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A podcast about the neuroscience of everything. From neurologists, researchers, and public health advocates Drs. Ayesha and Dean Sherzai, explore every aspect of our world through a neuroscientific lens, with science-based stories, interviews, anecdotes, and brain health facts. Equip yourself with neurologically sound answers to life’s everyday health questions and learn the essentials of brain health and optimization, one topic at a time.

Your Brain On Drs. Ayesha and Dean Sherzai

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    • 4.9 • 213 Ratings

A podcast about the neuroscience of everything. From neurologists, researchers, and public health advocates Drs. Ayesha and Dean Sherzai, explore every aspect of our world through a neuroscientific lens, with science-based stories, interviews, anecdotes, and brain health facts. Equip yourself with neurologically sound answers to life’s everyday health questions and learn the essentials of brain health and optimization, one topic at a time.

    Your Brain On... Presidential Aging

    Your Brain On... Presidential Aging

    The U.S. is set to have its oldest President ever. Should we be worried, or are we thinking about aging the wrong way?
    The unprecedented age of the two United States presidential candidates, Biden and Trump, has sparked fiery debates over whether a leader can be ‘too old’ to effectively run a country.
    Our guest for this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Charan Ranganath, recently published a New York Times op-ed offering an alternative view: age itself may not be a useful metric for measuring how successfully a president might lead the nation.
    In this episode of ‘Your Brain On’, we discuss:
    • The different types of memory, and how they work
    • How our brains can remain more resilient than is often thought in older age
    • Historic figures who have made significant contributions to the world during their twilight years
    • The inspiring power of our cognitive reserve
    We’re also joined by longevity expert Dan Buettner, renowned for his work on ‘The Blue Zones’ — parts of the world with longer life expectancy — for a conversation about why having an older leader might not be an inherently bad thing.
    This is the SEASON ONE FINALE of Your Brain On. Thank you so much for listening! We return in May 2024 with ten more exhilarating stories about the world through a neuroscientific lens.
    ‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neuroscientists and public health advocates Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
    ‘Your Brain On... Presidential Aging’ • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 10
    Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and celebrated author, who Dr. Charan Ranganath mentioned during our conversation, sadly passed away the week before we recorded this episode. We dedicate this episode to his memory, and his work.
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    LINKS
    Dr. Charan Ranganath
    His website: https://charanranganath.com/
    His new book, ‘Why We Remember’: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/705542/why-we-remember-by-charan-ranganath-phd/ 
    At UC Davis: https://psychology.ucdavis.edu/people/charan  
    Dan Buettner
    His website: https://danbuettner.com/
    Blue Zones: https://www.bluezones.com/ 
    On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danbuettner 
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    • 33 min
    Your Brain On... Cardio

    Your Brain On... Cardio

    A healthier heart equals a healthier brain — no surprise there — but what’s the neuroscience behind the benefits of a cardio workout?
    Cardiovascular exercise, be it a brisk stroll, a light jog, or an intense interval training session, releases neurotransmitters that can improve your mood, reduce stress, enhance your memory, and strengthen immunity.
    In this episode of ‘Your Brain On’, we discuss:
    • How your brain and your body respond to increasingly challenging aerobic workouts
    • The neurochemistry of phenomena like ‘feeling the burn’ and ‘runner’s high’
    • How the protein BDNF, triggered by exercise, can reverse the effects of aging and cognitive decline
    • Ways to integrate more cardio exercise into your life, no matter which hurdles each day brings
    We speak to Dr. John Ratey, author of ‘Spark’, widely celebrated as one of THE go-to books about how exercise benefits the brain. He shares the story that led him to write the book, about a school which favored fitness over sports skills in its PE classes and subsequently ranked amid the smartest schools in the world.
    We’re also joined by Dr. Art Kramer, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health at Northeastern University, who dismisses the idea that you can be ‘too old to exercise’.
    And we invite anti-influencer and social media personality Erin Azar, AKA Mrs. Space Cadet, to the show, to talk about how her videos, which show the less glamorous side of running and exercise, went viral and spawned a community of nearly one-million followers.
    ‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neuroscientists and public health advocates Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
    ‘Your Brain On... Cardio • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 9
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    LINKS
    Our ‘Mastering Memory’ training webinar: https://thebraindocs.com/memory/ 
    Dr. John Ratey
    Website and books: https://www.johnratey.com/ 
    Dr. Art Kramer
    At Northeastern University College of Science: https://cos.northeastern.edu/people/art-kramer/ 
    Erin Azar, “Mrs. Space Cadet”
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/immrsspacecadet
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mrs.space.cadet 
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    Website: TheBrainDocs.com
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    • 34 min
    Your Brain On... Alzheimer’s

