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January 22 2014

11:25

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

January 09 2014

07:11

A Pill For ‘Brain Youth’?

Imagine a pill that could rewire your brain. Would make your brain young again. Able to learn and absorb like a five-year old. Music. Languages. Would you take it?

An imagine of the human brain. New research into brain plasticity suggests that a generic pill could change the brain's ability to absorb and retain new skills, like language, music and more. (Creative Commons / FlamePhoenix1991)

An imagine of the human brain. New research into brain plasticity suggests that a generic pill could change the brain’s ability to absorb and retain new skills, like language, music and more. (Creative Commons / FlamePhoenix1991)

Guest

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology and professor of neurology in Harvard University’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

From Tom’s Reading List

Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience: Valproate reopens critical-period learning of absolute pitch — “Absolute pitch, the ability to identify or produce the pitch of a sound without a reference point, has a critical period, i.e., it can only be acquired early in life. However, research has shown that histone-deacetylase inhibitors (HDAC inhibitors) enable adult mice to establish perceptual preferences that are otherwise impossible to acquire after youth. In humans, we found that adult men who took valproate (VPA) (a HDAC inhibitor) learned to identify pitch significantly better than those taking placebo—evidence that VPA facilitated critical-period learning in the adult human brain.”

New Scientist: Learning drugs reawaken grown-up brain’s inner child –”From bilingualism to sporting prowess, many abilities rely on neural circuits that are laid down by our early experiences. Until the age of 7 or so, the brain goes through several “critical periods” during which it can be radically changed by the environment. During these times, the brain is said to have increased plasticity.”

Discover: ”Plasticity Pill” Could Rewire Brain to Treat Autism and Schizophrenia – “Today, a growing number of researchers are examining the complex ways in which immune molecules affect the brain and nervous system. Manipulating such molecules, these scientists believe, may be key to treating many devastating neurological ailments, from autism and schizophrenia to Alzheimer’s and ALS. Shatz even dreams of a ‘plasticity pill’ to restore the neural suppleness of stroke victims — and her latest experiments offer hope that it could someday come to pass. ”

December 29 2013

15:13

Neurogaming: What’s Neuroscience and Ethics Got To Do With It? - Exploring Ethics - UCSD-TV - University of California Television

University of California Television provides informational, educational, and enrichment television programming to the public and draws upon the vast intellectual, scientific, and creative talents of the University of California. http://www.ucsd.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=25114

December 04 2013

20:35

Eating ‘Wilder’ Foods for a Healthier Diet

Author Jo Robinson digs up tips on how to get the most nutrition out of our fruits and vegetables. http://sciencefriday.com/segment/11/29/2013/eating-wilder-foods-for-a-healthier-diet.html

October 08 2013

15:49

Alice Gaby - on linguistics

Talk about the relevance of linguistics and implications for neuroscience

August 20 2013

18:19

To The Best of Our Knowledge: Higher Consciousness

Suppose neuroscientists map the billions of neural circuits in the human brain....are we any closer to cracking the great existential mysteries - like meaning, purpose or happiness? Scientists, contemplatives and religious thinkers are now exploring the connections between neuroscience and contemplative practice, and creating a new science of mindfulness. http://ttbook.org/book/higher-consciousness

July 28 2013

22:46

Jul 28, 2013 — Robert Wright & Shinzen Young

August 15 2012

09:38

The Life Scientific - Barbara Sahakian 28 May 12

Jim Al-Khalili meets neuroscientist Barbara Sahakian. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain which effect our memory and understanding, and neuropharmacology is the study of drugs which can be used in conditions like Alzheimer's disease or depression. But can new treatments improve the performance of surgeons or pilots and could they even be used to make us more entrepreneurial? http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/tls

March 18 2012

21:14

Mental athletics at the Memory Olympics | Science | guardian.co.uk

Joshua Foer describes what it's like to compete in the USA Memory Championship, and we meet the master of ceremonies at the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/audio/2012/mar/12/science-weekly-podcast-memory-olympics
16:23

The Secret Lives of the Brain at SXSW Interactive 2012

If the conscious mind--the part you consider you--is just the tip of the iceberg in the brain, what is all the rest doing? Neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, shows that most of what you do, think and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no access. Here's the exposé about the non-conscious brain and all the machinery under the hood that keeps the show going. http://lanyrd.com/2012/sxsw-interactive/spphh/

March 13 2012

08:53

Sustaining Passionate Users at Web Directions South 2011 | Lanyrd

Yes, business applications can be made fun and gamelike. No, points, levels and badges are not the way to create sustained interest. While many sites have added superficial gaming elements to make interactions more engaging, the companies that “get it” have a better understanding of the psychology behind motivation. They know how to design sites that keep people coming back again and again. So what are the secrets? What actually motivates people online? How do you create sustained interest in your product or service? Speaker Stephen P. Anderson will share common patterns from game design, learning theories, and neuroscience to reveal what motivates—and demotivates—people over the long haul.

