Neuroscience
Psychology November 16, 2020

Gender and Our Brains

How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds

Gina Rippon

Hosted by Eugenio Duarte
There is a long history of brain research that seems to legitimize widely held beliefs about the men versus women. According to my guest, much of that research is founded …

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Gender Studies October 27, 2020

Gender and Our Brains

How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds

Gina Rippon

Hosted by Christina Gessler
For decades if not centuries, science has backed up society’s simple dictum that men and women are hardwired differently, that the world is divided by two different kinds of brains—male …
Van Leer Institute Series on Ideas with Renee Garfinkel October 22, 2020

Blueprint

How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

Robert Plomin

Hosted by Renee Garfinkel
Have you ever felt, “Oh my God, I’m turning into my mother (or father)!” ? Robert Plomin explains why that happens in Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are …
Education September 24, 2020

Dr. Christopher Harris on Teaching Neuroscience

Christopher Harris

Hosted by John Griffiths
Dr. Christopher Harris (@chrisharris) is a neuroscientist, engineer and educator at the EdTech company Backyard Brains. He is principal investigator on an NIH-funded project to develop brain-based robots for neuroscience …
Van Leer Institute Series on Ideas with Renee Garfinkel September 21, 2020

Hidden Valley Road

Inside the Mind of An American Family

Robert Kolker

Hosted by Renee Garfinkel
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of An American Family (Doubleday, 2020) is the story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that …
Drugs, Addiction and Recovery September 18, 2020

Chemically Imbalanced

Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery

Joseph E. Davis

Hosted by Claire Clark
Everyday suffering—those conditions or feelings brought on by trying circumstances that arise in everyone’s lives—is something that humans have grappled with for millennia. But the last decades have seen a …
Neuroscience September 17, 2020

The Mind Is Flat

The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain

Nick Chater

Hosted by John Griffiths
Psychologists and neuroscientists struggle with how best to interpret human motivation and decision making. The assumption is that below a mental “surface” of conscious awareness lies a deep and complex …
Film September 10, 2020

NeuroScience Fiction

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Hosted by John Griffiths
In NeuroScience Fiction (Benbella Books, 2020), Rodrigo Quian Quiroga shows how the outlandish premises of many seminal science fiction movies are being made possible by new discoveries and technological advances …
Medicine September 3, 2020

Smellosophy

What the Nose Tells the Mind

Ann-Sophie Barwich

Hosted by Joseph Fridman
In Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind (Harvard UP, 2020), cognitive scientist, empirical philosopher & historian of science, technology, and the senses A. S. Barwich asks a deceptively simple …
Medicine August 27, 2020

The Brain from Inside Out

György Buzsáki

Hosted by John Griffiths
In The Brain from Inside Out (Oxford University Press, 2019), György Buzsáki contrasts what he terms the ‘outside-in’ and ‘inside-out’ perspectives on neuroscientific theory and research methodology. The ‘outside-in’ approach …
Drugs, Addiction and Recovery August 11, 2020

Acid Revival

The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy

Danielle Giffort

Hosted by Lucas Richert
Psychedelic drugs are making a comeback. In the mid-twentieth century, scientists actively studied the potential of drugs like LSD and psilocybin for treating mental health problems. After a decades-long hiatus …
Critical Theory January 15, 2020

Imagination in the Western Psyche

From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience

Jonathan Erickson

Hosted by Stephen Dozeman
Imagination is one of the most important elements of being human, but is most often assumed we know what it is, while rarely being analyzed. Here with me today is …
Drugs, Addiction and Recovery September 19, 2019

Never Enough

The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction

Judith Grisel

Hosted by Emily Dufton
Not a lot of authors go from spending their early twenties homeless and addicted to cocaine to becoming one of the world’s leading researchers on the neuroscience of addiction. But …
Anthropology August 21, 2018

You and Me

The Neuroscience of Identity

Susan Greenfield

Hosted by Jeremy Corr
What makes you who you are? What makes you distinct from me? What is identity? In the book You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity (Notting Hill Editions, 2016), Baroness …