    Your Brain On... Alzheimer’s

    How does Alzheimer’s alter the brain, and how do we create a future without the disease?
    Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, threatens to single-handedly collapse our healthcare systems. But our knowledge of how to prevent it is stronger than ever.
    In this episode of ‘YOUR BRAIN ON’, we discuss:
    • The power of stories and the importance of community for finding comfort and confidence following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis
    • What we know about preventing cognitive decline through brain-healthy living
    • The neurochemistry of how Alzheimer’s physically changes the brain
    • Genetic predisposition to neurodegenerative diseases, and why women have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s
    • Why we should approach brain health in the same way we approach heart health
    We’re joined by Dr. Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and writer of ‘Still Alice’, a book which allows the reader to step into the shoes of a woman experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s. ‘Still Alice’ was adapted into a feature film, for which Julianne Moore won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2015. Lisa talks to us about how stories can help us find a sense of hope and empathy in the face of ‘scary’ diagnoses.
    Dr. Charles DeCarli, Director of the the University of California Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, explains a broad range of Alzheimer’s risk factors — from amyloid and tau proteins to cardiovascular diseases — and offers advice on thinking about brain health as part of the body’s wider functionality, not a standalone system.
    And Dr. Lisa Mosconi, neuroscientist, educator, and author of ‘The Menopause Brain’, highlights how the hormonal shifts caused by menopause contribute to a higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s in women, and unpacks the controversial history and potential future of hormone replacement therapy.
    ‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neuroscientists and public health advocates Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
    ‘Your Brain On... ADHD • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 8
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    LINKS
    Lisa Genova:
    Website and books: https://www.lisagenova.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorlisagenova
     
    Lisa Mosconi:
    Website: https://www.lisamosconi.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr_mosconi
    Book, ‘The Menopause Brain’: https://www.amazon.com/Menopause-Brain-Transition-Knowledge-Confidence/dp/0593541243
     
    Dr. Charles DeCarli at UC Davis Health: https://health.ucdavis.edu/medical-center/team/639/charles-decarli---neurology---dementia---alzheimer-s-disease-sacramento/
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    • 1 hr
    Your Brain On... Being A Woman

    Your Brain On... Being A Woman

    Are there differences between the brains of women and men?
    In this episode of Your Brain On, we explore the unique aspects of the female brain, and how the male-biased history of medical science has left us with enormous gaps in our knowledge of women’s distinctive neurology.
    We discuss:
    • The striking uniformity in the structure of the female and male brain
    • The possible physiological and sociological reasons why women have a higher risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s
    • The recent progress that’s been made in making neuroscientific studies more inclusive
    • What current research says about Hormone Replacement Therapy, a common treatment for postmenopausal drops in neuroprotective hormones
    We’re joined by Dr. Margaret McCarthy, James & Carolyn Frenkil Endowed Dean's Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, renowned for her research into the neuroscience of sex differences, and Dr. Lise Eliot, Professor of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
    ‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neurologists, scientists and public health advocates, Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
    ‘Your Brain On... Being A Woman • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 7
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    LINKS
    Dr. Margaret McCarthy’s website: https://www.mccarthylab.com/
    Dr. Lise Eliot at Rosalind Franklin University: https://www.rosalindfranklin.edu/academics/faculty/lise-eliot/ 
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    • 23 min
    Your Brain On... ADHD

