Philosopher Patricia Churchland talks about Conscience
Patricia Churchland with FarleyPhoto by Chris Johnson This month marks the return of popular Brain Science guest Dr. Patricia Churchland (BS 55 and BS 81). We talk about her new book, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition. This book is a great combination of up to date neuroscience and critical thinking. It is recommended for listeners of all backgrounds. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Coming soon: Episode transcriptPremium Subscribers have unlimited access to ALL old episodes and transcripts, as well as extra content for selected...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - June 28, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Neuroscience Philosophy of Mind Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

"Remembering" with Donald Mackay (BS 157)
Donald Mackay (click to play interview)This month ’s episode of Brain Sciencefeatures Dr. Donald Mackay, author of Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works. H.M. may have been the most studied patient in history, but Mackay's work uncovers some surprising discoveries about the role of the hippocampus in language, as well as important implications for the aging brain.How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Coming Soon: Episode Transcript — delayed by illnessPremium Subscribers have unlimi...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - May 24, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Cognitive Science Interviews Language Memory Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Can fMRI Read Your Mind? (BS 156 with Russ Poldrack)
Russell Poldrack (click to play audio) This month’s episode of Brain Science is an interview with Stanford psychologist Russell A Poldrack, author of The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts. We talk about the principles of how fMRI works and how new methods are overcoming some of the problems from the early days in the field. Because Dr. Poldrack has been in the field since its infancy, he is uniquely placed to give us both an overview of the history and an analysis of its progress. We emphasize several important principles that must be honored in orde...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - April 26, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books brain imaging Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Psychology Source Type: podcasts

Neuroscience and AI with Paul Middlebrooks (BS 155)
Paul Middlebrooks host of Brain-Inspired podcast BS 155 is an interview with neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks, host of the Brain-Inspired podcast. We explore the main theme of his show, which is the intersection between neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI).We explore topics such as Deep Learning and the challenges of interdisciplinary science. Neural nets and other forms of AI may be inspired by real neurons, but they are actually very different. On the other hand the scientists working AI have developed techniques for dealing with large amounts of data. These techniques have pot...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - March 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Artificial Intelligence Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Successful Aging with psychologist Alan Castel (BS 154)
Alan Castel (Click to Play interview) BS 154 is an interview with Dr. Alan Castel, author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. In the past we have discussed how our brain changes as we age, but it turns out successful aging requires more than "good genes." Our attitudes and our behaviors have a huge impact. More importantly, it is never too early to begin preparing for successful aging. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Buy Episode Transcript for $3. [Free for Premium subscribers]Premium Subscribers have unlim...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - February 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Interviews Memory Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Understanding the Brain with John Dowling (BS 153)
John E Dowling (click to play, right click to download mp3) Episode 153 of Brain Science is an interview with Harvard neuroscientist John Dowling. We talk about his latest book Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition with a special focus on vision. I first featured Dr. Dowling’s work back in BSP 4 and I am making this episode available as free extra content for users of the free Brain Science mobile app.Understanding the Brain is a book intended for students in other disciplines who want to get an overview of neuroscience. Meanwhile, those who are interested in more ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - January 25, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

