Interviews with neuroscientists about their new books

The Reality of Scientific Research: A Discussion with John W. Cave

June 10, 2024

The Reality of Scientific Research

John W. Cave
Hosted by Latent Knowledge

In this episode we speak with Dr. John W. Cave, a scientist and thought leader who has been in the research world for over 20 years. Dr. Cave has wor…

Sharrona Pearl, "Do I Know You?: From Face Blindness to Super Recognition" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

June 8, 2024

Do I Know You?

Sharrona Pearl
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Do I Know You? From Faceblindness to Super Recognition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023), Dr. Sharrona Pearl explores the fascinating category…

Luis H. H. Favela, "The Ecological Brain: Unifying the Sciences of Brain, Body, and Environment" (Routledge, 2024)

May 10, 2024

The Ecological Brain

Luis H. H. Favela
Hosted by Carrie Figdor

Ecological psychology holds that perception and action are best explained in terms of dynamic interactions between brain, body, and environment, not i…

Christian Hansel, "Memory Makes the Brain: The Biological Machinery That Uses Experiences To Shape Individual Brains" (World Scientific, 2021)

April 30, 2024

Memory Makes the Brain

Christian Hansel

If you're interested in memory, you'll find a lot in Memory Makes the Brain: The Biological Machinery That Uses Experiences To Shape Individual Brains…

Charan Ranganath, "Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters" (Doubleday, 2024)

April 27, 2024

Why We Remember

Charan Ranganath

A new understanding of memory is emerging from the latest scientific research. In Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters…

Matt Qvortrup, "The Political Brain: The Emergence of Neuropolitics" (CEU Press, 2024)

April 24, 2024

The Political Brain

Matt Qvortrup
Hosted by CEU Press

In this episode of the CEU Press Podcast, host Andrea Talabér (CEU Press/CEU Review of Books) sat down with Matt Qvortrup (Coventry University) to dis…

Lawson R. Wulsin, "Toxic Stress: How Stress Is Making Us Ill and What We Can Do About It" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

April 15, 2024

Toxic Stress

Lawson R. Wulsin
Hosted by Mark Klobas

Our stress response system is magnificent - it operates beneath our awareness, like an orchestra of organs playing a hidden symphony. When we are heal…

Max Bennett, "A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, Ai, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains" (Mariner Books, 2023)

April 1, 2024

A Brief History of Intelligence

Max Bennett

A Brief History of Intelligence: Evolution, Ai, and the Five Breakthroughs That Made Our Brains (Mariner Books, 2023) tells two fascinating stories. O…

Kenneth Miller, "Mapping the Darkness: The Visionary Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of Sleep" (Hachette Books, 2023)

March 8, 2024

Mapping the Darkness

Kenneth Miller
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Why do we sleep? How can we improve our sleep? A century ago, sleep was considered a state of nothingness—even a primitive habit that we could learn …

Thomas Metzinger, "The Elephant and the Blind: The Experience of Pure Consciousness: Philosophy, Science, and 500+ Experiential Reports" (MIT Press, 2024)

March 6, 2024

The Elephant and the Blind

Thomas Metzinger
Hosted by Jeff Adler

What if our goal had not been to land on Mars, but in pure consciousness? The experience of pure consciousness—what does it look like? What is the ess…

Sten Grillner, "The Brain in Motion: From Microcircuits to Global Brain Function" (MIT Press, 2023)

February 23, 2024

The Brain in Motion

Sten Grillner

C. S. Sherrington said “All the brain can do is to move things". The Brain in Motion: From Microcircuits to Global Brain Function (MIT Press, 2023) sh…

Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There

February 22, 2024

Look Again

Cass R. Sunstein

Today’s book is: Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There (Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2024), by Tali Sharot and Cass R. Sunstein, a b…

Joshua Paul Dale, "Irresistible: How Cuteness Wired our Brains and Conquered the World" (Profile Books, 2023)

February 10, 2024


Joshua Paul Dale
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Why are some things cute, and others not? What happens to our brains when we see something cute? And how did cuteness go global, from Hello Kitty to D…

Harry van der Hulst, "A Mind for Language: An Introduction to the Innateness Debate" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 20, 2024

A Mind for Language

Harry van der Hulst
Hosted by Madhumanti Datta

How does human language arise in the mind? To what extent is it innate, or something that is learned? How do these factors interact? The questions s…

Lawrence Sherman and Dennis Plies, "Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 16, 2023

Every Brain Needs Music

Lawrence Sherman and Dennis Plies

Whenever a person engages with music--when a piano student practices a scale, a jazz saxophonist riffs on a melody, a teenager sobs to a sad song, or …

Shelly Kagan, "How to Count Animals, More Or Less" (Oxford UP, 2019)

December 6, 2023

How to Count Animals, More Or Less

Shelly Kagan

Most people agree that animals count morally, but how exactly should we take animals into account? A prominent stance in contemporary ethical discussi…

Coleen T. Murphy, "How We Age: The Science of Longevity" (Princeton UP, 2023)

December 1, 2023

How We Age

Coleen T. Murphy
Hosted by Mark Klobas

All of us would like to live longer, or to slow the debilitating effects of age. In How We Age: The Science of Longevity (Princeton UP, 2023), Coleen …

The Future of Innovation: A Discussion with Min W. Jung

November 26, 2023

The Future of Innovation

Min W. Jung

Humans have been so dominant on Earth in large part because of their capacity to innovate – but how does that work exactly? Why can they innovate so m…

Gary Tomlinson, "The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning" (Zone Books, 2023)

November 14, 2023

The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning

Gary Tomlinson
Hosted by Nathan Smith

What is meaning? How does it arise? Where is it found in the world? In recent years, philosophers and scientists have answered these questions in diff…

Neil Cohn, "Who Understands Comics?: Questioning the Universality of Visual Language Comprehension" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

October 30, 2023

Who Understands Comics?

Neil Cohn
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Drawings and sequential images are so pervasive in contemporary society that we may take their understanding for granted. But how transparent are they…