When we, Geoff Woodman and Ashleigh Maxcey, were putting the finishing touches on our career advice book, From Start to Finish: A practical guide to becoming a scientist in psychology and neuroscience, we realized that we were not done with the topic for two main reasons. First, at the end of each chapter Ashleigh interviewed a subject matter expert to include additional viewpoints. Conducting the interviews was so illuminating and enjoyable that it became our favorite part of the book. Second, there are many topics we would have loved to discuss but weren't appropriate for a book format. The Brain Bios Podcast is an opportunity to keep the conversation going, expanding on those points and voices. In these episodes, you will hear the voices of scientists in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. You'll get to know their origin story and learn about their career. Each interview will include an in-depth discussion of a topic, selected by the speaker, related to a career in science. Our goal is to convey genuine stories from scientists in the field, either advisory, anecdotal, or self-deprecating in nature, to accompany our listeners as they navigate their careers. Since the subject matter changes as a function of the interviewee, the interested audience might change as well. We hope you find something interesting and relevant to you in each epsiode, but if you run into an episode that isn't your jam because it is not catered to where you are in your career, please pass it along to a more junior trainee or a more senior advisor for who it's more relevant.
Brain Bios Episode #7
On Brain Bios Podcast Episode #7, Geoff and Ashleigh spoke with Dr.
Elizabeth Loftus about her highly decorated career, her view on current
events, what brings her consolation, and our mutual love of Alan Alda.
Learn more about Dr. Loftus at https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/eloftus/
Brain Bios Episode #6
On Brain Bios Podcast Episode #6, Geoff and Ashleigh spoke with Dr. Jane
Raymond about the creative endeavor that is science, including writing
poetry, defining success for one’s self, and having a full life.
Learn more about Dr. Raymond at http://www.memorybham.com/jane-raymond
Brain Bios Episode #5
On Brain Bios Podcast Episode #6, Geoff and Ashleigh spoke with Dr. Culham
about asking unique research questions, inductive vs. deductive reasoning,
plotting data for trends before running statistical analyses, and the power
of watching influential people ask questions.
Learn more about Dr. Culham at http://www.culhamlab.com
Brain Bios Episode #4
On Brain Bios Podcast Episode #4, Geoff and Ashleigh spoke with Dr. Melissa
Beers, about how she teaches graduate students how to teach, common
mistakes first-time instructors make, and why teaching is worth the effort.
Learn more about Dr. Beers at https://psychology.osu.edu/people/beers.3
Brain Bios Episode #3
On Brain Bios Podcast Episode #3, Geoff and Ashleigh spoke with National
Academy of Science Member, Dr. Richard Shiffrin, about how he ended up in
the field, why it’s great news if someone criticizes your work, and what he
does in his spare time.
Learn more about Dr. Shiffrin at http://shiffrin.cogs.indiana.edu
Brain Bios Episode #2
On Brain Bios Podcast Episode #2 Geoff spoke with Dr. Ashleigh Maxcey about her mistakes during graduate school, her advocacy for teaching professors, and her plans for retirement.
Learn more about Dr. Maxcey at www.ashleighmaxcey.com
Note: Since these are adults having adult conversations, sometimes a little bit of potty mouth may occur.
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I’m way late to the party on this, but ya know quarantine. Which has caused me to pick up some new hobbies...yay podcasts. I need more brain bios in my life. As a former student of Ashleigh’s, I am consistently reminded of how amazing of a person she truly is. Inspirational, passionate superwoman. ❤️