The Brain Science Podcast turns TEN!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 35 Comments
TEN years and still going strong
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another article in the Brain Based Resources Series
with content reblogged from an article back in 2012
“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.” ~ Dr. Ginger Campbell
The Podcast for Everyone who has a Brain
I have been singing the praises of Dr. Ginger Campbell’s fascinating Brain Science Podcast for years now.
It is one of my very favorite ways of keeping step as science marches on.
Given that she is currently celebrating her Ten Year Anniversary, I decided it was time for me to introduce it anew.
I have many new readers since I wrote my first article urging everyone to check it out.
If you are not already listening, you are missing a fascinating brain-based resource that will make you feel like you have your own neuro-PhD after listening to a few episodes.
In the years since her podcast launched, Ginger has interviewed quite a few leading scientists and writers, many of whom have now become subscribers themselves. I have described a mere FIVE of these below, hoping to whet your appetite for more.
Woven throughout her interviews are episodes with book summaries and topic-focused informational “lectures” in her own voice, and supporting all is a web-based discussion forum, a FaceBook Group, and her comprehensive website. Her ShowNotes are top-notch too.
My much earlier unsolicited RAVE offers brief descriptions and links to particular interviews of individuals whose names long-time readers of ADDandSoMuchMORE.com will recognize from articles here.
I hope that you will jump over to skim that post as well – and jump from there to Ginger’s Brain Science Podcast website to give yourselves a real treat.
For ANYONE who has a brain
There are now over 130 interview episodes available, the show has been ranked #1 on iTunes™, and BSP has enjoyed well over 2 million downloads.
- It’s so popular because she manages somehow to appeal to long time “neuro-geeks” and newbie non-scientists alike.
- She makes the content easily accessible, not only by adding her own comments to back-fill information that she understands but WE might not – but also by pointing to resources and other podcasts in the series to add additional depth to the conversation for those who want more.
The most recent episodes of the series can be streamed for free, and can also be downloaded to play on another device without charge. Although donations are appreciated, for those who can swing it, you can download several years worth of brain candy for absolutely nothing.
For those of you who prefer to read (or for those who want to do both), a transcript of each episode is available in pdf format for a measly dollar. I happily pay $1.00 for my pdf downloads — they’re more than worth it!
You can EVEN listen on your smart phone. If you want to stream to your cell, there’s an ap available for an extremely reasonable charge.
Listen while you work, exercise, or relax
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.
- She also does everything she can to make sure that everyone in her target audience (“anyone with a brain”) gets full value out of each episode.
- 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.
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Five Brain [based] Teasers
Lets take a brief look at FIVE of the interviews Ginger has conducted more recently than the ones I linked to my original article.
I’m hoping to entice at least some of the avid readers among the many writers who follow ADDandSoMuchMORE.com to go explore what’s available – as well as many of you who are struggling and looking for help and new information to take to your doctors.
I spent a great deal of time providing links to some of the books, podcasts, people and terms below, so I hope you will take advantage of an easy way to find out more about some really fascinating and important brain-based topics. (They open in their own tabs, so you can investigate as you go without losing your place in this article).
1. Dr. Evan Thompson, PhD.
Evan Thompson is best known as a co-author of The Embodied Mind, Cognitive science and human experience (with Francisco Varela and Eleanor Rosch), one of the pioneering books that launched the field now known as embodied cognition.
Ginger first interviewed him in Episode 89, when they talked about his last book, Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind.
In Episode 115, she interviewed him for the second time. He returned to discuss his new book, Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy.
Waking, Dreaming, Being takes us through various states of consciousness that scientists are just beginning to study: dreaming, lucid dreaming (aware that you’re dreaming as you dream), deep sleep, and even near-death experiences — with a focus on how our sense of self changes during these different states.
Science still doesn’t know why we dream, but it is coming around to the idea that each stage has some sort of physiological purpose. An important implication of lucid dreaming is its challenge to the idea that dreaming is a mere epiphenomenon.
An epiphenomenon (plural: epiphenomena) is a secondary phenomenon that occurs alongside or in parallel to a primary phenomenon. The word has two senses, one that connotes known causation and one that connotes absence of causation or reservation of judgment about it. ~ Wikipedia
2. Dr. Norman Doidge
Psychiatrist Norman Doidge, MD was a return visitor as well. In Episode 116, she talked with him about his new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.
His focus is on the clinical applications of the underlying principles of neuroplasticity. Although they are well-established in the research community, many in the clinical medicine community are unaware of them still.
Old views that the brain is largely fixed in adulthood make it difficult for new approaches to reach the majority of patients looking for help.
His interest in brain plasticity came from his years in the world of learning disabilities, where treatments based on brain plasticity are still not mainstream — and, early in his career, he studied under neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel (who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons in 2000).