12th Annual Review Episode (BSP 152)
Discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson.AnnouncementsBrain Science is now available in Pandora.Unfortunately I have decided to cancel the trip to Australia that I had planned for May 2019 because too few listeners signed up.There will be some changes in Premium and Patreon subscriptions in January 2019:Premium subscribers have unlimited access to the entire back catalog of Brain Science podcasts, as well as transcripts,  and Facebook Live audio.The new Premium rates will be $8.49 per month, $48 for six months, and $92 for a year. Current sub...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - December 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research Emotion Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Neuroscience of Emotion (BS 151)
Click image to play audio BS 151 is a discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. We talk about key ideas from the book and relate them to several previous episodes about emotion including interviews with Jaak Panksepp, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Luis Pessoa. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Episode Transcript [Buy for $2] [Free for Premium and Patreon supporters]Premium Subscribers have unlimited access to ALL old episodes and transcripts, as well as extra content ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - November 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Emotion Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Explore the Synaptome with Seth Grant (BS 150)
Seth Grant (click image to play interview) Dr. Seth Grant, director of the Genes To Cognition project in the UK, has been studying the molecular biology of the synapse for decades. This month marks his fourth appearance on Brain Science (BS 150). In his latest interview we discuss the findings of his latest paper in Neuron, and he also provides an overview of how this paper fits into his larger body of work. Longtime listeners will appreciate this update, but the material is also accessible to new listeners of all backgrounds.In earlier work Grant and his team discovered that vertebrate synapses ar...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - October 26, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Evolution Brain Research Interviews learning Memory Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Dean Burnett, author of "Happy Brain" (BS 149)
Dean Burnett (Click to play interview) Dr. Dean Burnett from Cardiff Wales enjoys sharing neuroscience with his unique sense of humor. In his first book Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up, he debunked several myths about the power of the human brain. In his new book Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why Burnett takes us beyond oversimplifications, such as “dopamine causes happiness,” and explores the complex role that things like humor and fame play in our lives. This is an episode for listeners of all backgrounds. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to st...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 29, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Research dopamine Emotion Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Encore interview with Eve Marder (BS 148)
Eve Marder as drawn by B Marder Last month (BS 147) I discussed Charlotte Nassim's wonderful biography of pioneering neuroscientist Dr Eve Marder, so this month I am sharing the interview I did with her back in 2009. I originally learned of Dr. Marder's work when I went to Neuroscience 2008, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. At that time Dr. Marder was serving as the president of SfN so we talk a bit about that during our conversation. We also talk about what it was like for her as a member of the first large cohort of women entering science. Everything in this interview remains t...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - August 24, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Encore interview with Eve Marder (BS 148
Eve Marder as drawn by B Marder Last month (BS 147) I discussed Charlotte Nassim's wonderful biography of pioneering neuroscientist Dr Eve Marder, so this month I am sharing the interview I did with her back in 2009. I originally learned of Dr. Marder's work when I went to Neuroscience 2008, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. At that time Dr. Marder was serving as the president of SfN so we talk a bit about that during our conversation. We also talk about what it was like for her as a member of the first large cohort of women entering science. Everything in this interview remains t...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - August 24, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience (BS147)
Charlotte Nassim's new book Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience describes the intellectual journey of one of neuroscientists true pioneers. Not only has Dr. Marder been part of the field since its early days, but she has consistently done paradigm shifting work. Although Nassim never mentions the Nobel Prize, I suspect that many readers will come away convinced that Marder deserves that award.In BS 147 I provide an overview of Marder's career based on Nassim's meticulous research. The emphasis is on Marder's key contributions including those related to neuromodulation, the dynamic clamp technique, a...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - July 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Biological Mind with Alan Jasanoff (BS 146)
Alan Jasanoff (click to play interview) In his new book The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are, Dr Alan Jasanoff from MIT argues against what he calls the cerebral mystique, which is the tendency to view the human brain as much more autonomous and mysterious than it really is. Our conversation (BS 146) brings together several key ideas that have been discussed on past episodes of Brain Science, but our emphasis is on the fact the Mind is not just the Brain because the Mind is created by the interaction of the Brain with both the Body and its environm...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - June 22, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Cognitive Science Consciousness Embodiment Interviews Mind and Body Neuroscience Philosophy of Mind Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

The Reading Brain with Maryanne Wolf (BS 145)
Dr Maryanne Wolf (click to play audio) In her recent book Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century, Dr. Maryanne Wolf revisits some of the key ideas of her wonderful first book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Since Dr. Wolf was one of my earliest guests back in BSP 29, I was eager to talk with her again. In BS 145 we touch on several key ideas. First, she emphasized again that reading is very different from language. All normal humans learn their first language, almost automatically as long as they are exposed to language during the critical period early in life, but...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - May 25, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Plasticity Interviews learning Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Reading and the Brain Source Type: podcasts

