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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.

    Evan Thompson: Is Mediation a "mind science?"

    Evan Thompson: Is Mediation a "mind science?"

    The idea that meditation is a "mind science" is popular, but in this interview Canadian philosopher Evan Thompson argues that this claim does not stand up to either scientific or philosophical scrutiny. As one of the pioneers of the Embodied Cognition movement Thompson reminds us that the Mind is not restricted to the Brain and we must also consider how other recent discoveries in neuroscience fail to support the claim that meditation provides neutral scientific insight into how the Mind really works.
    Links and References:
    Evan Thompson's website Why I am not a Buddhist by Evan Thompson Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience by Francisco J. Varela, Evan T. Thompson, Eleanor Rosch Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind by Evan Thompson discussed in BS 198 Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy by Evan Thompson discussed in BS 115 Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Contact Dr. Campbell if you are interested a listener meet-up or sponsoring a talk by Dr. Campbell during her trip to Europe in April 2023. 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. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    • 56 min
    How the Human Brain is Built with Bill Harris

    How the Human Brain is Built with Bill Harris

    This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with WA (Bill) Harris, author of Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built. We explore how the human brain develops from the fertilized egg up until birth. There are some surprises along the way, including the fact that we actually have more neurons before we are born than we will ever have again!
    Links and References:
    Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built by William A Harris Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts. Click here for free transcript excerpt.  
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    Please take a few minutes to complete this audience survey.
    Contact Dr. Campbell if you are interested a listener meet-up or sponsoring a talk by Dr. Campbell during her trip to Europe in April 2023. 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. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Twitter: @docartemis Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/brainsciencepodcast Contact Dr. Campbell:
    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Embodied Cognition in Education with Sheila Macrine and Jennifer Fugate

    Embodied Cognition in Education with Sheila Macrine and Jennifer Fugate

    This month's episode is a discussion with the editors of a fascinating new book Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning. We explore how embodied cognition challenges long standing dualist approaches to both cognition and learning. Sheila Macrine and Jennifer Fugate also share some of the innovative approaches that improve both how we teach and how we learn.
    Links and References:
    Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning edited by Sheila L. Macrine and Jennifer M.B. Fugate Recent episodes about Embodied Cognition: BS 193 What does it mean to say the Mind is Embodied? BS 198 Encore of interview with Evan Thompson Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Please take a few minutes to complete this audience survey.
    Contact Dr. Campbell if you are interested a listener meet-up or sponsoring a talk by Dr. Campbell during her trip to Europe in April 2023. 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. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Emotion and Culture with Batja Mesquita

    Emotion and Culture with Batja Mesquita

    This month's episode is an interview with Batja Mesquita, author of "Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions." This is an important book because it describes the evidence that Emotions are not just something people experience "from the inside out," but they also occur between people, which means that culture plays a critical role. We also explore why it is important to appreciate why people from  from different cultures may experience emotions in surprisingly different ways.
    Links and References:
    Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja Mesquita Follow her on Twitter: @batjamesquita How Emotions Are Made: The New Science of the Mind and Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett (BS 135) Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts.  
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    Please take a few minutes to complete this audience survey.
    Contact Dr. Campbell if you are interested in organizing a listener meet-up or talk by Dr. Campbell during her trip to Europe in April 2023. 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.
    Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube
    Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available)
    Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.)
    Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations

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    Twitter: @docartemis Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/brainsciencepodcast Contact Dr. Campbell:
    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Free Episode Transcript with Evan Thompson

    Free Episode Transcript with Evan Thompson

    This is a free transcript for BS 198 with Evan Thompson, author of "Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind." Since this is an encore episode the transcript if being provided for free to give a sample of the content available to Premium subscribers.
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    Embodied Cognition with Evan Thompson

    Embodied Cognition with Evan Thompson

    This month's episode of Brain Science is a free encore playing of my interview with Evan Thompson about his book Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind. We discuss how the enactive approach to embodied cognition offers potential clues to the mystery of how the brain can generate Consciousness. A free episode transcript is also available.
    This is the 2nd of two free encore episodes that are being shared to give listeners a taste of the diverse content available to Premium subscribers. Premium subscribers have access to over 100 additional episodes of Brain Science along with episode transcripts.
    The embodied cognition movement is an approach within cognitive neuroscience that includes philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists and computer scientists. The key idea is that cognition, which includes thinking and decision-making, is inseparable from embodiment. This is not just because it requires sensory inputs to the brain, but also because moving in the world is a key component. Thus embodied cognition does not see this as a passive input/output process, but as something that requires constant interaction with the world via the body.
    Links and References:
    Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind by Evan Thompson The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience by Francisco J. Varela, Evan T. Thompson, Eleanor Rosch Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy by Evan Thompson (follow-up interview BSP 115) Evan Thompson, PhD, University of British Columbia Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for additional references and episode transcripts. Please Visit Our Sponsors:
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    Submit audio feedback to be part of BS 200! Please visit brainsciencepodcast.com and let me know what you think of the updated website. Get free gift "5 Things You Need to Know about YOUR Brain when you sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month. You can also text brainscience to 55444 to sign up. Check out the Brain Science podcast channel on YouTube  Support Brain Science by buying Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Virginia "Ginger" Campbell, MD. (Autographed copies are available) Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows. (It's a great way to get both new episodes and premium content.) Learn more ways to support Brain Science at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
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    Email: brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

    • 56 min

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Dr. Campbell has interviews some of the greatest minds trying to understand our brains and our humanity! She builds her interviews in a carefully organized crescendo so scientists and authors bring out illuminating answers.

Throughout the years, she has shared findings, trends , and challenges of neuroscience that bring insight to our thinking, doing,, and feeling. It’s knowledge everyone should have!

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Unlike many a podcast, her content is enduring: it will continue to be relevant if not in its accuracy, at the very least as a way to see the scientific method in action: how scientists make observations, generate hypotheses, test them and come up with theories, adjust them, discard them, and start anew.

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