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Brain Science was launched in 2006 by Dr. Ginger Campbell, an experienced emergency physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. We interview scientists and discuss the latest books about the brain.

Monthy episodes resume in June 2017, but all episodes posted since January 2013 are available for FREE in iTunes. Please visit our website for more episodes and transcripts.

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone Pro Med Network

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Brain Science was launched in 2006 by Dr. Ginger Campbell, an experienced emergency physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. We interview scientists and discuss the latest books about the brain.

Monthy episodes resume in June 2017, but all episodes posted since January 2013 are available for FREE in iTunes. Please visit our website for more episodes and transcripts.

    BS 170 Numbers in the Brain with Andreas Nieder

    BS 170 Numbers in the Brain with Andreas Nieder

    This is an interview with Andreas Nieder, author of "A Brain for Numbers: The Biology of the Number Instinct." We talk about the surprising discovery that a wide variety of animals have a number instinct, which is called the approximate number system. This appears to provide the basis for the more abstract mathematical abilities that are seen in humans. We also explore the relationship between mathematics and language.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    BS 169 Glial Cells with Doug Fields (Encore)

    BS 169 Glial Cells with Doug Fields (Encore)

    This episode is an exploration of glial cells with R Douglas Fields, author of "The Other Brain: The Scientific and Medical Breakthroughs That Will Heal Our Brains and Revolutionize Our Health." Glial Cells outnumber the neurons in our nervous system, but until the last few years they were thought to merely support cells. Dr. Fields takes us through the discovery that they have their own signaling methods and are much more important than we ever imagined.

    • 59 min
    BS168 Cecilia Heyes author of "Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking"

    BS168 Cecilia Heyes author of "Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking"

    BS 168 is an interview with psychologist Cecilia Heyes from Oxford University in the UK. We talk about her fascinating book Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking. Our focus is on exploring the evidence that several cognitive skills that appear to be unique to humans are learned from other people rather than being inherited genetically as is often assumed. The proposal that language is a cognitive gadget NOT a cognitive instinct is controversial and has very important implications.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BS 167 Stanislas Dehaene explores "How We Learn"

    BS 167 Stanislas Dehaene explores "How We Learn"

    This is an interview with Stanislas Dehaene about his new book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now.  According to neuroscientist Dehaene neuroscience has revealed that human babies are incredible "learning machines" whose abilities exceed those of the best current artificial intelligence. We explore why this is so and how this information could be used to help learners (and teachers) of all ages.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    BS 166: Stephen Macknik talks about Vision Research

    BS 166: Stephen Macknik talks about Vision Research

    Brain Science 166 features the return of neuroscientist Stephen Macknik. We talk about his recent work that is focused on developing a new visual prosthesis based on recent discoveries and techniques like optogenetics.

    This episode is more technical than usual but Dr. Macknik makes the material accessible to all listeners.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    BS 165: Magic as a Tool for Understanding the Brain

    BS 165: Magic as a Tool for Understanding the Brain

    This episode is an encore presentation of an interview with neuroscientists Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. We talk about their international bestseller "Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions." Macknik and Martinez-Conde are neuroscientists who study vision, but several years ago they had the innovative idea of collaborating with magicians to explore how their use of both visual and cognitive illusions reveals secrets about how our brains work.

    • 38 min

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