Saturday, December 29, 2012

Brain Science Podcast - Neuroscience Highlights for 2012 (BSP 92)

Dr. Ginger Campbell, devotes this month's Brain Science Podcast to a review of the guests and topics she has covered in 2012. The guest list is impressive: Patricia Churchland, PhD, William Uttal, PhD, Christof Koch, PhD, Sebastian Seung, PhD, Rachel Herz, PhD, Pamela Greenwood, PhD, Terrence Deacon, PhD, Bruce Hood, PhD, Evan Thompson, PhD, and Jaak Panksepp, PhD.


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.
* 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.

Related Episodes:
  • BSP 32: Brief Introduction to Brain Anatomy
  • BSP 47: Basics of Brain Evolution
  • BSP 57: Chris Frith, author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World
  • BSP 67: Thomas Metzinger, author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self

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