Interviews with people who have a keen interest in communicating brain science or brain-related topics. Hosted by Dana Foundation executive editor Bill Glovin.
Public Mental Health and Economic Difficulties
We discuss public mental health, the economic factors associated with higher risks of depression, and how pervasive depression and anxiety appear to be in US adults during the COVID-19 era with public health specialist Catherine Ettman, director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. Ettman’s research reveals the degree to which mass traumatic events affect the population’s mental health and who likely bears the brunt of the pandemic’s mental health toll. Follow Ettman’s work and learn more about mental health at the BU School of Public Health website: https://www.bu.edu/sph/.
Podcast transcript: https://on.dana.org/cbs-transcript-ettman
Follow Ettman at BU School of Public Health: https://www.bu.edu/sph/
Ettman et al. JAMA article discussed in the episode: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2770146
Ettman et al. JECH article on financial stressors and higher depression: https://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2020/12/04/jech-2020-215213
Resources for those in crisis: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
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The Sound Explorer
Northwestern neuroscientist Nina Kraus discusses the effect that music has on brain development and education, her path to research, and her lab's extraordinary website, brainvolts.northwestern.edu
Keeping Fit During COVID-19
A discussion on staying physically active through this period of social isolation and self-quarantine with Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the New York University Center for Neural Science and author of "Healthy Brain, Happy Life." Her work focuses on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities.
International Neuroethics Society Incoming President Nita Farahany
Nita Farahany, Duke University law and philosophy professor and founding director of Duke Science & Society (scienceandsociety.duke.edu/), discusses what the International Neuroethics Society hopes to accomplish under her watch as its new president, her experience on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/about.html), and what it means to be a Duke basketball fan.
Your Brain on Improv
Cognitive neuroscientist Heather Berlin and standup comedian Chuck Nice team to explain the mechanisms in the brain that allows you to think and act spontaneously in your everyday life—or in the spotlight.
The Man with the Plan
Acclaimed neurosurgeon Neal Kassell, former co-chair of the neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and founder and chair of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, discusses a revolutionary early stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology with the potential to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more, and how Joe Biden, John Grisham, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation have showed their support.