9 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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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.

    Focus – How We Taste

    Focus – How We Taste

    How do we taste? What evolutionary benefit is there to tasting bitter and sour? And why should you think about wearing noise-cancelling headphones on planes if you want to enjoy your food?    In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she uncovers the neuroscience underpinning taste, from how you can optimise dishes using synergistic umami to a test to discover if you’re a supertaster.   With special thanks to Robert Parks and Barry Smith.   How We’re Wired is a Fresh Air Production for The Bertarelli Foundation. Follow now so you never miss an episode.
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    • 26 min
    How We Smell

    How We Smell

    How do we smell? What role does our sense of smell play in our closest relationships? And how are brands creating scents to keep us coming back for more?

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she unpicks the science of smell, from how your sense of smell changes over your lifetime to a visit to a perfumer creating olfactory memories.

    With special thanks to Duncan Boak, Carl Philpott, and Dawn Goldworm. 

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    • 34 min
    Focus - Why We Forget

    Focus - Why We Forget

    Why does our memory sometimes fail us? Would you recognise an implanted memory? And what implications do the risks of false memories have for society? 

    In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she explores the murky depths of our imperfect memories; from whether a brain scan can identify whether a memory is true or false to the potential for memory-numbing drugs as a treatment for PTSD.  

    With special thanks to Daniel Schacter.   

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    • 33 min
    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

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