How many neurons does the typical human brain contain? The oft-quoted number of 100 billion turns out to have been a guess that was wrong! By a lot! Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel is the Brazilian neuroscientist who developed a revolutionary new technique for accurately counting the neurons in brains of all sizes. She shocked the scientific community when she determined that the average human brain contains only 86 billion neurons, but we still have more neurons in our cerebral cortex than any other species. Learn what all this means in Brain Science 133. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for detailed show notes and episode transcripts. Send email to Dr. Campbell at email@example.com or leave voice feedback at http://speakpipe.com/docartemis. About the “Brain Science” Podcast
The Brain Science Podcast was launched in 2006 by Dr. Ginger Campbell, an experienced emergency physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. We interview scientists and discuss the latest books about the brain. The Brain Science Podcast comes out once a month. The most recent 25 episodes are available for FREE in iTunes. Please visit our website for more episodes and transcripts.
Dr. William Uttal first appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2012. He was a long time critic of over reliance of certain types of brain imaging, especially fMRI, in cognitive neuroscience. Sadly, he died in February 2017, so in his honor I am replaying that original interview. The points he made are just as relevant now as they were 5 years ago. Links and References Uttal, W. R. (2011) Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Uttal, W. R. (2009) Neuroscience in the Courtroom: What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Mind and the Brain. Ihnen, S. K. Z., Church, J. A.. Petersen, S. E., & Schlaggar, B.L. (2009) Lack of generalizability of sex difference in the fMRI Bold Activity associated with language processes in adults. NeuroImage, 45, 1020-1032. Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2005). “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”. PLoS Medicine 2 (8): e124. BSP 46: How fMRI works. Announcements You can now record your voice feedback at http://speakpipe.com/docartemis. Brain Science is now 100% listener supported. You can support the show via direction donations, Premium Subscription, or Patreon. I am planning to attend this year’s Society of Neuroscience Meeting, which is being held in Washington DC November 11-15, 2017. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you […]
In this episode we focus on the most recent 5 years of Brain Science, looking back at our guests and topics with a focus on the question What is Mind? Since there is no consensus about this deeply human question, I am sharing how my own thoughts have grown and evolved over 10 years of reading, talking to scientists and philosophers and creating this podcast. Since this is part 2 of our 10 years celebration, I have also included some more listener feedback. Thanks to everyone who has sent me feedback since the show started in December 2006. You are the reason I hope to continue to create new episodes in 2017 and beyond. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send email feedback to email@example.com. About the “Brain Science” Podcast
In this episode, Dr. Ginger Campbell celebrates The Brain Science Podcast/Brain Science’s 10 year anniversary. This episode focuses on the first 5 years of the podcast. Find out how the show got started and listen as Dr. Campbell shares some of her most memorable episodes. We also have some listener feedback, so join us for the celebration! For complete show notes and episode transcripts go to http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Send Dr. Campbell feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Post a review in iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite app store and send us a screen shot to enter the drawing of a year of free Premium Content. About the “Brain Science” Podcast
In December, Brain Science (podcast) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. I want to include listener feedback so I posted this brief call to action. Please send your mp3 or email to email@example.com. Also, if you enjoy our sponsor Audible.com, please check out Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M. by Suzanne Corkin. About the “Brain Science” Podcast