Brain Science Podcast: REALLY Good Stuff!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2 Comments
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MORE than Brain Basics
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another article in the Brain Based Resources Series
Are you aware of Dr. Ginger Campbell‘s Brain Science Podcast? If you are not already listening, you are missing an AMAZING resource. The series itself is absolutely free, and can also be downloaded to play on another device without charge. (Donations are appreciated, for those who can swing it).
Don’t Like to Listen?
The transcript of each episode is available in pdf format for a measly dollar, for those of you who prefer to READ (or for those who want them BOTH!)The most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Additional premium content, including episode transcripts and older episodes, is available via our Premium Subscription Plan. Individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased in the BSP Store. – See more at: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/faq#sthash.LBZA0eOL.dpufThe most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Additional premium content, including episode transcripts and older episodes, is available via our Premium Subscription Plan. Individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased in the BSP Store. – See more at: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/faq#sthash.LBZA0eOL.dpufThe most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Additional premium content, including episode transcripts and older episodes, is available via our Premium Subscription Plan. Individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased in the BSP Store. – See more at: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/faq#sthash.LBZA0eOL.dpuf
If you prefer to listen to the interviews, it can be even easier for some of you: THERE’S AN AP FOR THAT!
You read that correctly – you can EVEN listen on your smart phone. If you want to stream to your cell, the ap is available for an extremely reasonable charge.
In her own words:
On the Brain Science Podcast we explore how recent scientific discoveries are unraveling age-old mysteries, such as intelligence, emotions, personality, and memory. We also look at why the brain is much more complex than any computer yet devised.
Since the podcast launched, I have had the opportunity to interview quite a few leading scientists and writers and the show has been ranked #1 on iTunes™.
There are now over
70+ 96+ 107 112127 interview episodes available, and the Brain Science Podcast has enjoyed well over 2 million downloads.
Update: Since January, 2014 there has been a slight change, to help Ginger offset web fees and the costs associated with pdf transcription and the production of the podcast.
- The most recent 25 episodes are STILL free (that’s over two years of free content!)
- Additional premium content, including access to ALL episode transcripts and older episodes, is available by enrolling in her Premium Subscription Plan.
- For archived podcasts, individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased at a VERY modest cost in the BSP Store. (I happily pay $1.00 for my pdf downloads these days — they’re more than worth it!)BSP Store.
So let’s take a look at the kind of interviews she produces.
Not Just for ADD or EFD
While our very own Dr. John Ratey — co-author of the ADD classic Driven to Distraction, in addition to Shadow Syndromes, and his best selling “brain” book, A User’s Guide to the Brain — is one of luminaries she has convinced to talk brain-science with her, this podcast is not an ADD-specific resource. It runs the gamut!
If you’re daunted by my list of Brain-Based Books – wondering how you’ll ever find the time to read them all – take a look at the list of people she’s interviewed. You’ll find the names of some of the authors of books on my Resource Lists, as well as some of the scientists I have mentioned in my articles, talks, and many of my classes, names like:
- Norman Doidge, MD: Author of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science; Episode 26.
- Edward Taub, PhD: Revolutionary approach to stroke & TBI rehabilitation; Episode 28 — and an update on Taub’s work in Episode 119 (part 1) and Episode 120 (part 2)
- Daniel J Siegel, MD: Meditation and the Brain; Episode 44.
- Michael Merzenich, PhD: Who pioneered the study of brain plasticity; Episode 54.
- Allan Jones, PhD: Talking about the brain mapping initiatives at The Allen Institute for Brain Research; Episode 61.
- David Eagleman, PhD: Author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain; Episode 75.
- Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD: Author of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines—and How It Will Change Our Lives; Episodes 79 with an overview of the book in Episode 78.
- Sebastian Seung, PhD: Author of Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are; Episode 85 and
- Temple Grandin, PhD: Author of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, among others; Episode 99
- and let’s not forget our very own John J Ratey, MD: Author of — in addition to Driven to Distraction, and his other ADD books — Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain; Episode 33.
(In Episode 45 Dr. Ratey returned to talk about ADD, and returned again in 2014 in Episode 111 for more on the benefits of exercise in nature, following the publishing of his latest book: Go Wild)
(run your cursor over the above and TONs of links to great stuff all over the ‘net will jump out at you)
The CONTENT is the star of this podcast.
