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A Grey Matter is for anyone who has ever wondered how we think, feel, reason and move. The Queensland Brain Institute's neuroscience podcast unlocks the wonders of the brain – the complex and mysterious core of who we are. QBI, at The University of Queensland, works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. www.qbi.uq.edu.au

A Grey Matter Queensland Brain Institute

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A Grey Matter is for anyone who has ever wondered how we think, feel, reason and move. The Queensland Brain Institute's neuroscience podcast unlocks the wonders of the brain – the complex and mysterious core of who we are. QBI, at The University of Queensland, works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. www.qbi.uq.edu.au

    The science of addiction

    The science of addiction

    We all have our own ways of pursuing pleasure: some of us exercise; some of us love gaming; some of us can’t resist another bit of chocolate. But what happens when our ability to manage the pursuit of pleasure goes wrong?


    In this episode of A Grey Matter, we talked to QBI’s Dr James Kesby about the brain’s reward mechanism – the dopamine system – and how faults in this mechanism can cause disorders such as depression and addiction. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 16 min
    Living well with dementia

    Living well with dementia

    John Quinn was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in his late 50s. Despite falling into a deep depression after his initial diagnosis, John is now a strong advocate for greater dementia awareness and research. In this episode of A Grey Matter, we hear from John and his partner Glenys, on their shared experience of living with John’s dementia. They are embarking on a four-day trek across Tasmania this October to raise vital funds for dementia research here at QBI. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 33 min
    Super memory - what it's like to remember being a baby

    Super memory - what it's like to remember being a baby

    We hear from Rebecca Sharrock, one of 60 people in the world known to have highly superior autobiographical memory. Becky remembers a vast amount of her lived experiences – from her earliest birthdays to what she had to breakfast on this day five years ago. In this episode we hear from her, her mother Janet, and Associate Professor Gail Robinson from UQ Psychology. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    Living with narcolepsy, and other sleep disorders

    Living with narcolepsy, and other sleep disorders

    We all know what it feels like to have a bad night's sleep - and feel tired and irritable the next day. Sleep plays such an important role in recharging our minds and bodies – but what if, no matter how much sleep you had, you didn't wake rejuvenated the next day? In this episode, we're taking sleep disorders – everything from sleepwalking to problems getting to sleep in the first place. We’ll hear from Declan, a 24-year-old man with narcolepsy, and Dr Chelsie Rohrscheib, a sleep researcher at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 21 min
    The science of musical creativity

    The science of musical creativity

    What's going on in the brain when someone creates new music? Musical improvisation is a skill that draws on many parts of the brain and is also related to creativity in other domains. In this episode of A Grey Matter, we speak to legendary jazz pianist Jason Rebello and UQ neuroscientist Professor Geoff Goodhill to explore the science behind musical creativity. 


    Jason Rebello is a leading jazz pianist from the UK, who spent 10 years touring the world first with Sting and then Jeff Beck. He recorded three albums with Sting and has also recorded many of his own, including the 2016 solo project, Held. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 26 min
    Tennis champ Casey Dellacqua on concussion

    Tennis champ Casey Dellacqua on concussion

    Tennis is not usually a sport you’d associate with concussion, but for Casey Dellacqua, head injury hits close to home. The former dual Olympian, World No. 26 singles and World No. 3 doubles player suffered a concussion during a match in October 2015, which put her out of action for almost a year. She shares her experiences in this episode of A Grey Matter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 18 min

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