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From Our Neurons to Yours is a show that crisscrosses scientific disciplines to bring you to the frontiers of brain science, produced by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University. Each week, we ask leading scientists to help us understand the three pounds of matter within our skulls and how new discoveries, treatments, and technologies are transforming our relationship with the brain.

From Our Neurons to Yours Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University, Nicholas Weiler

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From Our Neurons to Yours is a show that crisscrosses scientific disciplines to bring you to the frontiers of brain science, produced by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University. Each week, we ask leading scientists to help us understand the three pounds of matter within our skulls and how new discoveries, treatments, and technologies are transforming our relationship with the brain.

    Neuroscience and AI: What artificial intelligence teaches us about the brain (and vice versa) | Surya Ganguli

    Neuroscience and AI: What artificial intelligence teaches us about the brain (and vice versa) | Surya Ganguli

    The powerful new generation of AI tools that has come out over the past few years — DALL-E, ChatGPT, Claude, Gemini, and the rest — have blown away our old ideas about what AI can do and raised questions about what it means for computers to start acting... intelligent?This week, we ask what the rise of these systems might teach us about our own biological intelligence — and vice versa. What does modern neuroscience have to say about how AI could become as flexible, efficient, and resili...

    • 27 min
    How we remember, why we forget | Anthony Wagner

    How we remember, why we forget | Anthony Wagner

    At some point in our lives, we all struggle with memory — learning a new name, remembering that book you were reading just yesterday or that word on the tip of your tongue. So what can neuroscience teach us about why we remember, why we forget, and how we might even improve our memories? To answer this question, I spoke with neuroscientist Anthony Wagner, a memory expert in Stanford's Department of Psychology.Learn MoreWagner lab websiteRecent lab publicationsAnthony's new book: Brain Science...

    • 29 min
    Psychedelics Part 2: How do drugs alter our perceptions? | Boris Heifets

    Psychedelics Part 2: How do drugs alter our perceptions? | Boris Heifets

    Today, we're going to talk about how psychedelics alter our perception of reality and what that says about... reality! Welcome to part two of our conversation with Stanford anesthesiologist and psychedelics researcher Boris Heifets! Last time, we talked with Boris about the question of why psychedelics help people with mental health disorders. This week, we're going to dive into a different question, which is to explore how psychedelics work in the brain. How are they able to alter some...

    • 23 min
    Psychedelics, placebo, and anesthetic dreams | Boris Heifets (part 1)

    Psychedelics, placebo, and anesthetic dreams | Boris Heifets (part 1)

    Psychedelics are a hot topic in psychiatry today. They’re producing dramatic reversals for patients with severe depression, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. But scientists still have fundamental questions about why these drugs are so effective. For example, is the "trip" even necessary? Some think it is not and are working to design drugs with similar brain chemistry but no psychoactive effects — “Taking the trip out of the drug.” Others suspect that many of the benefits of psy...

    • 30 min
    Why our brains are bad at climate change | Nik Sawe

    Why our brains are bad at climate change | Nik Sawe

    This week on From Our Neurons to Yours, we're talking about the neuroscience of climate change with neuroeconomist Nik Sawe.If you follow the science or the news, you know how big of a risk climate change is. Storms, coastal flooding, heat waves, extinctions, mass migration — the list goes on. But — as you can probably also appreciate — it’s really hard to properly perceive that risk. It’s much easier to focus on today’s emergency, this week’s looming deadline, this quarter’s economic forecas...

    • 23 min
    Famous & Gravy: Mind Traveler | Oliver Sacks

    Famous & Gravy: Mind Traveler | Oliver Sacks

    This week we’re doing something a little different. My good friend Michael Osborne, who produces this show also has his own podcast, called Famous & Gravy – Life Lessons from Dead Celebrities.I recently guest-hosted an episode about one of my all time scientific and writerly heros, Oliver Sacks, which we're releasing for both our audiences. I hope you enjoy!---We've concluded Season 3 of From Our Neurons to Yours! Stay tuned for more conversations from the frontiers of neuroscience in Sea...

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