January 12 2012

23:00

TSN: A Neuroscientist's Neuroscientist Talks Science (Charles Stevens)

22:59

TSN: Perception and the Beholder's Share (Tom Albright)

January 03 2012

22:47

All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 3: Getting Personal - All In The Mind - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As All in the Mind turns 10, we're digging into the archives to get personal. It's a celebration of the neuro-narrative. Meet Electroboy, poet Sandy Jeffs...encounter a brain surgery and be moved by stories of life, loss and love. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/all-in-the-mind-10th-anniversary-special-3-getting/3689170

January 02 2012

21:57

All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 4: Brave New Brain - All In The Mind - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Celebrate All in the Mind's tenth birthday! Over the decade the show has tracked some of the provocative technological developments and ethical debates about our state of mind. From stem cell therapy to the spectre of animal-human chimeras or cyborgian selves...we love to get heady and technical! http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/all-in-the-mind-10th-anniversary-special-4-brave/3689090

November 07 2011

00:48

All In The Mind - 5 November 2011 - Practice makes perfect?

The virtuoso violinist, star surgeon and super sportswoman - could any of us become the best of the best? Daniel Coyle toured the world's famous talent 'hotbeds' in search of secrets. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson says with enough 'deliberate practice' - 10,000 hours of it, he argues - anything's possible. But does that trump 'natural talent'? Guests: Dr K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar, Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida - (http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson.dp.html) Daniel Coyle, Author and contributing editor for Outside magazine - (http://thetalentcode.com/author/) Jacqui Cooper, Former world champion aerial skier - (http://jacquicooper.com/) Further Information: Jacqui Cooper ski-jumping at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj8sSTmKMG0) Publications: Title: The Talent Code; Greatness Isn't Born It's Grown Author: Daniel Coyle Publisher: Arrow Books, 2009 Title: The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance Author: Ericsson, K. Anders; Krampe, Ralf T.; Tesch-Rer, Clemens Publisher: Psychological Review: Vol 100(3), Jul 1993, 363-406. URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/50947539/Ericsson-et-al-Role-of-Deliberate-Practice-in-Acquisition-of-Expert-Performance Title: Toward a science of exceptional achievement: attaining superior performance through deliberate practice. Author: Ericsson KA, Nandagopal K, Roring RW. Publisher: Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Aug;1172:199-217. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1196/annals.1393.001/abstract Title: From the Guest Editors: How Do Experts Learn Author: A. Mark Williams and K. Anders Ericsson Publisher: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2008, 30, 653-662 URL: http://www.castonline.ilstu.edu/smith/405/readings_pdf/expert_rdngs/how_experts_learn_1.pdf Title: Cognitive functions of the cerebellum explain how Ericsson's deliberate practice produces giftedness Publisher: High Ability Studies; Vol 18, No 1, June 2007, pp89-92 URL: http://positivedisintegration.com/Vandervert2007.pdf Title: Deliberate practice and expert performance: defining the path to excellence Author: Paul Ward, Nicola J. Hodges, A. Mark Williams and Janet L. Starkes Publisher: London: Routledge (2004) URL: http://hkin.educ.ubc.ca/faculty/hodgesn/msl/docs/ward_chap.pdf In A.M. Williams and N.J. Hodges (Eds.), Skill acquisition in sport: Research, theory and practice (pp. 232-258). Title: Tracing the Development of Athletes Using Retrospective Interview Methods: A Proposed Interview and Validation Procedure for Reported Information Author: Jean C K. Anders Ericsson, Madelyn P. Law Publisher: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 1. (March 2005), pp. 1-19. URL: http://areas.fmh.utl.pt/~arosado/Repositorio/ficheiros/LONGTERM/Ref7.pdf Title: Success is all in the Mind Author: Shelley Gare Publisher: The Australian newspaper, January 24, 2009. URL: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/success-is-all-in-the-mind/story-e6frg8gf-1111118649674 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2011/3352585.htm

July 16 2011

17:07

Philosophy Bites

Barry C. Smith on Neuroscience -- Philosophers of mind have traditionally introspected sitting alone in their rooms. Now new developments in neuroscience are producing surprising results, some of which are relevant to philosophy. Phenomena such as blind sight and mirror neurones suggest that we would be foolish to decide what is possible a priori.

July 13 2011

11:42

David Eagleman: The Brains Behind the Mind

The Brains Behind the Mind David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, Baylor School of Medicine; Author, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival What is our subconscious mind doing while we pay our bills, write emails and decide between crunchy and smooth at the grocery store? As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body's hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable...

July 05 2011

10:30

The Infinite Monkey Cage: Science and the Supernatural

Robin Ince and Brian Cox pit science against the supernatural, as they explore ghosts and other paranormal phenomena with the help of actor and magician Andy Nyman, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Bruce Hood.

June 23 2011

15:29

Bionic Brains And What Science Can Foresee

In case you don’t read The Journal of Neural Engineering, here’s the news: scientists have created a brain implant that restores lost memory function and strengthens recall. A brain implant. Now, it was in a rat. But it’s proven what can be done. And offered a glimpse of what’s coming for humans. There is lots of talk about the “bionic brain.” To repair injuries, like Gabby Giffords’. To supplement brains like yours and mine. Check out this headline: “Intel Wants Brain Implants in Customers Heads by 2020.” It’s exciting, and it’s scary. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/06/21/bionic-brains
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