Language in the Brain (BS 144) with Angela Friederici
Angela Friederici’s new book Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity captures decades of research. Although the book is quite technical, our recent conversation (BS 144) provides an excellent overview to listeners of all backgrounds. Our earliest knowledge was acquired from patients with brain lesions, but newer tools allow researchers to correlate concepts from Linguistics, such as phonology, syntax and semantics, with the neuroscientific tools such as EEG and imaging.EEG evidence shows that phonology (sound) and syntax (grammar) are processed very quickly (by ~150ms) and automatically, while...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - April 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books brain imaging Brain Research Interviews Linquistics Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg (BS 143)
Elkhonon Goldberg with brutus (click to play interview) Photo by  Igor Glavatski (used with permission) Neuropsychologist Elkhonon Goldberg has recently published a fascinating new book called Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation. Goldberg expands on his earlier books, which focused on the importance of the pre-frontal cortex and presented evidence for his claim that the main role of the right hemisphere is to deal with novelty. In addition he explores how creativity requires a delicate balance between focused thought and the ability to connect ideas in new and surprising ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - March 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Plasticity Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Michael Graziano explains Peripersonal Neurons (BS 142)
Michael Graziano (Click image to play audio) As a young student Dr. Michael Graziano helped discover peripersonal neurons, which are neurons that detect when objects are coming near our bodies. In his new book The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature, Graziano takes us through two decades of research into how these neurons work. Peripersonal neurons make it possible for us to move through our lives without constantly bumping into the objects and people around us, but because they work outside our conscious awareness we take them for granted. Graziano  conclud...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - February 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Body maps Books Brain Research Embodiment Mirror Neurons Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga: Memory and Perception (BS 141)
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga (Right click to listen) Neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga has written a wonderfully accessible book called The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron. " I interviewed him for BS 141 because I wanted to hear the real science behind his work. The key idea of his book his that perception and memory are based on similar principles. Our perceptions are largely created by our brains, but the same is also true for our memories.Our memories are dynamically recreated with each recall. This has important and surprising implications. We also...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - January 25, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Interviews Podcast Show Notes Memory Source Type: podcasts

Brain Science Review of 2017 (BS 140)
Discussion of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg BS 137 Seth Grant presents evidence that brain development follows a genetic calendarBS 138 John Medina explores Brain Rules for Aging WellBS 139 Jeff Hawkins discusses modeling cortical functionEven the episodes that sound technical are accessible to listeners of all backgrounds. How to get this episode:FREE: audio mp3 (click to stream, right click to download)Episode Transcript [Coming Soon]Premium Subscribers  have unlimited access to ALL old episodes and transcripts...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - December 23, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Source Type: podcasts

Jeff Hawkins Explores a New Theory of Cortical Function (BS 139)
Jeff Hawkins (Click to play interview) My Brain Science podcast was partially inspired by Jeff Hawkins bestseller On Intelligence, so I am very pleased to post a new interview (BS 139) in which we discuss the exciting work he has been doing at Numenta. Hawkins is committed to understanding how the neocortex generates intelligence and he feels that his latest paper marks an important landmark in that work.We started our conversation by discussing some of the work that Hawkins published in 2016 including two key papers. One presents a new model of the neuron that incorporates active dendrites and the...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - November 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Artificial Intelligence Brain Research Cognitive Science Computation Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Jeff Hawkins Explores a New Theory of Cortical Function
Jeff Hawkins (Click to play interview) My Brain Science podcast was partially inspired by Jeff Hawkins bestseller On Intelligence, so I am very pleased to post a new interview (BS 139) in which we discuss the exciting work he has been doing at Numenta. Hawkins is committed to understanding how the neocortex generates intelligence and he feels that his latest paper marks an important landmark in that work.We started our conversation by discussing some of the work that Hawkins published in 2016 including two key papers. One presents a new model of the neuron that incorporates active dendrites and the...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - November 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Artificial Intelligence Brain Research Cognitive Science Computation Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

