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A podcast about neuroscience, philosophy and everything inbetween! Hosted by Clara and Carolina, two young neuroscientists.

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    79. The Evolution of Self-Medication, and What Chimpanzees Know (with Dr. Elodie Freymann)

    79. The Evolution of Self-Medication, and What Chimpanzees Know (with Dr. Elodie Freymann)

    This week we are joined by Elodie Freymann, an evolutionary anthropologist, primatologist, artist and storyteller to discuss the evolution of self-medication. Elodie recently completed a PhD in evolutionary anthropology at the University of Oxford, and shares with us her work studying self-medication in chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest in Uganda. She tells us about what it is like to work in the field, the complexities of chimpanzee behaviour and knowledge, the relationship between animals and humans living in the rainforest, and the importance of ethics in pharmacognosy (natural pharmacology). Listen to find out more about the fascinating field of zoopharmacognosy!

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    78. Ways to Interrogate Synaptic Function (with Dr Rachel Jackson)

    78. Ways to Interrogate Synaptic Function (with Dr Rachel Jackson)

    In today's episode Carolina and Clara are joined by Dr Rachel Jackson to discuss different techniques to interrogate synaptic function. Neurotransmitter release is a crucial function of the neuron that enables the transfer of information in the brain. When this gets disrupted pathologies can arise, such as in neurodegenerative disorders. We discuss Rachel's research investigating the protein arrangements and their subsequent dynamics and how they affect the structure & function of the synapse through a myriad of biochemical techniques.



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    77. Dynamics of Strategy Learning of Deep Neural Networks (with Aaditya Singh)

    77. Dynamics of Strategy Learning of Deep Neural Networks (with Aaditya Singh)

    In today's episode Carolina & Clara discuss the dynamics of strategy-learning of deep neural networks with Aaditya Singh. Aditya is carrying out a PhD on “Learning dynamics of various strategies and circuits in deep neural networks” in Prof. Andrew Saxe’s and Dr Felix Hill at UCL in the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. Aaditya completed his bachelor’s and Masters at MIT on Computer science and Neuroscience. Aaditya then worked in DeepMind and Meta before starting his PhD.

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    76. Interoception

    76. Interoception

    In today's episode, Carolina & Clara discuss the neuroscience and psychology behind interoception, the process that guides our sense of self and is often termed our "sixth sense". How does our perception of our internal bodily states drive our emotions and cognitive state? We discuss the place for interoception in our sense of being. We also discuss what happens when we lack interoceptive abilities, a condition known as alexithymia, and in what ways interoception has been scientifically probed in humans to help us better understand the brain regions and processes underlying it.

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    75. Tools for Looking into the Brain: Reading and Writing Patterns in the Brain (with Dr. Adil Khan)

    75. Tools for Looking into the Brain: Reading and Writing Patterns in the Brain (with Dr. Adil Khan)

    For our third episode in our "Tools for Looking into the Brain" series, we are joined by Dr. Adil Khan, a neuroscientist and group leader at King's College London, to explore reading and writing patterns into the brain. We discuss the principles of two major tools used to examine and manipulate neural activity, namely two-photon microscopy and optogenetics, and explore how they have been applied to answering questions about the neural basis of flexible cognition and behaviour in the Khan lab.

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    74. Neural Computation of Naturalistic Behaviours (with Professor Tiago Branco)

    74. Neural Computation of Naturalistic Behaviours (with Professor Tiago Branco)

    In today's episode, we are joined by Professor Tiago Branco, a Principal Investigator and Group Leader at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at UCL. The Branco lab studies how instinctive decisions are computed from sensory information, and from representations of the world built from experience. In this episode, we discuss what different sorts of approaches (top-down vs bottom-up) you can employ to study the neural basis of behaviour, and how computational models of behaviours can be created and used based on experimental data. Drawing on Professor Branco's extensive experience in the field of neuroscience, we delve into his research past and how it led him to pursue his current focus. We also explore how ethologically relevant naturalistic behaviours can be studied in a lab, and the paradigms that are utilised for this purpose in the context of instinctive defensive behaviours and responses to imminent threat.

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    • 58 min

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