In BS 137 neuroscientist Seth Grant describes his surprising new discovery that brain complexity is controlled by a “genetic lifespan calendar” that determines the timing of brain changes through out the lifespan. We also explore the exciting implications of this discovery. Please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com for detailed show notes and episode transcripts. Our new sponsor is The Great Courses Plus. For a free month of video streaming and downloads go to http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/ginger. Note for Premium Subscribers: The episode transcript for BS 137 will be released later this week. 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.
In Brain Science 136 we discuss “Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It” by Mark Seidenberg. We consider the disturbing gap between our scientific knowledge of reading and current education practices in the US. This episode will provide the listener with some important basics about how reading changes our brains and what is known about how children learn to read. Learning to read is not as automatic as learning to talk and when problems arise, early intervention is essential. We also consider some of the fascinating differences between written languages and how they reflect underlying differences between spoken languages. Plus—- Why speed reading is as myth! Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for extra content. Send feedback to email@example.com. For more references and episode transcripts please visit http://brainsciencepodcast.com. About the “Brain Science” Podcast
This episode features Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. We discuss the evidence AGAINST the classical theory that emotions are universal and hardwired, as well as her new theory of Constructed Emotions. This new theory has significant implications for how we understand ourselves and others. Detailed show notes are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Bonus Content is available for Premium Subscribers and Patreon supporters. Please send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. About the “Brain Science” Podcast
Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience died in April 2017 at the age of 73. Because he was one of our most popular guests we are replaying his first interview from 2010. Please visit Brain Science website for detailed show notes and links to transcripts. Here are links to the show notes for his other free interviews. BS 91 Books and Ideas 51 In the next episode we will explore newer theories of emotion, but I think Dr. Panksepp’s legacy is worth honoring. Send feedback to email@example.com Follow Dr. Campbell on Twitter @docartemis. About the “Brain Science” Podcast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave voice feedback at http://speakpipe.com/docartemis. About the “Brain Science” Podcast