John Medina on Aging Well (BS 138)
Dr. John Medina has spent his career in bio-engineering, but he also has a deep interest in how the brain works. In his latest bookBrain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp, he presents our knowledge brain aging in an engaging manner that can be enjoyed by readers of all backgrounds.In this month's episode of Brain Science (BS 138) we discuss some of the most important principles for nourishing brains as we age. He describes what he calls the "dopamine lollipop," which is the surge of dopamine created by activities such as teaching and physical activities like dancing. Some of ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - October 23, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Aging and the Brain Books Brain Plasticity Dementia dopamine Exercise and Play Interviews Meditation and the Brain Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Seth Grant's latest Research (BS 137)
Seth Grant has made a career by combining his skills in molecular biology, medicine and neuroscience. Brain Science listeners may remember him best for his explorations of the evolution of the synapse (BSP 51) and in BSP 101 he told us about how small genetic changes related to synapse proteins can influence learning, but this month he shares a new paper, which describes what he calls the "genetic lifespan calendar.” The key idea is that the genes in both the mouse and human brain appear to follow a predictable schedule. Grant’s team also found that they could predict the age of a brain by looking at ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Evolution Brain Plasticity Brain Research Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Synapses Source Type: podcasts

Why Reading Science Matters (BS 136)
Click to listen to podcast The latest episode of Brain Science (BS 136) is  discussion of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg . Unfortunately I was unable to reach  the author, so this is a return the show's early days when it was not dominated by interviews.  This book contains information that is important to anyone who cares about how children learn to read. One key theme is that there is a large gap between current reading science and educational practice.In this podcast we explore the relationshi...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - August 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Cognitive Science Computation Development Language learning Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Reading and the Brain Source Type: podcasts

Lisa Barrett on How Emotions are Made (BS 135)
Lisa Felman Barrett (click to play interview) In How Emotions are Made, neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett challenges a key long-standing assumption about emotions. She argues persuasively that the evidence does not support the idea that emotions are universal and hardwired. She calls this the classical theory because versions of this idea have been around at least since the ancient Greeks, but the idea was also one that Darwin embraced. It is also embedded in several past episodes of this podcast, including the popular interviews with Jaak Panksepp.In the Brain Science 135 I spoke with Dr. Barret...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - July 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Limbic System Books Brain Evolution Emotion Interviews learning Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Remembering Jaak Panksepp (BS 134)
Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp spent much of his career toiling in relative obscurity, but when he died in April 2017 the Washington Post credited him with "revealing the emotional lives of animals." His book Affective Neuroscience essentially created a new field and he was a very popular guest on the Brain Science Podcast .This month I want to honor Dr. Panksepp by re-airing the first interview I recorded with him back in 2010. While newer theories about emotion disagree with Dr. Panksepp's conclusion that all mammals, including humans, share basic subcortical circuits that cause emotions, his appreciation for ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - July 5, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Emotion Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel (BS 133)
Suzana Herculano-Houzel  (photo by Joe Howell/Vanderbilt U) Click to Play Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel and her colleagues developed a pioneering technique that has made it possible to accurately count the number of neurons in brains of all sizes. This has led to some big surprises including the fact that the human brain contains an average of 86 billion neurons rather than 100 billion as had long been assumed. She describes this work in her wonderful book The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable and I really enjoyed interviewing her for Brain Science 133. While some neuroscienti...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - April 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Anatomy Brain Research Glial Cells Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Interviews Source Type: podcasts

Honoring William Uttal's Contributions to Cognitive Neuroscience (BS 132)
William Uttal 1931-2017 (click to play)Dr. William Uttal, who died last month at the age of 86, had a very unusual career, going from physics and engineering to psychology and cognitive science. I think his unique background contributed to the refreshing skepticism that he brought to the growing use of imaging (especially fMRI) in the cognitive sciences.He was a prolific writer on the subject and back in 2012 I had the honor of talking with him about his bookMind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition to shedding light on the limitations of imaging (such as poor reproducibility), Dr. Uttal a...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - March 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: brain imaging Cognitive Science Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

