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  1. Mind Wide Open: A general introduction to why neuroscience matters, based on Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, by Steven Johnson. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  2. On Intelligence: A discussion of On Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  3. In Search of Memory: Nobel laureate Eric Kandel's excellent introduction to neuroscience. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  4. Nature Versus Nurture: A discussion of The Great Brain Debate: Nature Or Nurture? by John E. Dowling. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  5. Consciousness: A very brief introduction to philosophy of mind. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  6. The First Idea: The role of emotional signaling in the development of language, based on The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans, by Stanley I. Greenspan, MD and Stuart Shanker, PhD. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  7. Stuart Shanker, PhD on bonobos: Explores what bonobos can teach us about communication. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  8. How Neurons Communicate: A fairly detailed introduction to brain chemistry. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  9. The Future of the Brain: A discussion of the book by Steven Rose. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  10. Neuroplasticity: Exciting discovery that the brain continues to grow and change, based on Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves, by Sharon Begley. [Buy BSP 1-10]

  11. Emotion: A discussion of Emotion: The Science of Sentiment, by Dylan Evans. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  12. Memory: A discussion of Memory: From Mind to Molecules, by Larry R. Squire, PhD and Eric R. Kandel, MD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  13. Unconscious Decisions: A look at decision-making. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  14. Our First Six Months: A brief review of the first six months. [Buy mp3]

  15. **Read Montague, PhD: Author of Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  16. The Pre-Frontal Lobes: A discussion of The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind, by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  17. The Wisdom of the Aging Brain: A discussion of The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older, by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  18. **Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD on aging and the brain: how our brain changes as we age, and what we can do about it. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  19. Gut Feelings: A discussion of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, by Gerd Gigerenzer. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  20. Louann Brizendine, MD: Author of The Female Brain. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  21. Body Maps: A discussion of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  22. Christof Koch, PhD on Consciousness: Author of The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  23. **Sandra Blakeslee (Follow-up of BSP 21): We discuss plasticity and body maps. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  24. Reading and the Brain: A discussion of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, by Maryanne Wolf. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  25. Rolf Pfeifer, PhD on embodied intelligence. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  26. Norman Doidge, MD, on Neuroplasticity: Author of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  27. Year-end review of Season 1. [Buy mp3]

  28. Edward Taub, PhD: Talks about his revolutionary approach to stroke rehabilitation. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  29. Maryanne Wolf, PhD talks about her book,Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  30. The Evolution of Language: A discussion of The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, by Christine Kenneally. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  31. Brain Rhythms with György Buzsáki: A discussion of his book, Rhythms of the Brain. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  32. A brief Introduction to Brain Anatomy: Based on Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain, by David Bainbridge. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  33. John J Ratey, MD: Explains why exercise is essential to brain health. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  34. Rachel Herz, PhD: Discusses her book,The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  35. Mirror Neurons: A discussion of Mirrors in the Brain: How Our Minds Share Actions, Emotions, and Experience, by Giacomo Rizzolatti, MD and Corrado Sinigaglia, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  36. Arthur Glenberg, PhD: Explores the role of embodied cognition in language and reading. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  37. John Medina, PhD: Discusses his book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  38. Jeff Hawkins: Author of On Intelligence, discusses his theory of how the cortex works. [Buy mp3]

  39. Michael Arbib, PhD: Discusses the role of mirror neurons in imitation and language. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  40. Semi-annual Review Episode. [Buy mp3]

  41. Interview with Linguist, Alice Gaby: On the relationship between neuroscience and linguistics. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  42. Discussion of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not, by Robert Burton, MD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  43. **Part 2 of On Being Certain: Interview with Robert Burton, MD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  44. Interview with Daniel Siegel, MD: About meditation and the brain. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  45. John Ratey, MD: Talks about ADHD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  46. Live from Dragon*Con 2008: Shella Keilholz, PhD and Jason Schneiderman, PhD discuss brain imaging. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  47. Discussion of Principles of Brain Evolution: by Georg F. Striedter. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  48. Gary Lynch, PhD: Discusses his book Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  49. Interview with Dr. Brenda Milner, pioneering neuroscientist. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  50. Neuroscience 2008: Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  51. Interview with Seth Grant, PhD: A discussion about how proteomics reveals synapse evolution. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  52. Year 2 Review: A look back at Year 2 of the Brain Science Podcast. [Buy mp3]

  53. Free will?: A discussion of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will, by Nancey Murphy and Warren S. Brown. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  54. Michael Merzenich, PhD: Pioneering neuroscientist talks about neuroplasticity. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  55. Patricia Churchland, PhD: An interview about neurophilosophy. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  56. Eve Marder, PhD: From the Society of Neuroscience. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  57. Chris Frith, PhD: Author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  58. Alva Noë, PhD: Author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  59. Guy Caldwell, PhD, from the University of Alabama: Discusses the use of the tiny worm, C elegans, for studying movement disorders. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  60. Stuart Brown, MD (National Institute for Play): Author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  61. Allan Jones, PhD (The Allen Institute for Brain Research): On mapping the mouse brain and the human cortex. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  62. Warren Brown, PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary): Co-author of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? (also discussed in Episode 53). [Buy mp3 for $1]

