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Minding the Brain is an award-winning, monthly science podcast by Dr. Jim Davies and Dr. Kim Hellemans. It focuses on exploring and discussing the fascinating topics surrounding the scientific study of the brain. Minding the Brain is brought to you by Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Find us on the web @ https://mindingthebrainpodcast.com

Minding the Brain Jim Davies & Kim Hellemans

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 121 Ratings

Minding the Brain is an award-winning, monthly science podcast by Dr. Jim Davies and Dr. Kim Hellemans. It focuses on exploring and discussing the fascinating topics surrounding the scientific study of the brain. Minding the Brain is brought to you by Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Find us on the web @ https://mindingthebrainpodcast.com

    Cultural Evolution

    Cultural Evolution

    Jim and Kim explore the role of cultural evolution in shaping human behavior and survival. What has enabled humans to dominate the globe more successfully than any other species despite our relative helplessness as individuals? How have human groups produced ingenious technologies and complex institutions while individual humans struggle with basic survival challenges? Find the answers to theses questions and more in this episode!







    Explore Further:The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

    • 36 min
    Q&A: Magic Mushrooms, Chat GPT in Academia, Ice Baths, Caffeine & More

    Q&A: Magic Mushrooms, Chat GPT in Academia, Ice Baths, Caffeine & More

    Jim and Kim answer student questions about magic mushrooms, Chat GPT in academia, ice baths, caffeine, the impact of listening to music, self-efficacy and reducing stigma around mental health and substance use disorders.

    • 37 min
    Fake News with Gordon Pennycook – #72

    Fake News with Gordon Pennycook – #72

    Jim interviews Gordon Pennycook about the phenomenon of fake news. What types of misinformation tend to spread? What role will generative AI play in the information landscape? How do bias, intuition, and rationality impact the way people read the news?



















    Explore further:Gordon Pennycook’s website

    • 24 min
    #71 Nutritional Neuroscience

    #71 Nutritional Neuroscience

    Kim interviews Orsha Magyar about the emerging field of nutritional neuroscience. How can we combat nutritional pseudoscience on social media? Are there such things as superfoods? How does the average North American diet impact our brain health? What are omega fatty acids, and are they important for our brain health? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this month’s episode of Minding the Brain!







    Orsha Magyar is the engaging and inspiring Founder and CEO of NeuroTrition Inc, and Canada’s brain food expert. She is a neuroscience and nutrition specialist for Canadian publications, television and radio shows, and is a sought after science communicator. She also delivers the “most delicious science communication you will ever taste” in her brain food collaborations with the culinary industry.







    Trained in both neuroscience and nutrition, Orsha is truly one-of-a-kind. And her unique expertise brings an unrivaled integrative approach to brain and mental health, as well as to science communication. Orsha brings over two decades of neuroscience research and clinical nutrition experience to the table. You can find her Monday – Friday in private practice working with clients who have mental health and neurological conditions, and communicating nutritional neuroscience for various organizations and corporations.







    Orsha is serious about going beyond the Band-Aid for brain and mental health, and her genuine passion for helping everyone build happier, healthier brains comes across in everything she does. Making research approachable and actionable for everyone is Orsha’s superpower. She’s known for making complicated nutritional neuroscience topics easier to digest – and delicious! For more information about Orsha and NeuroTrition, please visit www.neurotrition.ca

    • 43 min
    #70 Aloneliness and the Value of Solitude

    #70 Aloneliness and the Value of Solitude

    Kim interviews Dr. Robert Coplan about aloneliness and the value of solitude. What are the benefits of solitude? How should we balance solitude and social interaction? How do collectivist cultures think about the need for solitude? Tune in to hear the answers to these questions and more on this episode of Minding the Brain!

    • 53 min
    #69 AI & Existential Risk

    #69 AI & Existential Risk

    Jim interviews Darren McKee, author of Uncontrollable: The Threat of Artificial Superintelligence and the Race to Save the World. What are the long-term dangers of artificial intelligence? Could artificial intelligences develop power seeking behaviors? What safeguards can be put in place to ensure that AI contributes to human flourishing in the future? Discover the answers to these questions and more on this episode of Minding the Brain.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

canucksupporter ,

Great work Kim

Last two podcasts have been great!

KiMa45 ,

Captivating, approachable, & informative

I’ve been listening to this podcast for years, they’re not too long, the content is always engaging, & if you’re not in the neuroscience or cognitive science field Dr. Jim Davies & Dr. Kim Hellemens do a good job explaining things so you can understand.

Super enjoyable listen!

Be brave*be kind*be present ,

Love this podcast!

This is one of my favourite podcasts on the brain (and as a psychotherapist, I listen to way too many)! I have shared it with numerous clients and colleagues and regularly refer to your 30-minute scheduling process, thoughts on multitasking and facts about screen addictions. Keep up the excellent research (and I adore the quirky wit - we all need a little levity when discussing such "heady" topics)!

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