What is Mind? (BS 131)
In part 2 of our look back at 10 years of Brain Science we consider the last 5 years from the perspective of What is Mind? This is a question that His Holiness the Dalai Llama asked several times during his historic visit to Alabama in November of 3014. (For highlights listen to BSP 113.)Brain Science was launched, as the Brain Science Podcast, in December 2006, making it one of the longest running shows among all genres. Our overriding goal has been to explore how recent discoveries in neuroscience are unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. BS 130 looked back at the first 5 years and this month BS 131 con...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - January 30, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Evolution Consciousness Embodiment Neuroscience Philosophy of Mind Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Ten Year Anniversary Show, Part 1 - The Early Years
In this very special episode, we begin a two part celebration of the 10 year anniversary for Brain Science. The podcast began in December 2006, which makes it one of the longest running shows since the first podcasts were launched in 2004.Ten years is a lot of ground to cover, so for this episode we are only focusing on the early years from 2006 to 2011. Learn why the podcast began and get a peek into the format changes the show has had over the years. This episode contains something that you rarely see in the show - listener feedback! You'll get to hear what listeners think about the show, how they use the show to help th...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - December 21, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Christy Haussler Tags: Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Brain Science 10th Anniversary Preview
Original 2006 LogoThe first episode of theBrain Science Podcast (nowBrain Science) was released on December 5, 2006. I am preparing a very special 10th Anniversary episode and I have just posted a brief audio asking for listener feedback.You can contribute either email or audio feedback.My Audible.com pick forNovember is Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M.by Suzanne Corkin. (Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell)
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - November 20, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory - Dr. Brenda Milner (BS 129)
Neuroscience Pioneer, Dr. Brenda Milner (Click image to play episode) Dr. Brenda Milner, is a Canadian neuropsychologist who has contributed extensively to the research literature on various topics in the field of clinical neuropsychology, sometimes referred to as "the founder of neuropsychology". Milner is a professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and a professor of Psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She currently holds more than 20 honorary degrees and continues to work in her nineties. Her current work explores the interaction between th...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - October 5, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research Cognitive Science Interviews Memory Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Primary Consciousness and Experience with Jon Mallatt (BSP 128)
Jon Mallatt (click picture to play interview) Evolutionary Biologist, Jon Mallatt has always been interested in science, and early on became interested in vertebrates, and on a more granular level, the development of jaws in vertebrates. By understanding how insects, plants, and vertebrates are inter-related, we can better understand consciousness.The type of consciousness we are talking about today is Primary Consciousness (Basic Sensory Consciousness). The feeling of something that it’s like to be! Being aware of stimuli and objects in the environment but without any processing or judging of the st...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 2, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Source Type: podcasts

Primary Consciousness and Experience with Jon Mallet (BSP 128)
Evolutionary Biologist, Jon Mallatt has always been interested in science, and early on became interested in vertebrates, and on a more granular level, the development of jaws in vertebrates. By understanding how insects, plants, and vertebrates are inter-related, we can better understand consciousness.The type of consciousness we are talking about today is Primary Consciousness (Basic Sensory Consciousness). The feeling of something that it’s like to be! Being aware of stimuli and objects in the environment but without any processing or judging of the stimuli. The hard problem comes into play with subjectivity. In h...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 2, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Source Type: podcasts

