6 episodes

Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

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    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

    How We Remember

    How We Remember

    What is a memory made of? Which parts of the brain help us remember? And what can taxi drivers’ brains tell us about how memories are made? 

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she dives into the science of memory, and how we remember. We’ll unpick the structures of the brain that are involved in making memories, and attend an MRI scan of a London cabbie to understand what makes London drivers’ brains so fascinating to neuroscientists.  

    With special thanks to Mark, Stephanie, Amy Milton, and Hugo Spiers.  

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    • 30 min
    Focus - Hearing Loss

    Focus - Hearing Loss

    What’s it like to lose your hearing? Why is the cause of hearing loss often so hard to diagnose? And what innovative technologies might help scientists develop new therapies?  

    In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she uncovers the complexities of hearing loss – from tinnitus to the mysteries of the inner ear – and speaks to a dancer who is having to learn to live with reduced hearing.  

    With special thanks to our guests Helen and Tina Stankovic.  

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    • 19 min
    How We Hear

    How We Hear

    How do we hear? What parts of our brain respond to sound? And how can we use vibrations to expand the way we enjoy music?  

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin on a sensory journey exploring the world of sound, and how we hear it. We’ll meet a dancer who remembers being able to hear clearly for the very first time, learn how our brains break down complex sound in a noisy environment, and experience a device which expands the pleasure we get from music.   

    With special thanks to David Corey, Daniel Huber, Mario Prsa, and Vita.  
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    • 33 min
    Focus – Learning Language

    Focus – Learning Language

    How do we learn to talk? When do babies first understand language? And how do scientists study language learning in the lab?  

    In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she visits the Oxford Brookes Babylab to understand how babies make sense of what we say, including watching real-life language experiments with infants and trying to interview a 9-month-old.  

    With special thanks to Alice, her son, and Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez. 

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    • 19 min
    Building a Brain

    Building a Brain

    What is the brain made of? How is it built in the womb? And what impact does preterm labour have on brain development?   

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she explores the beginnings of the human brain. We’ll visit an ultrasound clinic to observe foetal brain structures and hear how the earliest brain cells develop in the womb, plus visit a biotechnology lab in Switzerland working hard to protect immature brains.  

    With special thanks to Lisa Goodrich, David Baud, Erick Garcia Cordero, Loulia Kassem, Kristen, and Edel.  

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    • 26 min
    How We're Wired Trailer

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    Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

    What do they all have in common?

    From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

    In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge of neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

    Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

    This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 2 min

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