33 min

Your Brain On... Presidential Aging Your Brain On

    • Science

The U.S. is set to have its oldest President ever. Should we be worried, or are we thinking about aging the wrong way?
The unprecedented age of the two United States presidential candidates, Biden and Trump, has sparked fiery debates over whether a leader can be ‘too old’ to effectively run a country.
Our guest for this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Charan Ranganath, recently published a New York Times op-ed offering an alternative view: age itself may not be a useful metric for measuring how successfully a president might lead the nation.
In this episode of ‘Your Brain On’, we discuss:
• The different types of memory, and how they work
• How our brains can remain more resilient than is often thought in older age
• Historic figures who have made significant contributions to the world during their twilight years
• The inspiring power of our cognitive reserve
We’re also joined by longevity expert Dan Buettner, renowned for his work on ‘The Blue Zones’ — parts of the world with longer life expectancy — for a conversation about why having an older leader might not be an inherently bad thing.
This is the SEASON ONE FINALE of Your Brain On. Thank you so much for listening! We return in May 2024 with ten more exhilarating stories about the world through a neuroscientific lens.
‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neuroscientists and public health advocates Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
‘Your Brain On... Presidential Aging’ • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 10
Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and celebrated author, who Dr. Charan Ranganath mentioned during our conversation, sadly passed away the week before we recorded this episode. We dedicate this episode to his memory, and his work.
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LINKS
Dr. Charan Ranganath
His website: https://charanranganath.com/
His new book, ‘Why We Remember’: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/705542/why-we-remember-by-charan-ranganath-phd/ 
At UC Davis: https://psychology.ucdavis.edu/people/charan  
Dan Buettner
His website: https://danbuettner.com/
Blue Zones: https://www.bluezones.com/ 
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danbuettner 
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FOLLOW US 
Join the NEURO Academy: NEUROacademy.com
Instagram: @thebraindocs
Website: TheBrainDocs.com
More info and episodes: TheBrainDocs.com/Podcast

The U.S. is set to have its oldest President ever. Should we be worried, or are we thinking about aging the wrong way?
The unprecedented age of the two United States presidential candidates, Biden and Trump, has sparked fiery debates over whether a leader can be ‘too old’ to effectively run a country.
Our guest for this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Charan Ranganath, recently published a New York Times op-ed offering an alternative view: age itself may not be a useful metric for measuring how successfully a president might lead the nation.
In this episode of ‘Your Brain On’, we discuss:
• The different types of memory, and how they work
• How our brains can remain more resilient than is often thought in older age
• Historic figures who have made significant contributions to the world during their twilight years
• The inspiring power of our cognitive reserve
We’re also joined by longevity expert Dan Buettner, renowned for his work on ‘The Blue Zones’ — parts of the world with longer life expectancy — for a conversation about why having an older leader might not be an inherently bad thing.
This is the SEASON ONE FINALE of Your Brain On. Thank you so much for listening! We return in May 2024 with ten more exhilarating stories about the world through a neuroscientific lens.
‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neuroscientists and public health advocates Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
‘Your Brain On... Presidential Aging’ • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 10
Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and celebrated author, who Dr. Charan Ranganath mentioned during our conversation, sadly passed away the week before we recorded this episode. We dedicate this episode to his memory, and his work.
———
LINKS
Dr. Charan Ranganath
His website: https://charanranganath.com/
His new book, ‘Why We Remember’: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/705542/why-we-remember-by-charan-ranganath-phd/ 
At UC Davis: https://psychology.ucdavis.edu/people/charan  
Dan Buettner
His website: https://danbuettner.com/
Blue Zones: https://www.bluezones.com/ 
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danbuettner 
———
FOLLOW US 
Join the NEURO Academy: NEUROacademy.com
Instagram: @thebraindocs
Website: TheBrainDocs.com
More info and episodes: TheBrainDocs.com/Podcast

33 min

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