While there’s nothing quite like reading the book to add depth to your learning, one of the things I LOVE about this podcast is the intelligence of the interview.
Not only is Ginger a wonderful interviewer, she does her homework before she speaks with each guest. She asks just the right questions to make sure her listeners get the “meat” of the content – and she gives her guests PLENTY of time to develop a thought.
For interviews of concepts and ideas that might be more complex than new listeners could be expected to grasp on first listening, immediately following the interview itself she returns to summarize, and to cover anything that she feels needs a bit of extra explanation.
She does everything she can to make sure that everyone in her target audience (“anyone with a brain”) — gets full value out of each podcast.
But WAIT, there’s m-o-r-e . . .
Ginger makes the content accessible to the non-scientist, not only by adding her own comments to back-fill information that she understands but WE might not – but also by pointing us to other podcasts in the series to add additional depth to the conversation.
Her ShowNotes are top notch, and her website adds value. Interspersed with the interviews themselves are book reviews, topic focused informational “lectures” in her own voice, and supporting all is a web-based discussion forum.
AND STILL MORE!
What are you waiting for? Catch up with the brain-based revolution. Go check it out and begin listening immediately.
- If you’re new to all this, subscribe so that you can start at the very beginning to back-fill your information base. Listen to the new podcasts as they come out. By the time you are “caught up” you’ll feel like you have your own neuro-Ph.D.
- If you’re already an old hand at neuroscience, jump around and listen first to the topics that intersect with your particular fascination, AS you keep up with each new podcast she posts. It’s a great way to stay up to date about what your colleagues are up to in neuro-fields that aren’t your particular area of expertise. You won’t be alone. In fact, her listeners include many of those she once interviewed.
Download them ALL, however. I promise you WILL want to hear them all eventually, and who knows how much longer any of them will be available at no charge.
Full Disclosure: This is an unsolicited rave. It is my support of YOU by making you aware of the existence of this amazing resource, walking my talk that “it takes a village to educate a world.” I don’t make a penny (and she makes very little for the HUGE time commitment it takes to put this together, by the way, so donate to her efforts if you can possibly afford it).
Don’t die of thirst at the banks of the stream — DRINK, already!
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CLICK HERE for a complete list of Brain Science Podcast [BSP] episodes.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of the people interviewed on Ginger Campbell’s BSP
CLICK HERE for all of her pdf transcripts – for only a dollar!
A few other articles in the Brain Based Resources Series
here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com
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- Brain-based Coaching with Madelyn Griffith-Haynie
- Making the Connection: Brain-based Coaching Intro
- Brain-based Overview (part 2 in the series)
- Lessons from the TBI Community (TBI-part 1)
- Gathering the Tribe: Characteristics and Challenges (TBI-2)
- Brain-Based References: Books on Mind and Brain
- Brain-Based Resources: Blogs & Websites
- Brain-Based References: Attentional Spectrum Books
- Booklist from the original ADD Coach Training
Others who clicked on the above articles also looked at:
- Brain-based Coaching Paradigms
- Got Memory (Part I)
- ADD Overview-101 (first in a series)
- Brand New Brain-based resource
- Doige on Brain Plasticity (Scientific Learning)
- Posit Science Website
- The Woman Who Did Not Accept Her Disabilities And Changed Her Brain (howtolearn.com)
- Dr. Merzenich’s Brain Blog (Fast ForWord™ – Brain Basics)
- Merzenich and Neuromodulation Interview
(Children of the Code – Video: Signal-to-Noise & Language – Neuroplasticity & Sound)
- Merzenich Interview on Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method (bettermovement.org – includes video)
And still MORE Brain-Based Articles ’round the ‘net
- Neuroplasticity: It’s not just for young pups – Brains of older people change, too (westallen.typepad.com —
Brains on Purpose™ – Stephanie West Allan,in collaboration with Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D.)
- Roots of human self-awareness: New study points to a complex, diffuse patchwork of brain pathways (sciencedaily.com – “Meet Patient R”)
- Location of the mind remains a mystery (newscientist.com – take time to read the comments)
- DNA Music (thebeautifulbrain.com)
- Inside Paul Allen’s Quest To Reverse Engineer The Brain (forbes.com)
- Podcast August 12-12-12 With Project Member Sarah Levis- Brain AVM (abledis.com)
ABLED-is – DisAbilities advocates – The 12 Months, 12 Journeys, 12 Lessons podcast
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