Neuroscience Highlights for 2012 (BSP 92)
The Brain Science Podcast recently passed 4 million downloads and it remains entrenched at or near the top of the iTunes rankings for Science and Medicine. So now it's time for our 6th Annual Review Episode. The purpose of this year-ending podcast is to review some of the year's highlights and key ideas. As I reviewed the transcripts of this year's episodes I was struck by the fact that although each episode stands alone, they also inform one another. One unifying theme was the importance of taking an evolutionary approach to understanding how the human brain generates complex features like mind and consciousness.
Listen to Episode 92
Episode Transcript (Coming Soon!)
Interviews have become an outstanding feature of the Brain Science Podcast. This year I interviewed 10 scientist, including five who have appeared in past podcasts. Here is a list of this year's guests:
# Indicates returning guest. See Guest List for previous episode.
- Patricia Churchland, PhD (Professor Emeritus, University of California-San Diego)#*
- William Uttal, PhD (Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan)*
- Christof Koch, PhD (Chief Science Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Research)#*
- Sebastian Seung, PhD (Masschusetts Institute of Technology)*
- Rachel Herz, PhD (Brown University)#*
- Pamela Greenwood, PhD (George Mason University)*
- Terrence Deacon, PhD (University of California-Berkeley)*
- Bruce Hood, PhD (University of Bristol, UK)#*
- Evan Thompson, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada)*
- Jaak Panksepp, PhD (Washington State University)#*
* See the Bibliography page for books featured on the Brain Science Podcast.
In addition to discussing the books by these guests, I also reviewed Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga and Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio.