17 episodes

Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

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    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

    Focus - When We Love Dogs

    Focus - When We Love Dogs

    How do you know if your dog really loves you? What’s happening in a dog’s brain when they’re with their favourite human? And how can close human-dog bonds help people, and dogs, heal from trauma?  

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she uncovers the history of the dog-human relationship; from scientific proof that our dogs love us to the genetics of dog sociability, and a look at the healing relationship between a dog and their person. 

    With special thanks to Beth, Emma the dog, and Clive Wynne     

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    • 28 min
    How We Love

    How We Love

    What is love? What's happening in our brains when we're falling for someone? And why are we wired for forming deep, meaningful connections? 

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist and love expert Dr Anna Machin as she unpicks the neuroscience of love, from the genetic unpinning of our strongest relationships to the neurochemicals that bond us together. Plus, the story of a couple facing the challenges of making long-distance love work.   

    With special thanks to Serafin, Megan, and Bianca Acevedo.    

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    • 36 min
    Focus - When We Sleep

    Focus - When We Sleep

    What’s happening in our brains when we sleep? Why are autistic people more likely to struggle with sleep? And how might new sleep technology help improve memory? 

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she looks at how autism affects sleep, and why devices that record brain activity could help autistic people get better rest, and everyone improve their ability to remember.  

    With special thanks to Dara Manoach and Brian Baxter.    

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    • 19 min
    How We Understand Autism

    How We Understand Autism

    What is autism? Why are autistic women and girls less likely to receive a diagnosis? And what does the science really say about the underlying causes of autism?  

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she explores autism, from the striking prevalence of eating disorders in autistic women and girls to the mental load of masking, and the relief one teen felt when she could finally be herself.    

    With special thanks to Lab, Will Mandy, and Florina Uzefovsky.   

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    • 35 min
    Focus - How We Succeed

    Focus - How We Succeed

    What’s going through the mind of an Olympic rower at the starting line? Is an athlete’s brain all that different from a non-athlete? And what lessons can we all learn from a sports mind coach? 

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she looks at the neuroscience and psychology of elite sport.  

    With special thanks to Frances Houghton, Mark Williams, and Don Macpherson.   

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    • 32 min
    How We Move

    How We Move

    How do we move? What parts of the brain control how we use our muscles? And what implanted technology is allowing people with spinal cord injuries to walk again?

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she picks apart the neuroscience of movement, from how the brain orchestrates complex tasks like playing an instrument, to a visit with the first person with a complete spinal cord injury to walk.    

    With special thanks to Michel Roccati, Mackenzie Mathis, and Tomislav Milekovic.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Great show

Fascinating content. Keep it coming!

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