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 Neurological Surgery

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    • 4.6 • 133 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.

    Coming Soon - The Incredible Shrinking Attention Span

    Coming Soon - The Incredible Shrinking Attention Span

    Is the deluge of digital media killing our ability to focus? Psychologist Gloria Mark explains how we are shaped by what we pay attention to – and why today’s short snippets of everything are reinforcing short attention spans.
    For more information, transcripts, and all episodes, please visit https://thisisyourbrain.com 
     

    • 1 min
    Near Death Experiences (reprise)

    Near Death Experiences (reprise)

    Near-death experiences may seem like the stuff of supermarket tabloids, but there are real patterns to what people report after coming close to departing this life.   Dr. Bruce Greyson has been studying near-death experiences  for decades and has stories to tell about out-of-body phenomena, that light at the end of the tunnel, and a near-universal finding of new meaning in life after coming close to death. Plus... a glimpse of what happens to your brain after death. For more information, transcripts, and all episodes, please visit https://thisisyourbrain.com
    For more about Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, please visit https://neurosurgery.weillcornell.org

    • 24 min
    Game Changer - A Concussion Revolution (reprise)

    Game Changer - A Concussion Revolution (reprise)

    The impact of mild traumatic brain injury extends far beyond the gridiron – concussions can happen anywhere, including playing fields, bike paths, and war zones. Kenneth Kutner, PhD, who specializes in head injuries and has been the team neuropsychologist for the New York Giants for 30 seasons, joins us to talk about what the latest research has revealed about concussion and how it affects physical health and cognitive function. From the military to the NFL, and even in the corporate boardroom, this invisible injury is finally emerging from the shadows. Plus… why don’t woodpeckers get concussions?

    • 28 min
    Do Our Dogs Really Love Us ?

    Do Our Dogs Really Love Us ?

    Dogs and the humans who cherish them have a unique bond unlike any other. We wonder all too often, do our dogs love us as much as we love them? What are they really thinking? Are we projecting our own feelings onto t​hese treasured family members in trying to understand them?
    In this  "classic" episode first released in 2020, Emory University neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns, discusses some of his extraordinary findings.   After spending years using MRI imaging technology to study the human brain, he then used this same approach to study dogs’ brains. It turns out that our furry friends are much smarter than we thought!
    For more information, transcripts, and all episodes, please visit https://thisisyourbrain.com
    For more about Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, please visit https://neurosurgery.weillcornell.org

    • 33 min
    Music’s Powerful Impact on the Brain

    Music’s Powerful Impact on the Brain

    In this classic episode recorded live at the Juilliard School in the fall of 2019 Dr. Stieg visits with world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming - a leading advocate for research and public education on the therapeutic power of music to heal the mind. Music’s psychological and neurological impact can help people suffering with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders, and even restore speech after a stroke. Fleming also explores the brain’s incredible musical memory mechanism and why learning and healing through song can be so transformative.
     https://reneefleming.com/
    For more information, transcripts, and all episodes, please visit https://thisisyourbrain.com
    For more about Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, please visit https://neurosurgery.weillcornell.org 

    • 24 min
    Controlled Hallucination

    Controlled Hallucination

    What world do you live in? You may think your experience of life comes from the outside, with your brain processing sensory information as it's received. Anil Seth, professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience at the University of Sussex in England, takes a different view. Tune in as Dr. Seth explains how your brain is actually creating your reality, not just interpreting it. Plus... why the brain is a "prediction machine," and how anesthesia is more like death than sleep.
    For more information, transcripts, and all episodes, please visit https://thisisyourbrain.com
    For more about Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, please visit https://neurosurgery.weillcornell.org 

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

g3423 ,

learning experience

I learn so much with every episode. Simple a great podcast. Thank you, Doctor.

rosallea ,

Fascinating!!!

Well executed. current , insightful and interesting. I’m getting a lot from listening . Thank you

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.

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