Ben is joined by John Vervaeke, a researcher who finds ways to integrate and synthesize information across a wide range of fields: neural stimulation technology, mindfulness meditation, altered states of consciousness… and helps researchers from all these fields discover common … Continue reading “Mindfulness and Other Neurotechnologies” – Podcast 17: John Vervaeke
We all have moments of wondering, “Why did I make that decision? Why did my brain want to do that?” Teagan Wall has devoted her career to studying questions like these, and she joins Ben today to talk about the … Continue reading “Making Better Decisions… Scientifically” – Podcast 15: Teagan Wall
New neuroscience discoveries about consciousness keep popping up all the time — but where’s the line between abstract philosophy and hard science? Ben is joined by Bernard Baars, one of the founding fathers of the modern neuroscience of consciousness, to … Continue reading “The Hard Science of Consciousness Research” – Podcast 14: Bernard Baars
Ben digs into our habits: why they form, why they stick, and how to break ’em. But he also shares some insights on making your habits work for you – to motivate you to stay fit and productive. Enjoy, and feel free to email us questions and suggestions for next time! (Produced by Devin O’Neill) Continue reading “Habits: Making ‘Em & Breaking ‘Em” — Podcast 3
Just a minute of physical exertion can seriously impair a person’s memory of the threat that triggered it, says a new study. When we undergo a strenuous task, such as a chase or a fight, immediately after witnessing an event, we have much less ability to remember the event’s details than if we’d taken time to process what we’ve seen. This calls the concept of eyewitness testimony into serious question. As I’ve written here and Jonah Lehrer has written here, our memories aren’t nearly as static as we might like to think. In fact, each time we recall a memory, … Continue reading Mixed-Up Memories
On the second Connectome podcast, Ben muses about three of the hottest topics in neuroscience today: what “consciousness” might be, how it relates to dreams, and how drugs can play some strange tricks on that relationship. Enjoy, and feel free to email us questions and suggestions for next time! (Produced by Devin O’Neill) Continue reading “Consciousness, Dreams & Drugs” — Podcast 2
I’ve just returned from a thrilling weekend at the BIL Conference in Long Beach, California (yes, the pun on “TED” is very intentional) where I met all kinds of smart, fun people – including lots of folks who share my love for braaaiiins! So I thought I’d introduce you guys to some of the friends I made. I think you’ll be as surprised – and as excited – as I am. Backyard Brains Their motto is “neuroscience for everyone” – how cool is that? They sell affordable kits that let you experiment at home with the nervous systems of insects … Continue reading Neuroscience Friends!