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January 22 2014


Carl Zimmer: Unlocking Secrets of the Human Brain

In his new cover article for National Geographic magazine, science writer Carl Zimmer explores the inner workings of the human mind, and delves into the latest technologies on mapping the brain and finding out what specific neurons do - including one neuron that's only triggered by pictures of Jennifer Aniston. We talk with Zimmer about how far the science of the mind has come - and how far it still needs to go before we can answer questions about consciousness and free will. Host: Michael Krasny Guests: Christof Koch, chief science officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science Carl Zimmer, science writer who contributes frequently to National Geographic and The New York Times and three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award

October 24 2013


Podcast: Daniel Kahneman on Bias

Thinking is hard, and most of the time we rely on simple psychological mechanisms that can lead us astray. In this episode of the Social Science Bites podcast, the Nobel-prizewinning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, talks to Nigel Warburton about biases in our reasoning. http://www.socialsciencespace.com/2013/01/daniel-kahneman-on-bias/

September 05 2012


Dancing In The Dark: The Intelligence of Bees

Bees are remarkable among insects. They can count, remember human faces, and communicate through dance routines performed entirely in the dark. But are they intelligent? Even creative? Bee aficionado Stephen Humphrey, along with a hive of leading bee researchers and scientists, investigates the mental lives of bees.

April 23 2011


V. S. Ramachandran - Tales from the Brain

Drawing on strange and thought-provoking case studies, eminent neurologist V. S. Ramachandran offers unprecedented insight into the evolution of the uniquely human brain in his new book, The Tell-Tale Brain.

February 28 2011


Proust and the Squid - Maryanne Wolf

Brain science podcast and interview with Maryanne Wolf - how the brain processes language.

January 16 2011


The teenage Brain

Dr. David Bainbridge talks about how the teen brain changes and the implications

Proust and the Squid - Maryanne Wolf

Brain science podcast and interview with Maryanne Wolf - how the brain processes language.

October 28 2010


Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks tells stories of people who manage to navigate the world and communicate, despite losing what many consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the ability to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and to see. In The Mind’s Eye he considers the fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/oct/27/oliver-sacks/

September 22 2010


Is the Internet Rewiring our Brains?

Mark Colvin (of ABC PM) interviews Clay Shirky. Transcript of a part of the interview is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2010/s3019138.htm

August 12 2010


Radiolab: Words

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2010/09/10 It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that. We speak to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke.
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