Brain Science was launched in 2006 by Dr. Ginger Campbell, an experienced emergency 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. We interview scientists and discuss the latest books about the brain.
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Mark Humphries, author of "The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds"
This month's episode features Mark Humphries, author of "The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds." We explore how the brain uses electrical signaling in surprising ways, beginning with a look at how an action potential (aka. "the spike") is produced. Then we consider what Humphries calls "the dark neurons," which are neurons that rarely generate spikes. We explore their role and also how it relates to the brain's spontaneous activity.
Stephen Fleming on "the neuroscience of self-awareness"
This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with Dr. Stephen Fleming, author of "Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness." We explore the concept of metacognition and learn that while explicit metacognition (thinking about thinking) may be unique to humans, it is built on building blocks shared with other species. We also explore what can go wrong and why it matters.
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Mark Solms, author of "The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness"
In this month's episode of Brain Science, neuroscientist Mark Solms talks about his new book "The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Origins of Consciousness." Solms was inspired by the pioneering work of Jaak Panksepp who argued that the origins of consciousness can be traced to the brainstem. In his new book Solms presents the evidence for this viewpoint and explains how the work of computational neuroscientist Karl Friston has provided additional support.
Jeff Hawkins, author of "A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence"
Jeff Hawkins has spent nearly twenty years on a quest to discover how the brain's cortex generates intelligence. In this episode, he talks about his new book A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence, which describes some of his most recent research in a way that is accessible to readers of all backgrounds.
Iris Berent: author of "The Blind Storyteller: How We Reason About Human Nature"
This month's episode of Brain Science features Iris Berent, author of "The Blind Storyteller: How We Reason About Human Nature." We explore how our deeply entrenched biases toward dualism and essentialism impact our attitudes toward neuroscience and toward problems like mental illness.
Interesting interviews with some of the leading thinkers in neuroscience, aimed at a general audience. The host is knowledgeable and likable. Thanks, Ginger!
One of my favorite podcasts, ever. A nice range of topics, most are for laymen. Good predictable format. Dr Campbell is awesome!
Love the podcast
I’m a former microbiologist trying to learn more about neuroscience for work (and pleasure). I found this podcast has a wide range of topics and varying degrees of depth. It’s become my go-to