Earlier, in Episode 26 Ginger and Doidge discussed his first book, the best-seller that introduced a lot of people to the idea of neuroplasticity, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
If you are a fan of the amazing results demonstrated by Barbara Arrowsmith Young, you will love what Doidge has to say.
As Ginger underscores:
Many of these treatments have been dismissed as fringe techniques, junk science or flat-out quackery, only partly because they go against the still rather ingrained dogma that our brains can’t really change after childhood.
Doidge emphasizes that developing new treatments will require
a paradigm shift in the way science and medicine think about the brain.
In his opinion, we currently have what he calls a “too material, too chemical, and too digital” view of the brain, and this has negatively impacted our understanding of brain damage.
The big take-away is that the brain’s very ability to learn as well as heal and relearn depends on forming, unforming, and reforming circuits very rapidly – a much more startling idea than the acceptance of the discovery that that the adult brain does, in fact, have the ability to make new neurons.
3. Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, PhD
While Ginger discussed his earlier book, Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain back in Episode 82, Gazzaniga himself wasn’t available for interview until some time afterwards.
It was in Episode 117 that she finally was able to interview the man considered by many to be the father of cognitive neuroscience, talking with him about the most recent of his many books, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.
They discussed his famous research with split-brain patients, where the connection between the the left and right hemisphere had to be severed for health-related reasons.
That led to the discovery of what Gazzaniga terms the brain’s interpreter.
Only in a split-brain patient study could it become clear that it is the brain’s left hemisphere that seems to be responsible for generating the “story” of what’s going on, even when only the right hemisphere has been presented with a situation.
When the connection between the two halves is severed, neither side communicates with the other. So by covering the right eye, it is possible to keep the left side of the brain “in the dark” while something is presented or changed.
In an attempt to explain what is clearly present the moment the left side is allowed to realize it, the patient will confabulate, making things up to explain how or why it happened!
4. John J Ratey, MD
I can’t fail to mention our very own John Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry.
He is also one of the world’s foremost authorities
on the brain-fitness connection.
In addition to Driven to Distraction and his other ADD books, he is the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, which you can hear discussed in Episode 33.
Ratey returned to talk with Ginger about ADD in Episode 45, 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.
5. Dr. Edward Taub, PhD
A revolutionary approach to stroke & TBI rehabilitation
Last, but certainly NOT least, I want to make sure I introduce many of you to the work of Edward Taub.
For the last 20+ years he has pioneered the use of his revolutionary and amazingly effective approach to stroke and TBI rehabilitation, and the treatment of other brain injuries — ALL made possible through the miracle of neuroplasticity.
Complete recovery has been possible in a great many of the cases Taub has treated, even with patients who have been considerably disabled for many years. Because it is so different from traditional physical therapy, CI requires special training and, unfortunately, is still not covered by many major insurance companies.
Although the Veteran’s Administration recognizes CI as the preferred treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury [TBI], they currently have no therapists trained in the method that I was able to locate as I posted this article. Unfortunately for the many who could be helped, it seems to me that they are waiting for many more empirical studies to be conducted and replicated.
Ginger first talked with Dr. Taub back in Episode 28. She talked about his work in previous episodes (including Episode 10 and Episode 26) as an important example of the practical implications of brain plasticity.
Because the Taub Clinic is located in Birmingham, Alabama where Ginger also practices, Taub is one of her few guests she was able to meet in person.
A great way to learn when you’re too slammed to read
Related Post: The Brain: Why much of what you think you know is WRONG
If you’re daunted by my list of Brain-Based Books – wondering how you’ll ever find the time to read them all – go take a look at the list of people she’s interviewed on her podcast in the last ten years. 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.
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.
- 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 with what your colleagues are up to in neuro-fields that aren’t your particular area of expertise. You won’t be alone.
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.
Don’t die of thirst at the banks of the stream —
(run your cursor over the above and TONs of links to great stuff all over the ‘net will jump out at you)
Full Disclosure: This is another 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.”
As I said before, I don’t make a penny for this (and she makes very little for the HUGE time commitment it takes to put the podcast together, by the way, so donate to her efforts if you can possibly afford it).
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CLICK HERE for a complete list of Brain Science Podcast [BSP] episodes.
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A bunch of other articles in the Brain Based Resources Series
here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com
(Reminder: links turn red on mouseover)
- Brain-based Coaching with Madelyn Griffith-Haynie
- Group Coaching LinkList
- Private Coaching Fees and Formats
- The Wisdom of Compensating for Deficits
- Full Recovery after “No Hope” Concussion
- Nick: A Personal Triumph over Brain Damage
- 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)
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
Related Resources ’round the ‘net
- Doidge on Brain Plasticity (Scientific Learning)
- Posit Science Website
- The Woman Who Did Not Accept Her Disabilities And Changed Her Brain (howtolearn.com)
- 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)
- Emotional Changes after Brain Injury
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