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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

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    • 4.9 • 105 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

    #57 Video Game Addiction

    #57 Video Game Addiction

    Can someone get addicted to video games? Join Kim and Jim as they talk about the science of addiction as applied to video games. Featuring an interview with Ian Richard, Co-President of CU Esports.

    • 39 min
    #56 Video Games

    #56 Video Games

    Do video games increase aggression? Are they addictive? Can video games make you smarter? Jim and Kim discuss the research on video games in this episode of Minding the Brain!















    Calvert, S. L., Appelbaum, M., Dodge, K. A., Graham, S., Nagayama Hall, G. C., Hamby, S., … & Hedges, L. V. (2017). The American Psychological Association Task Force assessment of violent video games: Science in the service of public interest. American Psychologist, 72(2), 126.







    Ferguson, C. J., Copenhaver, A., & Markey, P. (2020). Reexamining the findings of the American Psychological Association’s 2015 task force on violent media: A meta-analysis. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15(6), 1423-1443.







    Von der Heiden, J. M., Braun, B., Müller, K. W., & Egloff, B. (2019). The association between video gaming and psychological functioning. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 1731.







    Halbrook, Y. J., O’Donnell, A. T., & Msetfi, R. M. (2019). When and how video games can be good: A review of the positive effects of video games on well-being. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(6), 1096-1104.







    Dye, M. W. G., Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2009). Increasing speed of processing with action video games. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(6), 321-326.







    Davies, J. (2017). Video games do guilt better than any other art. Nautilus February 7, blog entry. https://nautil.us/video-games-do-guilt-better-than-any-other-art-236420/

    #55 Caffeine

    #55 Caffeine

    Why did plants evolve to be caffeinated? When did humans start using caffeine? What are the benefits of caffeine? Can caffeine be dangerous and is it addictive? Join Jim and Kim as they explore the science and history surrounding one of the most popular substances on Earth!

    #54 Where Are All the Aliens?

    #54 Where Are All the Aliens?

    If the universe is teeming with life, and even a fraction of that life is intelligent, where are all the aliens? Join Jim and Kim as they explore the Fermi Paradox on this episode of Minding the Brain!

    #53 Alcohol

    #53 Alcohol

    Alcohol is, by far, the most commonly used addictive drug, but how much do you really know about it? How does alcohol interact with the brain? Why do many people’s faces get red when they drink? What are the harms of alcohol? Discover the answers to these, and many more questions, on this episode of Minding the Brain!

    #52 Hacking Your Reward System

    #52 Hacking Your Reward System

    Kim and Jim tell you how to hack your reward system! What is the brain’s reward system and why did it evolve? Is it possible for you to hack your reward system for greater productivity and happiness? Are there any tips and tricks you can use to encourage desirable behaviors and discourage undesirable ones? Find the answers to these questions and more, on this episode of Minding the Brain!

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Frenchy86ab ,

Super knowledgeable

Love this podcast really gets me thinking and very informative love everything about it

Karyann57 ,

Overall very informative but…

The episode on alcohol was a bit disturbing, in that Kim divided alcohol in toxic-not toxic
categories, which is absolutely ridiculous. She should know that the alcohol we drink is toxic.
It’s a carcinogen!
And suggesting that people can drive on 1 drink per hour is irresponsible. I find it hard to believe her area of expertise is addiction.
Her constant laughing about drinking and being drunk was pretty unprofessional.

carojkwallace ,

Favourite Science Podcast!

Fantastic, evidence-based, and fun podcast. Dr. Hellemans, Dr. Davies, and their invited guests know their stuff and deliver it in such an engaging and interesting way. Love it!

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