  63. David Bainbridge, PhD: Talks about his latest book, Teenagers: A Natural History. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  64. Third Annual Review Episode. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  65. Jaak Panksepp, PhD: Author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  66. Randy Gallistel, PhD: Co-author of Memory and the Computational Brain: Why Cognitive Science Will Transform Neuroscience. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  67. Thomas Metzinger, PhD: Author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  68. Peter Whitehouse, MD: Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  69. R. Douglas Fields, PhD: Author of The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  70. Scott Lilienfeld, PhD: Co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  71. Our Fourth Annual Review Episode. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  72. Interview with Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde: Authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  73. Lawrence Shapiro, PhD: Author of Embodied Cognition. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  74. Olaf Sporns, PhD: Author of Networks of the Brain. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  75. David Eagleman, PhD: Author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  76. Sian Beilock, PhD: Author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  77. Fabrizio Benedetti, MD: Author of Placebo Effects, and The Patient's Brain. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  78. Discussion of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives, by Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  79. Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD: Author of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  80. Fifth Annual Review Episode. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  81. Patricia Churchland, PhD: Author of Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  82. How Mind Emerges from Brain: A Discussion of Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain, by Michael Gazzaniga, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  83. Mind and Brain, with William Uttal, PhD, Author of Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  84. Update on Consciousness Research with Christof Koch, PhD, Author of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist.. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  85. Sebastian Seung Explores the Brain's Wiring: Interview with Sebastian Seung, PhD, author of Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  86. Disgust, with Rachel Herz, PhD: Interview with Rachel Herz, PhD, author of That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  87. Brain Aging with Pamela Greenwood, PhD: Interview with Pamela Greenwood, PhD, co-author of Nurturing the Aging Brain and Mind. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  88. The Self Illusion with Bruce Hood, PhD: Interview with Bruce Hood, PhD, author of The Self Illusion: How The Social Brain Creates Identity. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  89. Mind in Life: Interview with Evan Thompson, PhD, author of Mind in Life: Biology. Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  90. Self Comes to Mind: Discussion of Self Comes to Mind, by Antonio Damasio, PhD. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  91. The Origin of Emotions with Jaak Panksepp: Interview with Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Author of The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotion. [Buy mp3 for $1]

  92. Sixth Annual Review: Neuroscience Highlights for 2012. FREE: audio mp3.

  93. Pain (Part 1) with Dr. Fernando Cervero, author of Understanding Pain. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  94. How the Brain Makes Meaning: Interview with Benjamin Bergen, PhD, author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  95. Understanding Pain; Part 2 of Discussion begun in Episode 93. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  96. A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: Interview with Dr. Robert Burton, author of A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  97. Neuroanthropology: Interview with Dr. Daniel H. Lende and Dr. Greg Downey, authors of The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  98. The Autistic Brain: Discussion of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, by Temple Grandin. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  99. Interview with Dr.Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  100. Brain Fitness with Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age. [Buy mp3 for $2]

  101. Synapse Evolution with Seth Grant: Interview with Dr. Seth Grant. FREE: audio mp3.

  102. Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation: Interview with Dr. Allen Frances, Author of Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life . FREE: audio mp3.

  103. Connectome Update: Interview with Dr. Olaf Sporns, Author of Discovering the Human Connectome. FREE: audio mp3.

  104. Seventh Annual Review: 2013 Neuroscience Highlights.

  105. Brain Plasticity with Michael Merzenich: Interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich. FREE: audio mp3.

  106. The Cognitive-Emotional Brain; Interview with Dr. Luiz Pessoa, author of The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration. FREE audio mp3.

  107. Sleep Science with Penny Lewis: Interview with Dr. Penny Lewis, author of The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest. FREE: audio mp3.

  108. Consciousness as Social Perception: Interview with Dr. Michael Graziano, author of Consciousness and the Social Brain. FREE audio mp3.

  109. Avoiding Neuromania: Discussion of the hazards of neuromania, based upon several books, including Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. FREE audio mp3

  110. Neurobiology for Dummies: Interview with Dr. Frank Amthor, author of Neuroscience for Dummies and Neurobiology for Dummies. FREE audio mp3.

  111. Exercise Promotes Plasticity: Interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain. FREE audio mp3.

  112. What Do Mirror Neurons Really Do? Interview with Dr. Gregory Hickok, author of The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition. FREE audio mp3.

  113. Neuroplasticity and Healing: Discussion of The Dalai Lama's visit to UAB for the scientific symposium on Neuroplasticity and Healing. FREE audio mp3.

  114. Eighth Annual Review Episode: 2014 Neuroscience Highlights. FREE audio mp3.

  115. Eastern Philosophy and Western Neuroscience: Interview with Dr. Evan Thompson, author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy. FREE audio mp3.

