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Brain Science is hosted by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD (Podcast Hall of Fame 2022). She is an experienced physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. It features interviews and discusses the latest books about the brain.

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone Ginger Campbell, MD

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Brain Science is hosted by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD (Podcast Hall of Fame 2022). She is an experienced physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. It features interviews and discusses the latest books about the brain.

    Frank Amthor: Neuroscience and Neurobiology for Dummies

    Frank Amthor: Neuroscience and Neurobiology for Dummies

    This month's episode of Brain Science features an encore playing of my interview with Dr. Frank Amthor, author of Neuroscience for Dummies and Neurobiology for Dummies. It is a great episode for newbies and will be a good review for longtime listeners.
    This is a FREE sample of my Premium content and the episode transcript is also FREE.
    Links and References:
    Essentials of Modern Neuroscience by Franklin Amthor, W. Anne Burton Theibert, David Standaert, and Erik Roberson Neurobiology For Dummies by Frank Amthor Neuroscience For Dummies, 2nd Ed. by Frank Amthor Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Want to be part of BS 200? Just email me at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com to learn more. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube for episode excerpts and summaries. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Hakwan Lau "In Consciousness we Trust"

    Hakwan Lau "In Consciousness we Trust"

    This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with Hakwan Lau, author of In Consciousness we Trust: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Subjective Experience. Lau talks about shortcomings in current theories about how the brain generates consciousness, but he also introduces something he calls perceptual reality monitoring. 
    Although this is a somewhat technical discussion it is accessible to listeners who are new to the neuroscience of consciousness.
    Links and References:
    In Consciousness we Trust: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Subjective Experience by Hakwan Lau Hakwan Lau's Lab at UCLA Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
     
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    Check episode extras for free transcript excerpt! Episode 200 is coming in September 2022! Listener feedback is invited. Email brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com to learn more. Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com and let me know what you think of the updated website. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube for episode excerpts and summaries. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 57 min
    Neuroscience of Emotion with David J Anderson

    Neuroscience of Emotion with David J Anderson

    This month's episode is an interview with David J Anderson from Cal Tech. We talk about his new book The Nature of the Beast: How Emotions Guide US. We talk about how emotion CAN be studied in animals by using methods that focus on brain states rather than verbal descriptions. Dr. Anderson also explains why this experimental work is essential to developing more effective treatment of mental illnesses.
    This episode is a follow up to my discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson in BS 151 (2018)
    Links and References:
    The Nature of the Beast: How Emotions Guide US by David J Anderson David Anderson,PhD. , California Institute of Technology Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Watch Dr. Campbell's induction into the Podcast Hall of Fame on Youtube. Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com and let me know what you think of the updated website. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Twitter: @docartemis Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/brainsciencepodcast Contact Dr. Campbell:
    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Mary-France O'Conner, author of "The Grieving Brain"

    Mary-France O'Conner, author of "The Grieving Brain"

    The neuroscience of grief and grieving is a relatively new field, but one that offers practical discoveries for people of all backgrounds. This month we talk with Mary-Frances O’Connor, author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How we Learn from Love and Loss.
    We talk about what has been learned from a variety of approaches, including both brain imaging and, surprisingly even from animal studies. We learn why it is so hard for our brains to accept the loss of a loved one and this work offers hope for helping those who struggle with prolonged or complicated grief.
    The incredible loss of life cause by the COVID pandemic makes this work especially timely.
    Links and References:
    The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss by Mary-Frances O'Connor Author website Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com and let me know what you think of the updated website. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube for episode excerpts and summaries. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Twitter: @docartemis Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/brainsciencepodcast Contact Dr. Campbell:
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    • 56 min
    What does it mean to say "Mind is Embodied?"

    What does it mean to say "Mind is Embodied?"

    In this month's episode of Brain Science I explore two big picture questions: What does it mean to claim that the Mind is "embodied?" and How does this change our understanding of our place in the world? The conversation was inspired by the book "Out of the Cave: A Natural Philosophy of Mind and Knowing" by Mark L Johnson and Donald M Tucker.
    This episode builds on several previous discussions of "embodied cognition" so it might be challenging to newer listeners. I have included a list of these earlier episodes below.
    Links and References:
    Out of the Cave: A Natural Philosophy of Mind and Knowing by Mark L Johnson and Donald M Tucker Embodied Cognition  (2nd. ed) by Lawrence Shapiro (BSP 73) Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson Previous episodes about Embodied Cognition BSP 25 with Rolf Pfeifer, co-author of How the Body Shapes the Way We Think BSP 36 with Arthur Glenberg BSP 73 with Lawrence Shapiro, author of Embodied Cognition BSP 89 with Evan Thompson, author of Mind in Life: Biology. Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
     
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    Join me for my induction into the Podcast Hall of Fame on March 25, 2022. Attendance is free. If you live in Los Angeles I hope you will attend the live event, but I hope everyone else will attend online. Click here to learn more. Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com and let me know what you think of the updated website. If you are a teacher please check out the new page for Educators and let me known what you think. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube for episode excerpts and summaries. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    • 20 min
    Nina Kraus author of "Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World"

    Nina Kraus author of "Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World"

    This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with Nina Kraus, author of "Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World." Dr. Kraus has spent 30 years exploring how the brain processes sound. We explore why sound processing involves much more that just the auditory cortex as well how the sounds we experience change our brains, both for better and for worse.
    Links and References:
    Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World by Nina Kraus Nina Kraus, PhD, Northwestern University BrainVolts website Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com and let me know what you think of the updated website. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube for episode excerpts and summaries. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations Connect on Social Media:
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    • 54 min

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750 Ratings

Kent Money ,

I was wondering

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romilunas ,

Truly a gem of the podcasting world!

Dr. Campbell has interviews some of the greatest minds trying to understand our brains and our humanity! She builds her interviews in a carefully organized crescendo so scientists and authors bring out illuminating answers.

Throughout the years, she has shared findings, trends , and challenges of neuroscience that bring insight to our thinking, doing,, and feeling. It’s knowledge everyone should have!

I am a big fan and supporter, I subscribe to be able to access episodes and go back to listen again and make connections.

Unlike many a podcast, her content is enduring: it will continue to be relevant if not in its accuracy, at the very least as a way to see the scientific method in action: how scientists make observations, generate hypotheses, test them and come up with theories, adjust them, discard them, and start anew.

mtrain18 ,

Top notch

Interesting interviews with some of the leading thinkers in neuroscience, aimed at a general audience. The host is knowledgeable and likable. Thanks, Ginger!

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