Brain Science returns on September 1
Ginger Campbell, MD Brain Science (formerly the Brain Science Podcast) has been on hiatus since March. To celebrate its return on September 1st, I am posting a brief audio that contains information for both new listeners and longtime fans. Its about 10 minutes long.Topics covered include a brief history of the show and its goals, information about how to access the older episodes that are no longer in the FREE feed, how to get more out of the website, and options for supporting the show via Premium, Paypal or Patreon.I also include a sneak preview of next month's episode. (Source: the Brain Science Podcast...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - August 23, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Announcements Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti (BSP 127)
I have just posted a new interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, one of the world's leading researchers of the neurobiology of placebos. Dr. Benedetti emphasized that there is no such thing as THE placebo effect, because there are multiple placebo EFFECTS with widely varying mechanisms. For example, in pain relief there are at least two different mechanisms: one involving endogenous opioids while the other involves endogenous cannaboids (marijuana-like compounds).We also talked about some his latest research into placebo effects in the context of high altitude headaches. Here again, multiple pathways have been discovered. W...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - March 2, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind (BSP 126)
Andy Clark (Click image to play interview) The idea that our brains are prediction machines is not new, but in his latest book, Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind, Andy Clark explores how this idea can be integrated with embodied cognition. The key idea is that while our brains are constantly predicting sensory input, this is intimately tied to action. Perception is active, not passive, and there is an ongoing loop between perception, attention and action. I explore these ideas with Dr. Clark in the latest episode of the Brain Science Podcast. Thanks to Dr. Clark these pote...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - January 28, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Cognitive Science Consciousness Interviews Mind and Body Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Philosophy of Mind Source Type: podcasts

9th Annual Review of Neuroscience (BSP 125)
I have just posted the 9th Annual Review episode of the Brain Science Podcast, which is now called Brain Science with Dr. Ginger Campbell. It has been a difficult  year for me because my husband died unexpectedly in July. This was only a few weeks after I completed my one-year fellowship in Palliative Medicine. I was also out of work for several months, but not in any mental state to produce new podcasts. Even so, I did release 10 episodes featuring 8 different books and guests that included philosophers, clinicians and basic scientists.I want to thank all the guests who appeared on the show in 2015 and also...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - December 23, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Plasticity Cognitive Science Embodiment Interviews Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Neural Reuse and Embodied Cognition (BSP 124)
Michael Anderson: Click image to play interview The Embodied Cognition movement has challenged the standard cognitive science approach to understanding brain function, but philosopher turned neuroscientist Michael Anderson realized that while recognizing the importance of our embodied interaction with the world around us is essential, we also need to discover how the brain is actually organized. His new book After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain represents 10-15 years of research into these questions.  The title reflects two key ideas of the book: "After Phrenology" h...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - November 24, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research Cognitive Science Embodiment Language Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition (BSP 123)
Anthony Chemero (click photo to hear interview) Many researchers working in Embodied Cognitive Science (ECS) are unaware that the philosophical approach known as Phenomenology has made important contributions to their field. In their new book Phenomenology: An Introduction philosophers Stephan Käufer and Anthony Chemero make a convincing case, not just for the historical importance of phenomenology, but more importantly, for its ongoing contributions to cognitive science.In BSP 123 I talk with Anthony Chemero about phenomenology and its contributions to embodied cognitive science. We start with a brie...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - October 28, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books and ideas Podcast Cognitive Science Embodiment Interviews Philosophy of Mind Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Neurobiology of Placebos (BSP 122)
Understanding the neurobiology of placebos could have a huge impact on the lives of both patients and physicians, but it remains a relatively under appreciated area of research. This month I am reposting the interview I conducted with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti (University of Turin). Dr. Benedetti is the recognized leader in this field and his has published two highly readable books: The Patient's Brain: The neuroscience behind the doctor-patient relationship and Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease (now in its 2nd edition).First, it is critical to appreciate the difference between the ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 29, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Research Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Interviews Source Type: podcasts

Summer Announcements about Brain Science Podcast
Dennis Smith and Ginger Campbell (taken ~2000) Because of my husband's recent unexpected death, I will not be posting a new episode of the Brain Science Podcast until sometime next month. However, I have posted a brief audio announcement. This includes the content of Books and Ideas #58, which shares some memories of our life together. Right Click to download mp3 to play later.Announcements New logo for Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD Donations in honor of Dennis G Smith (1946-2015) are going to German Shepherd Rescue of Central Alabama.B...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - August 31, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

