20 episodes

Brain Yapping – The Podcast; an amusing, entertaining, ramshackle and illuminating look at how science can really work hosted by neuroscientist and author, Dr Dean Burnett (The Idiot Brain, The Happy Brain) and journalist Rachel England. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Brain Yapping – The Podcast; an amusing, entertaining, ramshackle and illuminating look at how science can really work hosted by neuroscientist and author, Dr Dean Burnett (The Idiot Brain, The Happy Brain) and journalist Rachel England. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.

    How's the Weather?

    How's the Weather?

    The return to normal life continues apace, and having run out of everything else to talk about, Dean and Rachel fall back on the classic British standby: the weather. But for a good reason; with travel still restricted and indoor pursuits only tentatively available, the weather plays a bigger role in our day-to-day lives than ever. How does this affect our moods and mental wellbeing, and why? Support the Brain Yapping podcast and the CSN as a whole by subscribing at patreon.com/cosmicshambles

    • 30 min
    Returning to Normalish

    Returning to Normalish

    With vaccine rollouts proceeding apace, weather improving, and lockdown restrictions easing, it seems like life is returning to some sort of normality. But what’s it like to go from prolonged lockdown to in-person socialising? Are we going back to normal, or is it some strange new reality, with new rules and expectation? And what effects can this have on us on our wellbeing, and why are some people likely to find the process surprisingly stressful. Support the podcast, and the Cosmic Shambles Network as a whole at patreon.com/cosmicshambles

    • 31 min
    Haters Gonna Hate: Criticism’s Impact on Wellbeing, in the Era of Covid and Beyond

    Haters Gonna Hate: Criticism’s Impact on Wellbeing, in the Era of Covid and Beyond

    If there’s one thing that Covid and lockdown hasn’t been stingy with, it’s criticism. All the new rules, regulations and expectations introduced by the pandemic has inevitably led to many more opportunities to condemn people for getting things wrong. Why do we do this so readily? And why is criticism often so impactful, to the extent that it can interfere with our mental wellbeing? And what is it about Tinder that can lead to so much of it? NB: If you leave negative feedback about this episode, that’s just proving our point. Support the show at patreon.com/cosmicshambles and get lots of extra content

    • 35 min
    Climate Change, COVID, and the Anxiety of Global Problems for Individuals

    Climate Change, COVID, and the Anxiety of Global Problems for Individuals

    The COVID 19 pandemic is a global problem. Climate change is an even bigger one. But people are individuals, and can rarely make meaningful interventions on such scales. This has many implications for our wellbeing and mental health. To mark the launch of her new book 'Everyday Activism - How to Change the World in Five Minutes, One Hour or a Day', Rachel leads the discussion for a change, as she and Dean explore exactly how much influence a single person can have, and how they can maybe change feelings of helplessness against seemingly insurmountable problems. Support the show at patreon.com/cosmicshambles and get lots of extra content!

    • 35 min
    The Darker Side of 'Protecting the NHS'

    The Darker Side of 'Protecting the NHS'

    The current mantra of protecting the NHS at all costs is logical and helpful, but nothing comes without cost. A listener reports that he’s been far less rigorous about seeking help for his health issues during the pandemic. This spurs Dean and Rachel on to discussing the possibility that, particularly with regards to mental health matters, the fixation on protecting the NHS could lead to increased stigma, judgement, and people enduring harm to their own health to spare any burden on the system that exists to prevent that exact thing. Support the podcast and the CSN writ large at patreon.com/cosmicshambles

    • 28 min
    Won't SOMEONE think of the children!

    Won't SOMEONE think of the children!

    Dean has young children. Rachel doesn’t, but knows many people who do, and it seems they’re all somewhat concerned about exactly what long periods of lockdown, isolation, and lack of school is doing to them, both in the short and long term. Dean and Rachel delve into the practicalities, science, and general misconceptions of just how vulnerable and fragile children are (or aren’t), in the third episode of Brain Yapping: Battle Damaged. Support the podcast at patreon.com/cosmicshambles and get lots of exclusive extras!

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Neiliwhoops ,

Likeable and informative

presenters have a really good chemistry ~ dealing with emotional psychological issues with skill, sensitivity and humour. Thank you!👏🏽👏🏽

MrJDStokes ,

Great Podcast!!

Very informative and enjoyable to listen to.

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