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.
Into the Woods... to Heal
The gentle sounds of the surf, or sweet birdsong in the trees, are more than just refreshing -- they have actual, proven power to heal the brain. Dr. David Strayer explains how our over-stressed, technologically bombarded, multi-tasking brains are restored when we immerse ourselves in nature.
Getting Into the Flow
Can you train your brain to perform better, feel happier, focus more? Stephen Kotler says you can. The bestselling author of The Art of the Impossible and Stealing Fire and founder of the Flow Research Collective, Kotler explains what's behind "flow states" and how we can all learn to harness the power of biology to reach peak performance. Learn what's going on in the brain when you're firing on all cylinders, and how to reach emotional states that are "north of happy."
Talking With Dolphins
Dolphins have large, complex brains that are a lot like the human model -- what if we could get inside their heads and communicate with them? Meet cognitive psychologist and marine mammal scientist Diana Reiss, PhD, who has been doing just that. Turns out our underwater friends have a lot going on in their brains, if only we could learn to decode it. Plus... Hear from one of the musician/scientists who fifty years ago discovered that whales produce actual songs!
Covid on the Brain
What's causing the "Covid fog" and "long-haul Covid" that have been all over the news lately? Neuropsychologist Heidi Bender, PhD, and infectious disease specialist Lish Ndhlovu, MD, PhD, explain how the virus is sneaking into the brain, what it does when it gets there, and how that affects cognition, emotions, and behavior. Plus... hear firsthand from a patient who went through the fog — and came out the other side.
Pain and fear are inevitable, especially these days, but we can retrain our brains to reduce suffering. Dr. Sara Lazar, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, reveals how just eight weeks of mindful meditation can visibly change parts of the brain to be less reactive to pain. Plus... how meditation apps put the power of mindfulness right in your hand.
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The Paradox of Dreams
More than an evolutionary waste of energy, dreams are one of the last mysteries of human cognition. Dr. Raphael Vallat, a neuroscientist and sleep researcher at UC Berkeley, explains what we know about what happens during REM sleep, why we have recurring nightmares, and even how that evening cocktail affects your dreams. Plus… the weirdest things some people do while they're asleep
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.”