"How Do you Feel?" with Dr. Bud Craig
AD (Bud) Craig (click photo to play interview) Dr. AD (Bud) Craig has spent his career as a functional neuroanatomist tracing the path of the interoceptive (homeostatic) signals from both the skin and deep tissues to the insular cortex. After over 30 years in the field he has published a comprehensive description of his work called  How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self. In BSP 121 we talk about some of his key discoveries. Although the book is must-read for students and scientists, the goal of our discussion was to make this material accessible to listeners of ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - July 28, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Limbic System Body maps Brain Anatomy Brain Research Consciousness Embodiment Emotion Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

More on CI Therapy with Ed Taub (BSP 120)
Ed Taub, PhD: Click image to play interview I have just posted the second half of my recent interview with Dr. Ed Taub the pioneer of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy), which is a revolutionary approach to rehabilitation for stroke and other central nervous system injuries. In BSP 119 Dr. Taub explained the principles behind CI Therapy, which is probably the first rehab technique that explicitly harnesses brain plasticity. In BSP 120 we explore the crucial role of learned non-use (lose it or lose it) and how CI Therapy overcomes this obstacle to recovery.We also talked about how Dr. Taub and...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - July 3, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Plasticity Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Interviews Source Type: podcasts

Dr. Ed Taub revolutionizes Stroke Rehab (BSP 119)
Ginger Campbell, Md and Edward Taub, Phd (click image to play audio) I first talked with with Dr. Edward Taub the inventor of Constraint Induced (CI) Movement Therapy back in early 2008 (BSP 28). CI Therapy is a revolutionary rehabilitation method based on the principles of brain plasticity. Evidence supporting its effectiveness has mounted since we last talked. Unfortunately, because it is so different from traditional physical therapy, it requires special training and it is still not covered by many major insurance companies. The Veteran's Administration recognizes it as the preferred treatment for Traum...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - May 25, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Plasticity Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Stroke Rehabilitation Source Type: podcasts

Brain Anatomy Revealed (BSP 118)
Episode 118 of the Brain Science Podcast gives listeners a worldwind tour of neuroanatomy based on Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain (2008) by David Bainbridge. The book is a wonderful introduction to brain anatomy that makes this challenging topic accessible to people of all backgrounds. If you are new to neuroanatomy it will give you a new appreciation of how the brain's structure helps us understand how it works. More experienced readers/listeners will enjoy this well-organized review that puts brain anatomy into its evolutionary context. How to get this episode:FREE: audio m...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - April 29, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Anatomy Brain Evolution Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

BSP 117: Michael Gazzaniga "Father"of Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr. Michael Gazzinga (click photo to listen to his interview) Pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga has written many wonderful books that share neuroscience with a general audience. In his latest book Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience he looks back on his 50+ year career from a uniquely personally vantage point. He shares the people and collaborations that have enriched his life and when I interviewed him for BSP 117  he said “My pitch to the young person is that there is nothing on this planet that compares to the pleasures of scientific discove...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - March 22, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Research Cognitive Science Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Psychology Source Type: podcasts

BSP 116: Norman Doidge on Brain Plasticity
This month psychiatrist Norman Doidge returns to the Brain Science Podcast to discuss his new book The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers, which is a follow-up to his best-seller The Brain That Changes Itself (BSP 26). In this interview Dr. Doidge and I focus on the underlying principles of brain plasticity and their clinical implications. Although brain plasticity is well-established in the research community it has not yet fully penetrated clinical medicine where old views, which seen the brain as largely fixed in adulthood, make it difficult for new approaches...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - February 23, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Source Type: podcasts

BSP 115: Eastern Philosophy and Western Neuroscience
Scientific interest in the Mind and Consciousness is relatively new, but both Western and Eastern Philosophy have a long tradition of exploring these topics. In his new book Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy, Evan Thompson explores how these diverse traditions can inform and enrich one another.Thompson goes beyond a narrow view of consciousness, which focuses only on the waking state. Instead he considers how dreaming, lucid dreaming, and even near death experiences can advance our understanding of how our brain's generate both consciousness and our s...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - January 30, 2015 Category: Neurologists Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Consciousness Embodiment Interviews Meditation and the Brain Mind and Body Philosophy of Mind Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts