57 episodes

Circle of Willis is a podcast for and about the scientists, authors, journalists, and even a few mystics, who make and communicate science for all of us. Circle of Willis is brought to you by the Virginia Audio Collective at WTJU 91.1 FM and Brown Residential College at the University of Virginia.

Circle of Willis Jim Coan

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    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

Circle of Willis is a podcast for and about the scientists, authors, journalists, and even a few mystics, who make and communicate science for all of us. Circle of Willis is brought to you by the Virginia Audio Collective at WTJU 91.1 FM and Brown Residential College at the University of Virginia.

    30: The Fear Factor with Abigail Marsh

    30: The Fear Factor with Abigail Marsh

    A discussion about the role of fear and emotional recognition in our understanding of altruism and psychopathy. Dr. Abigail Marsh is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgetown University and the author of The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    29: Avoidance

    29: Avoidance

    What is the impact of avoiding emotions that we might code as unpleasant or difficult? This episode explores the key role that avoidance plays in psychopathology and the importance of confronting discomfort for mental health. Dr. David Barlow, a pioneer of modern Exposure Therapy, and Dr. Steven Hayes, the developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), provide expert interviews on their experience with this paradigm, both professional and personal.

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    This episode features the music of Blue Dot Sessions.

    Special thanks to Kaylyn Feeley, Ashley Park, and Omega Ilijevich for production assistance!

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    • 58 min
    28 : Jim Coan

    28 : Jim Coan

    Content Warning : Mentions of Domestic Violence and Childhood Poverty

    Today's episode features a conversation with our show founder and host, Dr. Jim Coan!

    In addition to hosting Circle of Willis, Jim is a Professor of Psychology at UVa, where he directs the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Lab. He is also the principal of Brown Residential College.

    Circle of Willis is about to undergo a lot of developmental changes as we adapt our production over the next several months. It seemed like a perfect time to interview Jim to cap off the initial phase of this show! His story is one of struggle and triumph, and is a rarity in upper academia. Hopefully you are intrigued and inspired just as much as we are by this conversation with Jim Coan - as well as the greater context clips of his younger sister Sandra provides.

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    Circle of Willis is a production of the Virginia Audio Collective at WTJU 91.1 FM and Brown Residential College at the University of Virginia.

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    • 33 min
    Preview : Jim Coan

    Preview : Jim Coan

    Coming Monday, December 26th we interview our host Jim Coan about his unique path to academia.

    • 42 sec
    27 : Alan Lightman

    27 : Alan Lightman

    Today's episode features a recent conversation with physicist and writer Alan Lightman during his visit to Brown College at the University of Virginia in October 2022.

    Dr. Lightman's prominent work in both science and the humanities challenges the divide between fields and he discusses his approach of both disciplines through a creative lens. Eventually, we get a little taste of what he does best - demonstrating the innate poetry of what we know, and don't know, about our universe. Are scientific and artistic pursuits really so different in their motivation?

    Alan Lightman presently serves as Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His new docu-series Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science will premiere on January 7th, 2023 on public television stations and stream online at PBS.org.

    CircleOfWillisPodcast.com Check us out on Twitter and Instagram for more content.

    Circle of Willis is a production of the Virginia Audio Collective at WTJU 91.1 FM and Brown Residential College at the University of Virginia.

    Find out more at http://circleofwillispodcast.com

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 30 min
    Preview : Alan Lightman

    Preview : Alan Lightman

    Coming on Monday, December 12th, a conversation with Alan Lightman about finding a creative outlet through physics and writing!

    • 42 sec

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

weathersystems ,

One of the best science podcasts I’ve found.

Doesn’t talk down to the audience. Host is great and knowledgeable. My only complaint is that there aren’t more episodes. Thanks for making these.

MORE VACATION LESS HBO & CABLE ,

On the edge of my seat for the next episode!

I found this podcast when I was looking for interviews with Lisa Feldman Barrett, lucky me ! Of course, LFB connects with spectacular humans.

This podcast spiked my curiosity & touched my soul 🎙️💕🧠🙌🏽✨on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode!

Thank you Jim for sharing your story, the timing was divine!

SaveMoneyTravelWriteBooks ,

Gold standard for podcasts

Consistently brilliant, funny, inspiring, and heart warming.

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