100 episodes

This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg provides a fascinating look into the human brain, with each episode asking new questions — and finding new answers — about our most mysterious organ. Together with his expert guests, Dr. Stieg takes us on a journey that reveals unexpected secrets at every turn, and redefines what we know about ourselves and our place in the world.

The podcast explores the many fascinating aspects of neuroscience, ranging from how the brain is wired for both sudden bursts of violence and the pervasive inner calm of meditation. Where does confidence come from? How do we remember traumatic events – or do we? How do other animals experience consciousness? Does storytelling change our brains?

Take the journey with us as we explore the very foundation of what makes us human.

This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 115 Ratings

This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg provides a fascinating look into the human brain, with each episode asking new questions — and finding new answers — about our most mysterious organ. Together with his expert guests, Dr. Stieg takes us on a journey that reveals unexpected secrets at every turn, and redefines what we know about ourselves and our place in the world.

The podcast explores the many fascinating aspects of neuroscience, ranging from how the brain is wired for both sudden bursts of violence and the pervasive inner calm of meditation. Where does confidence come from? How do we remember traumatic events – or do we? How do other animals experience consciousness? Does storytelling change our brains?

Take the journey with us as we explore the very foundation of what makes us human.

    Left Brain, Right Brain - or BOTH?

    Left Brain, Right Brain - or BOTH?

    The hemispheres of the brain are responsible for different views of the world - one literal, narrow-beam, and maybe a little angry, and the other broad-minded, nuanced, and appreciative of beauty. Psychiatrist, philosopher, and literary scholar Iain McGilchrist has spent his career studying how the two hemispheres of the brain work, together and separately, to forge our understanding of our world. https://channelmcgilchrist.com/
    Plus...the curious case of Mr. Phineas Gage.

    • 29 min
    Finding Your Soul in Ice

    Finding Your Soul in Ice

    Extreme athlete Wim Hof has set records for immersion in icy water, and he recommends it for physical and mental health. Find out why his wife's suicide drove Hof to master controlled hyperventilation -- in breathtaking cold -- to become happy, strong, and healthy. (Everything else, he'll tell you, is BS.) Surprisingly, heart and brain science just may support the Wim Hof Method.
      http://www.wimhofmethod.com/
    Plus...contrasting ice and fire, with a firewalking story courtesy of Jim Metzner www.pulseplanet.com  
     

    • 26 min
    Everybody Dance Now!

    Everybody Dance Now!

    Dancer and neuroscientist Julia Basso, PhD, wants us all to dance -- together or separately, it's all good. Dancing with a partner creates a synchrony that's remarkably like that between a mother and infant, and even dancing alone benefits body and brain alike. Find out how dance produces new neurons and engages brain processes, and why it is that joyful movement optimizes brain function. Plus... Dance for Parkinson's Disease!
    https://www.juliabasso.com/home
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    • 25 min
    Making Sense of Music (reprise)

    Making Sense of Music (reprise)

    This week, a reprise of one of our most popular episodes from Season 2 -
    Sound may be the least understood of the five senses, with music the most mysterious of all. 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 the perception of music in the brain. Plus… Why you really should make your child take piano lessons!
    https://brainvolts.northwestern.edu/ 

    • 24 min
    The Healing Power of Grief

    The Healing Power of Grief

    Our brain pathways are designed to get us through life’s traumas, as painful and debilitating as they are. Neurologist Lisa Shulman, MD, joins us this week to talk about how to make sense of grief, how trauma interrupts the connection between the cognitive and emotional parts of the brain, and how the brain learns to consolidate traumatic experiences and allow us to move forward. Plus… humans are not the only creatures to feel grief – hear how other animals experience loss.
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    • 27 min
    The Scent of a Memory

    The Scent of a Memory

    Smell is our most evocative sense, with instant associations with emotions and memories. Cognitive neuroscientist Rachel Herz, PhD, explains why she loves the stink of a skunk, why a blow to the head can kill off your sense of smell, and how you get a new nose every month. Plus… why stores, hotels, and other brands create signature scents. https://rachelherz.com/
     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Wishitate ,

I absolutely love this podcast!

Dr. Steig brings curiosity, intellectual rigor, and genuine humanity to all interviews. The experts who come on the show speak well with knowledge, compassion and a sense of purpose. This is one of my favorite podcasts.

hHelennn ,

Finally !

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!

NYC mom_Tribeca ,

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?

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