Dr. Phil Stieg, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, introduces his new podcast, which will explore different aspects of our most important and complex organ – the brain. In each episode, this world-renowned neurosurgeon will present a view into how the brain works, what can go wrong, and what we know about how to fix it. Get life-saving information and timely advice on how to live a brain-healthy life.
Making Sense of Music
Sound may be the least understood of the five senses. Neuroscientist Nina Kraus of Northwestern University takes us on a tour of how the brain processes music, and explains the lifelong benefits of music education. Find out how music can help offset the effects of poverty, and how concussion distorts music in the brain.
Plus, Why you should make your child take piano lessons.
Dr. Kraus' new book - Of Sound Mind - https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/sound-mind
Worried about dementia, depression, or the zombie apocalypse? Greg Gage, PhD, has a solution for all of these – teach more kids about neuroscience, stat. His company, Backyard Brains, makes do-it-yourself brain kits that wow students with robo-roaches, nerve takeovers, and the sounds of neurons popping. One of these aspiring neuroscientists just may save us from brain disorders some day. Plus… listen in as Gage demonstrates how to take over an unsuspecting audience member’s arm.
In Search of Creativity
True creative genius may well be the last frontier in human evolution – the only trait that can’t be replaced with technology. Dr. Robert Bilder, (Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity at UCLA) reveals what his study of artists and scientists tell us about how creative brains work, and how some creative people manage to bring their brains to the very edge of chaos without crossing into madness. Plus - Are we educating the creative genius out of our kids?
Menopause: The Change Is Gonna Come
Menopause can wreak havoc on mood and body temperature, but some of the biggest changes it causes are in the brain. Emily Jacobs, assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at UC Santa Barbara, explains how the decline in estrogen during "the change" disrupts the endocrine system. Plus: Hear from women describing the effects they experienced.
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Who Do You Trust?
Is there a "trust spot" in the brain? How do we balance the human desire to trust against the fear of betrayal? Dr. Frank Krueger, a psychologist, physicist, and neuroscientist at George Mason University, explains how our brain circuits teach us to navigate the social dilemma of who deserves our trust. Plus... why men are more trusting (and take more risks) than women, and why those with autism have so much trouble deciding whom to trust.
How Gabby Giffords Found Her Voice
After the shocking 2011 shooting that sent a would-be assassin’s bullet through her brain, former U.S. Rep. Giffords had to re-learn how to breathe, walk, and talk. In this reprise of our Season 2 premiere episode, Dr. Stieg talks with neurologic music therapist Maegan Morrow, whose innovative techniques helped Giffords “rewire” her brain and regain her voice. Bonus: Special appearance by Ms. Giffords herself.
I was so happy to hear the recent episode on menopause and brain health. As I get closer to menopause, I really appreciate hearing about what the medical and scientific communities are learning about menopause . More research is clearly needed on this very important topic!
Marijuana to treat alcohol abuse
Would like to hear an episode on this topic. Now that we know cannabinoids treat ailments because of their interaction with receptors in the human endocannabinoid system, maybe marijuana can treat alcoholism?
Informative and Engaging
I thought Dr. Laura Kolbe on the “COVID’s Invisible Bullet” episode was great.
My favorite quote from her: “I thought it would be helpful if my patients could see what my whole face looks like since they really only see this narrow bit between my mask and bouffant, so I started wearing a picture of myself on the outside of my PPE and leaving a little photo of myself so they have a feeling of who their doctor actually is.”