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A Grey Matter is for anyone who has ever wondered how we think, feel, reason and move. The Queensland Brain Institute's neuroscience podcast unlocks the wonders of the brain – the complex and mysterious core of who we are. QBI, at The University of Queensland, works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. www.qbi.uq.edu.au

A Grey Matter Queensland Brain Institute, UQ

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A Grey Matter is for anyone who has ever wondered how we think, feel, reason and move. The Queensland Brain Institute's neuroscience podcast unlocks the wonders of the brain – the complex and mysterious core of who we are. QBI, at The University of Queensland, works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. www.qbi.uq.edu.au

    How zebrafish help unlock the secrets of autism spectrum disorder

    How zebrafish help unlock the secrets of autism spectrum disorder

    Who would have thought the humble zebrafish might hold the key to understanding our own brain, including conditions such as autism spectrum disorder? We talk to Associate Professor Ethan Scott who leads the Neural Circuits and Behaviour laboratory at QBI. Ethan is interested in understanding the biology behind developmental mental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder. 
     
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    • 24 min
    Why making sense of nature matters to your health

    Why making sense of nature matters to your health

    We talk to Professor Massimo Hilliard and Dr Steven Zuryn about the importance of fundamental science – what it is and why it is critical for generating discoveries that may have huge impacts to your health. Both researchers use roundworms to tackle some big problems in neuroscience. They study the basics of how cells in the brain and nervous system work in a simple animal to gain insights into how our brains work.
     
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    • 25 min
    Why our brain is smarter than a machine

    Why our brain is smarter than a machine

    Paralysed people walking again and direct brain to brain communication aren’t just ideas in the realm of science fiction. We hear from Dr Lilach Avitan, a Computational Neuroscientist at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute who investigates how our brain processes information in order to understand normal and abnormal brain function. We chat about her start in the Israeli air force, the so called ‘Jennifer Aniston neuron’, how to build more intelligent computing devices and brain-machine interfaces. 
     
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    • 13 min
    The science of addiction

    The science of addiction

    We all have our own ways of pursuing pleasure: some of us exercise; some of us love gaming; some of us can’t resist another bit of chocolate. But what happens when our ability to manage the pursuit of pleasure goes wrong?


    In this episode of A Grey Matter, we talked to QBI’s Dr James Kesby about the brain’s reward mechanism – the dopamine system – and how faults in this mechanism can cause disorders such as depression and addiction.
     
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    • 16 min
    Living well with dementia

    Living well with dementia

    John Quinn was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in his late 50s. Despite falling into a deep depression after his initial diagnosis, John is now a strong advocate for greater dementia awareness and research. In this episode of A Grey Matter, we hear from John and his partner Glenys, on their shared experience of living with John’s dementia. They are embarking on a four-day trek across Tasmania this October to raise vital funds for dementia research here at QBI.
     
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    Super memory - what it's like to remember being a baby

    Super memory - what it's like to remember being a baby

    We hear from Rebecca Sharrock, one of 60 people in the world known to have highly superior autobiographical memory. Becky remembers a vast amount of her lived experiences – from her earliest birthdays to what she had to breakfast on this day five years ago. In this episode we hear from her, her mother Janet, and Associate Professor Gail Robinson from UQ Psychology.
     
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

AussieKGM ,

If you like NPR’s Invisibilia, try this!

A bit more sound in its science, a bit shorter in length, but great production value and interesting topics

PollyBazza ,

Interesting topics direct from the source

A good science podcast if you're into the brain or what we use our brains for. It's nice to hear directly from the scientists and in a way anyone can understand.

JamJarInc. ,

A Grey Matter

Great podcast! The topics are fascinating and make matters of the mind accessible for a lay person. Excellently presented – I would highly recommend.

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