined. We discuss the implications of this discovery and a new theory of how memory works.
info_outline BS 148 Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder 08/24/2018
BS 148 Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder This is the interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Eve Marder, which I originally recorded back in 2009. I am reposting it now as a follow-up to last month's review of Charlotte Nassim's excellent biography "Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience. " A highlight of this interview is Dr. Marder's insights into what it was like to be part of the first large cohort of women entering science back in the sixties and seventies.
info_outline BS 147: Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience 07/27/2018
BS 147: Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience This is a discussion of the new biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience by Charlotte Nassim. This is an intellectual biography of one of neuroscientists least know pioneers. Dr. Marder was interviewed on this podcast back in 2009 (now free).
info_outline BS 146 Alan Jasanoff on The Biological Mind 06/21/2018
BS 146 Alan Jasanoff on The Biological Mind Dr. Alan Jasanoff works as a neuroscientist at MIT. We discuss his book "The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are." Learn more at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.
info_outline BS 144 Language in the Brain with Angela Friederici 04/27/2018
BS 144 Language in the Brain with Angela Friederici This is an interview with Dr. Angela Friederici, author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. Her book is an extensive review of decades of research, but this interview provides an accessible introduction to listeners of all backgrounds.
info_outline BS 143 Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg 03/23/2018
BS 143 Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg This is an interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of "Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation." We explore the roles of both the pre-frontal lobes and the right cerebral hemisphere, and we consider how the rapid rate of change may actually be decreasing the incidence of dementia by forcing older people to learn new skills rather than getting stuck in the rut of years of "auto-pilot."
info_outline BS 142 Michael Graziano explores Peripersonal Neurons 02/23/2018
BS 142 Michael Graziano explores Peripersonal Neurons This is an interview with neuroscientist Michael Graziano about his latest book "The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature." We explore the discovery of peripersonal neurons and discover how deeply they are imbedded in our daily lives.
info_outline BS 141 Rodrigo Quian Quiroga on Memory and Perception 01/25/2018
BS 141 Rodrigo Quian Quiroga on Memory and Perception This is an iinterview with Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron." We explore how our brains construct both perception and memory, with an emphasis on meaning over exact detail. We also explore why this is important and how it makes humans very different from artificial intelligence.
info_outline BS 140 Brain Science Review of 2017 12/22/2017
BS 140 Brain Science Review of 2017 Host Dr. Ginger Campbell looks back on 2017, which included interviews with Susana Herculano-Houzel, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Seth Grant, John Medina, and Jeff Hawkins. We also replayed interview from the late Jaak Panksepp and William Uttal.
info_outline BS 139 Jeff Hawkins from Numenta 11/27/2017
BS 139 Jeff Hawkins from Numenta Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence and founder of Numenta gives listeners an update on his team's research into how the neocortex produces intelligence. He discusses an exciting new theory of why the cortex consists of columns and how these columns work. No previous knowledge of neuroscience is needed to enjoy this interview.
info_outline BS 138 John Medina: Brain Rules for Aging Well 10/23/2017
BS 138 John Medina: Brain Rules for Aging Well Dr. John Medina returns to discuss his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. This is a lively discussion full of useful information for listeners of all ages.
info_outline BS 137 Seth Grant: "Genetic Lifespan Calendar" 09/25/2017
BS 137 Seth Grant: "Genetic Lifespan Calendar" Seth Grant describes his surprising new discovery that brain complexity is controlled by a "genetic lifespan calendar" that determines the timing of brain changes through out the lifespan. We also explore the exciting implications of this discovery.
info_outline BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made 07/31/2017
BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made Lisa Feldman Barrett is the author of "How Emotions are Made, " which challenges the deeply entrenched (classical) assumption that emotions are universal and hardwired. In this interview we discuss the evidence against the old theory and explore her new theory of constructed emotions along with its implications for our understanding of human behavior.
info_outline BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience 07/05/2017
BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience died in April 2017 at the age of 73. Because he was one of our most popular guests we are replaying his first interview from 2010.