Brain Bites is the bite-size neuroscience podcast of the ASCEND program (Advancing STEM Community Engagement through Neuroscience) where we explore the depths of your brain in a fun, digestible format.
Brain Bites is written and produced by Melissa Borgen and Serena Sossi.
Theme Music is “star lover” by f0cusFL0W.
Find us on Facebook and Instagram at ascend.program and on twitter @program_ascend.
Feel free to send us questions and comments on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Neuroscience of Illusions!
Danny and new co-host, Dr. Lorena Areal, dive into the wild world of illusions and how your brain processes sensory information! We interview a world expert neuroscientist specialized in visual illusions, Dr. Stephen Macknik!
Memories and ....Flies?
Melissa and Danny delve into how memory is formed and how neuroscientists can study memory formation. How did scientists find this out and how are flies involved?
Episode 6: Happy BRAINSgiving!
Melissa and Danny wish you a Happy Thanksgiving by deciphering the age old myth about Thanksgiving: Does the tryptophan in turkey really make you sleepy? We also talk about how gratitude and Black Friday shopping affect your brain!
Episode 5: Fear, BRAINS! and Zombies!
Melissa and Danny talk about the neuroscience of Halloween! Such as how you get scared, if Zombies are plausible from a neuroscience perspective, and how why eating human brains is bad!
Brain Bites Episode 4
This time we talk about the senses of hearing, sight, and touch. Our hearing changes, evidenced by the high-pitched sounds that adults can't hear. How our eyes see color? Have you felt your phone vibrate, but when you check it there's no message? Listen to hear the recent theories behind the phantom vibration phenomenon! Hear our interview with Brock Grill, PhD, from The Scripps Research Institute Florida! We talk about how tiny worms sense touch and what that tells us about the human nervous system!
The Senses pt. 1
Join us as we explore the senses of taste and smell! How do our chemical senses work? Can our senses change or trick us? We interview Dr. Tricia Meredith from Florida Atlantic University about her research on the sense of smell of sharks! So, can a shark really smell a drop of blood a mile away?