    Your Brain On... ADHD

    What actually is ADHD? What caused the sharp increase in cases? How does diagnosis work?
    ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 60 years ago, it wasn’t mentioned at all in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Now, it’s one of the most broadly-discussed disorders in the world. 
    In this episode of ‘Your Brain On’, we discuss: 
    • What’s distinct about the brains of people with ADHD
    • The past, present, and future of ADHD diagnosis
    • How social media has simultaneously crushed mental health stigmas AND contributed to a dangerous trend of misguided self-diagnosis
    Clinical psychologist Dr. Nicole Barile, who's known on social media for debunking trending neuroscience mistruths, joins us to discuss how online misinformation and cultural disparities have caused a paradoxical overdiagnosis and underdiagnosis of ADHD. Nicole also explains ADHD’s overlap with other disorders, and how such comorbidities can make diagnosis challenging.
    Dr. Margaret Sibley elaborates on the diagnosis disparity between various communities and demographics, unpacks what we know about how genetics and environment affect the prevalence of ADHD, and further ponders the relationship between social media discourse and the rising pervasiveness of ADHD. Margaret is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She also details the current interventions for ADHD, and shares what she’s excited about for the future of the disorder’s treatment.
    And we speak to Ari Tuckman, a clinical psychologist specializing in diagnosing and treating people with ADHD, about the disorder’s subtypes, how ADHD affects children and adults differently, and why management can be just as important as treatment. 
    ‘Your Brain On’ is hosted by neuroscientists and public health advocates Ayesha and Dean Sherzai.
    ‘Your Brain On... ADHD’ • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 6
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    LINKS
    Nicole’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feedyourmental 
    Nicole’s website: https://www.feedyourmental.com/
    Margaret’s website: https://www.margaretsibley.com/ 
    Ari’s website: https://tuckmanpsych.com/
    Ari’s book, Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD: https://adultadhdbook.com/ 
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    • 33 min
    Your Brain On... Lobotomies

    Your Brain On... Lobotomies

    From trepanning to Neuralink, we’ve always been curious about operating on our brains — for better or worse.
    Tens of thousands of people were lobotomized before the practice began to decline in the 1950s.
    The era of lobotomies is one of the darkest chapters in medical history. Many of the period’s missteps can guide how we think about healthcare ethics today, and in the future.
    In this episode of Your Brain On, we discuss:
    • The origins of lobotomies, and how they became so prevalent in spite of their tragic consequences
    • How evolving medical knowledge and technology led to their obsolescence
    • Whether we’re about to make the same mistakes, as brain-machine interfaces like Neuralink promise a new generation of cognitive enhancement
    We speak to Dr. Warren Boling about the historic context of lobotomies, how the procedure scored one of the most controversial Nobel Prize awards of all time, and what’s coming next for neurosurgical technology. Warren is a renowned neurosurgeon and director of the dept. of neurosurgery at Loma Linda University. He specializes in epilepsy surgery.
    We’re also joined by ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan, for a fascinating talk about the past, present, and future of medical ethics. Arthur is the founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health in New York City.
    ‘Your Brain On... Lobotomies’ • SEASON 1 • EPISODE 5
    LINKS
    Dr. Warren Boling at Loma Linda: https://lluh.org/provider/boling-warren
    Dr. Arthur Caplan at NYU: https://med.nyu.edu/faculty/arthur-l-caplan
    Dr. Arthur Caplan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArthurCaplan 
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

Roydawg12345 ,

Love the brain docs

I started following the docs about 2 years ago and absolutely loved the webinars I watched. Just found this podcast and am super excited to catch up! Already enjoyed episode one and the transition from 21 day habits to 66 day average new habits. I am in the way later camp so it makes me feel a little better.

Jamest77vb ,

Great podcast-not too confusing

I was looking for a podcast on brains (i know, kinda weird and specific), and stumbled across this pod. I thought at first it could be confusing and long but it’s perfect length and easy to understand. I hope this podcast continues on.

bsbrown ,

Your brain on Alzheimer’s

Fascinating and informative. Highly recommend this podcast.

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