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Brain Science is hosted by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD (Podcast Hall of Fame 2022). She is an experienced 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. It features interviews and discusses the latest books about the brain.

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone Ginger Campbell, MD

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Brain Science is hosted by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD (Podcast Hall of Fame 2022). She is an experienced 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. It features interviews and discusses the latest books about the brain.

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    This is the FREE Transcript for BS 214: Seventeenth Annual Review.

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    17th Annual Review Episode

    17th Annual Review Episode

    This is the 17th Annual Review episode of Brain Science, celebrating the first episode which aired on December 15, 2006. We review the highlights of 2023, which included both new guests and the return of several favorites.
    Episodes Released in 2023:
    BS 204 (Encore) and BS 205 featured molecular biologist Guy Caldwell, PhD from the University of Alabama. Caldwell uses the tiny roundworm C. Elegans to search for potential treatments of Parkinson's Disease. BS 206: Paco Calvo, PhD, author of Planta Sapiens: The New Science of Intelligence. BS 207 (Encore): Luiz Pessoa, author of The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration. BS 208 Sander Van der Linden, author of Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity. BS 209 Luiz Pessoa returned to talk about his new  The Entangled Brain: How Perception, Cognition, and Emotion Are Woven Together. BS 210 Basics of Neurotransmitters: a detailed introduction to neurotransmitters and the importance of receptor proteins. BS 211 Seth Grant returned for a record 6th time. We reviewed his career and discussed recent discoveries about how synaptic proteins change as we age. Grant is my favorite guest because he makes complex ideas accessible to listeners of all backgrounds. BS 212 (Encore) Thomas Metzinger, PhD, author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. BS 213 Kevin J Mitchell, PhD returned to talk about his new book Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for the FREE episode transcript. Announcements:
    This is the last scheduled episode of Brain Science, but all episodes will continue to be available. Free content includes all review episodes, encore episodes and all episodes since December 2016. The entire back catalogue of Brain Science is available to Premium MyLibysn subscribers. This includes episode transcripts. Patreon supporters will continue to have access more recent transcripts and other content. The mobile called Brain Science Podcast remains free and MyLibsyn Premium subscribers can use it to access transcripts and other premium content. Please sign up for the the free Brain Science Newsletter Get updates about new content Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain" Just text brainscience to 55444 to sign up.
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    • 52 min
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    Kevin Mitchell, author of "Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will"

    Kevin Mitchell, author of "Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will"

    In the this episode of Brain Science we talk with neuroscientist Kevin Mitchell about his new book Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will. While many neuroscientists and philosophers argue that free will is an illusion, Mitchell argues that the ability to make meaningful choices is part of our evolutionary heritage. He also addresses the important issue of determinism, siding with those physicists who argue that the fundamental nature of our universe is NOT deterministic. These issues are crucial to how we see ourselves and others.
    Links and References:
    Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will by Kevin J. Mitchell  Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution by Carlo Rovelli Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are by Kevin J. Mitchell Mitchell discusses this book in BS 159. Kevin Mitchell, PhD (Trinity College Dublin) Mitchell's blog Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.
    Announcements:
    Please note: there will be no episode of Brain Science in November 2023. We will return with the 17th Annual Review episode on December 15. Please FOLLOW the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube. The mobile app has been updated and is now called Brain Science Podcast. The app is free and MyLibsyn Premium subscribers can use it to access transcripts and other premium content. Dr. Campbell moved to Auckland, New Zealand in August 2023. Please reach out if you live in New Zealand or Australia. Please subscribe or follow Brain Science in your favorite audio app and please share it with others. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain ScienceNewsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at https://brainsciencepodcast.com/premium
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    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 26 min
    212 FREE Episode Transcript

    212 FREE Episode Transcript

    This is the FREE Transcript for BS 212 with is an encore presentation of an interview with Thomas Metzinger, author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self.
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    Thomas Metzinger on "The Ego Tunnel"

    Thomas Metzinger on "The Ego Tunnel"

    This month's episode of Brain Science features Thomas Metzinger, author of "The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self." Metzinger is a philosopher with a longstanding interest in Philosophy of Mind with a focus on incorporating the findings of neuroscience. We discuss the implications of the discovery that consciousness is a biological process generated by the interaction of the brain, body, and external world. Metzinger also emphasized the importance of considering altered states including dreaming, out of body experiences, and even virtual reality.
    Links and References:
    The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self, by Thomas Metzinger. Being No One: The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity, by Thomas Metzinger. Blanke, et al., "Stimulating Illusory Own-Body Perceptions," Nature, 419:269-270 (2002)   O. Blanke & T. Metzinger,"Full-Body Illusion and Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood," Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience 13(1):7-13 (2009). T. Metzinger, "Out of Body Experiences as the Origin of the Concept of a 'Soul,'"  Mind and Matter 3(1):57-84 (2005) Beyond the Body: An Investigation of Out of Body Experiences by Susan Blackmore  Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts. Announcements:
    Please FOLLOW the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube. The mobile app has been updated and is now called Brain Science Podcast. The app is free and MyLibsyn Premium subscribers can use it to access transcripts and other premium content. Dr. Campbell's arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on August 10, 2023. She is working at Tōtara Hospice. Please reach out if you live in New Zealand or Australia. Please subscribe or follow Brain Science in your favorite audio app and please share it with others. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain ScienceNewsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at https://brainsciencepodcast.com/premium
    Connect on Social Media:
    Mastodon: https://neuromatch.social/@docartemis Twitter: @docartemis Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/brainsciencepodcast Contact Dr. Campbell:
    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
803 Ratings

803 Ratings

MrsMarci ,

Science communication at its best

I’ve been listening for a few years now and have found every show to be full of great information. My son has brain damage from cranial radiation as a child and I have gleaned nuggets of helpful ideas. I love her curiosity and eagerness to always know more.

Peepsy Plum ,

What do we actually know?

As a public school teacher, I am repeatedly told that some new technique is worthwhile because it’s consistent with how the brain works. Representatives of companies come at us with amygdala and hippocampus, prefrontal decision making and brain stem automaticity, serotonin and dopamine, EKGs and fMRI evidence. But mostly it’s hogwash. Their claims amount to saying that students will improve their time running the mile if they strengthen their quads and they have just the product.

This show is a wonderfully rounded guide to brain science, appropriate for anyone who can pay attention. Dr. Campbell makes many different strands of brain science accessible, using technical vocabulary comprehensibly, which allows me to investigate fields that are relevant to me.

This has helped me build immunity to the commercial phrenology that so often tries to pass itself off as indisputable. Thank you, Ginger!

H. Wastrel ,

Brain Science for the curious and the knowledgeable

Dr. Campbell interviews authors of authoritative volumes which provide cogent overviews of specific areas of neurological research, rich with details. Fascinating stuff!

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