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Brain Buzz makes research accessible and engaging. Join Drake and Kyle as they host talented researchers, exploring new and exciting topics in ways that will make your brain buzz!

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Brain Buzz makes research accessible and engaging. Join Drake and Kyle as they host talented researchers, exploring new and exciting topics in ways that will make your brain buzz!

    Accessing mental health care with Sir Graham Thornicroft

    Accessing mental health care with Sir Graham Thornicroft

    Sir Graham Thornicroft joins Brain Buzz to talk about accessing mental health care. If you are wanting to hear an expert on mental health care discuss: how to assess mental health disorders; how access has changed over the COVID-19 pandemic; barriers associated with living with a mental health diagnosis in the workforce and in your social life; and the appropriate steps to getting diagnosed with a mental health disorder. If you enjoy this content on mental health care please let us know as we have plans for doing more episodes in this area!

    For more information Sir Graham Thornicoft’s research: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/graham-thornicroft

    Make sure to follow us on Twitter and instagram @brainbuzzpod and to follow us on Spotify/Apple podcast to get updates when new episodes are published! Cheers :)

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    Believing Conspiracy theories with Ricky Green and Mikey Biddlestone

    Believing Conspiracy theories with Ricky Green and Mikey Biddlestone

    Do you or one of your good friends strongly believe the earth is flat? Do you believe the COVID-19 vaccines are tracking us? Are all politicians really lizard people?

    Our guests: Ricky Green and Mikey Biddlestone (two PhD students from the University of Kent) are researchers that investigate why people are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. We discuss how attachment theory can predict the likelihood of you believing in conspiracy theories. We explain what collective narcissism is and why it is seen more often among conspiracy believers. Are there any benefits to believing in conspiracy theories? What are some of the sneaky ways that conspiracy theories can convince us they are true? All this and more in this weeks episode!

    Make sure to follow us on Twitter and instagram @brainbuzzpod and to follow us on Spotify/Apple podcast to get updates when new episodes are published! Cheers :)

    • 1 hr
    DRUNK - how drinking shaped civilization

    DRUNK - how drinking shaped civilization

    Dr. Edward Slingerland from the University of British Columbia joins Brain Buzz to talk discuss his new book DRUNK! We talk about how alcohol and drinking may have shaped our modern civilization, impacted how we interact as humans, and why alcohol is so important to humans. What benefits does drinking really provide us as humans? Why would we continue to drink considering the negative consequences associated it with? Should evolution not have weeded this behaviour out already? What barriers does drinking cause in our society today? All this and more on today’s episode!

    Make sure to follow us our Twitter and instagram @brainbuzzpod and to follow us on Spotify/Apple podcast to get updates when new episodes are published! Cheers :)

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Sleep and Cognition with Dr. Lauren Whitehurst

    Sleep and Cognition with Dr. Lauren Whitehurst

    Grab a cup of coffee, take a cold shower, do what you have to do to wake yourself up! In episode 68 we got Dr. Lauren Whitehurst in the studio to talk about her work on sleep and cognition. Are you curious about what the world record for hours spent awake is? Have you ever wondered what sleep stages we go through every night and what each stage does? What exactly are microsleeps? We discuss these topics as well as Dr. Lauren Whitehurst’s research on how drugs, stress, and discrimination can significantly perturb your sleep!

    Sexual exploitation and human trafficking with Tiana Sharifi

    Sexual exploitation and human trafficking with Tiana Sharifi

    Tiana Sharifi is the founder and owner of Sexual Exploitation Education, a British Columbia based organization dedicated to raising awareness and addressing service gaps around sexual exploitation in Canada. Tiana joins Kyle and Drake to discuss the prevalence and severity of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Canada today. What constitutes sexual exploitation and human trafficking? Where is human trafficking most likely to occur and is it a problem in Canada that is worth addressing? What resources/strategies are there to combat or respond to human trafficking and sexual exploitation? Make sure to check out this episode to learn all this and more!

    Lootboxes and gambling with Gabe Brooks

    Lootboxes and gambling with Gabe Brooks

    Gabe Brooks, a returning guest from the University of British Columbia joins us to talk about the phenomenon of online gaming “Lootboxes” and the possible implications they have on imbuing problematic gambling behaviours in children and adult gamers! Why do people spend money on online lootboxes and what populations are at risk? We also discuss the future of gaming and microtransactions. If you are interested in how gambling may be related to online gaming for you, your friends, or children… check out this episode now!

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