43 episodes

In an attempt to change the way information is presented, we’ll be speaking to researchers, experts, and all round wrinkly brained individuals, making them simplify what they have to say and in turn, hopefully, improving our understanding of a broad range of topics rooted in psychology. Join us as we try to develop ourselves, one brain fold at a time.Instagram: @thesmoothbrainsociety TikTok: @thesmoothbrainsocietyYoutube: @thesmoothbrainsocietyFacebook: @thesmoothbrainsocietyThreads: @thesmoothbrainsocietyX/twitter: @smoothbrainsochttps://linktr.ee/thesmoothbrainsociety

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In an attempt to change the way information is presented, we’ll be speaking to researchers, experts, and all round wrinkly brained individuals, making them simplify what they have to say and in turn, hopefully, improving our understanding of a broad range of topics rooted in psychology. Join us as we try to develop ourselves, one brain fold at a time.Instagram: @thesmoothbrainsociety TikTok: @thesmoothbrainsocietyYoutube: @thesmoothbrainsocietyFacebook: @thesmoothbrainsocietyThreads: @thesmoothbrainsocietyX/twitter: @smoothbrainsochttps://linktr.ee/thesmoothbrainsociety

    #37. Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics - Dr. Liza Bolton

    #37. Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics - Dr. Liza Bolton

    The use of stats and throwing around numbers in conversation is incredibly common, yet statistics itself is poorly understood. Dr. Liza Bolton from @universityofauckland discusses the dark art that is statistics. Using examples, she takes us through some misconceptions and dispels the notion that numbers don’t lie. We cover how to identify the best ice cream store, how to not be fooled when stats are mischaracterized in media and politics, why we worship the nat 20 dice roll and is the...

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #36. Drugs 101: Cannabis - Professor. Tim Karl

    #36. Drugs 101: Cannabis - Professor. Tim Karl

    Professor Tim Karl of Western Sydney University. He joined to give us a basic overview into the world of cannabinoids. He spoke about what happens in our brain when we use/abuse cannabis and all the different components the plant has. This podcast covers where research is in terms of the benefits of medical marijuana, some of the concerns which people need to be aware of and how the media often misrepresents findings in this space.Support us and reach out!https://smoothbrainsociety.comInstagr...

    • 57 min
    EA #4. Atheism After Near Death Experiences - Dr. Alex Fry

    EA #4. Atheism After Near Death Experiences - Dr. Alex Fry

    Near-death experiences (NDEs) are common amongst those coming close to death and profoundly impact how they make sense of the world. Dr. Alex Fry of the University of Bournemouth draws on interviews with atheists who have had a NDE to explore whether death anxiety motivates attempts to make sense of the world and the extent to which the dominant belief systems in the UK shape their attempts to do so.Support us and reach out!https://smoothbrainsociety.comInstagram: @thesmoothbrainsocietyTikTok...

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #35. International Law and Armed Conflict - Prof. Alberto Costi

    #35. International Law and Armed Conflict - Prof. Alberto Costi

    As the term "international law" is brought up frequently in discourse these days we sat down with Professor Alberto Costi to get an introduction into international law and laws of armed conflict. We cover how international law works and how it is implemented? Who can be held accountable for breaches in international humanitarian law? Where do non-state actors fit in? The nuances within the Geneva Conventions and examples of past and present cases regarding genocide and why the current law is ...

    • 1 hr 38 min
    #34. How Virtual Reality is Reshaping Neuroscience - Dr. Chris Maymon

    #34. How Virtual Reality is Reshaping Neuroscience - Dr. Chris Maymon

    On this episode, Dr. Christopher Maymon, Head of the Virtual Reality lab at Victoria University of Wellington delves into the captivating realm of VR and emotion research. Explore with us as we dissect groundbreaking studies and innovative experiments, uncovering the intricate interplay between VR experiences and human emotions. From negative emotions like fear and disgust to the the more obscure positive emotions like awe. Dr. Maymon talks us through how VR is reshaping research and ho...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    #33. So Emotional - Assoc. Prof. Gina Grimshaw

    #33. So Emotional - Assoc. Prof. Gina Grimshaw

    Associate Professor Gina Grimshaw leads the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Victoria University of Wellington. She joins to talk about emotions and her research on how emotional states affect cognitive processes like attention, language, and executive control. Gina also gives us an intro into multiple aspects of emotions such as the association of emotions with colors and why artificial intelligence is poor at detecting emotions. Support us and reach out!https://smoothbrainso...

    • 1 hr 16 min

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