  116. Norman Doidge on Brain Plasticity: Interview with Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroscience.

  117. Michael Gazzaniga, Father of Cognitive Neuroscience: Interview with Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, author of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience. FREE audio mp3.

  118. Brain Anatomy Revealed: A whirlwind tour of brain anatomy based on the book, Beyond the Zonules of Zinn, by David Bainbridge. FREE audio mp3.

  119. Dr. Ed Taub Revolutionizes Stroke Rehab: The first half of an inteview with Dr. Edward Taub, creator of contraint-induced movement therapy. FREE audio mp3.

  120. More on CI therapy with Dr. Ed Taub: The second half of an interview with Dr. Edward Taub, creator of constraint-induced movement therapy. FREE Audio mp3.

  121. How Do You Feel? with Bud Craig: Interview with Dr. Bud Craig, author of How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self. FREE Audio mp3.

  122. Neurobiology of Placebos: Interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the Mechanisms in Health and Disease. FREE Audio mp3.

  123. Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition: Interview with Dr. Anthony Chemero, co-author of Phenomenology: An Introduction. FREE Audio mp3.

  124. Neural Reuse and Embodied Cognition: Interview with Dr. Michael Anderson, author of After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain. FREE Audio mp3.

  125. 9th Annual Review of Neuroscience: Review of some key ideas of each of the 10 episodes released in 2015. FREE Audio mp3.

  126. Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind: Interview with Dr. Andy Clark, author of Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind. FREE Audio mp3.

  127. Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti: Interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects and The Patient's Brain. FREE Audio mp3.

  128. Primary Consciousness and Experience with Jon Mallatt: Interview with Dr. Jon Mallatt, Co-author of The Ancient Origins of Consciousness. FREE Audio mp3.

  129. Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory: Interview with pioneering neuroscientist, Dr. Brenda Milner. FREE audio mp3.

  130. Ten Year Anniversary, Part One: The Early Years. FREE audio mp3.

  131. Ten Year Anniversary, Part Two: What Is Mind? FREE audio mp3.

  132. Honoring William Uttal's Contributions to Cognitive Neuroscience. FREE audio mp3.

  133. Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel: Interview with the author of The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable. FREE audio mp3.

  134. Remembering Jaak Panksepp: We remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of affective neuroscience. FREE audio mp3.

  135. Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made: Interview with Dr. Lisa Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. FREE audio mp3.

  136. Why Reading Science Matters: Discussion of the book, Language at the Speed of Sight, by Dr. Mark Seidenberg. FREE audio mp3.

  137. Seth Grant's Latest Research: Interview with Dr. Seth Grant. FREE audio mp3.

  138. John Medina on Aging Well: Interview with Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Healthy, and Sharp. FREE audio mp3.

  139. Jeff Hawkins explores a new theory of cortical function: Interview with Jeff Hawkins. FREE audio mp3.

  140. Brain Science Review of 2017: Highlights from 2017 and a few ideas from this years annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. FREE audio mp3.

  141. Memory and Perception: Interview with Dr. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron." FREE audio mp3.

  142. Michael Graziano explains peripersonal neurons: Interview with Dr. Michael Graziano, author of The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature. FREE audio mp3.

  143. Creativity with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg: Interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation. FREE audio mp3.

  144. Language in the brain: Interview with Dr. Angela Friederici, author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. FREE audio mp3.

  145. The reading brain with Maryanne Wolf: Interview with Dr. Maryanne Wolf, author of Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century. FREE audio mp3.

  146. Biological Mind with Alan Jasanoff: Interview with Dr.. Alan Jasanoff, author of The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are. FREE audio mp3.

  147. Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience: Discussion of a biography by Charlotte Nassim. Free audio mp3.

  148. Eve Marder interview (encore from 2009). Free audio mp3.

  149. Dean Burnett on the happy brain: Interview with Dr. Dean Burnett, author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why. Free audio mp3.

  150. Explore the synaptome with Seth Grant: Interview with Dr. Seth Grant, author of the new paper, “Architecture of the Mouse Brain Synaptome.” Free audio mp3.

  151. Neuroscience of Emotion: A discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis, by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. Free audio mp3.

  152. Twelfth Annual Review Episode: A look back at topics covered in 2018. Free mp3.

  153. Understanding the Brain with John Dowling: Interview with Dr. John Dowling, author of Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition. Free mp3.

  154. Successful Aging with Psychologist Alan Castel: Interview with Dr. Alan Castel, author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. Free mp3.

  155. Neuroscience and AI with Paul Middlebrooks: Interview with Dr. Paul Middlebrooks, creator and host of the Brain Inspired podcast. Free mp3.

The most recent 50 episodes are FREE. Premium subscribers have unlimited access to all episodes and transcripts. 

Episode 1-10 can now be purchased for download as a single zip file. Other episodes may be purchased for $1-2 each.