Dopamine – Dr. Anna Lembke – Neuroscience

Collective Insights | 19 July 2022 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anna Lembke about her book Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. Overviews dopamine, explains the pleasure-pain balance, explores the impact of culture and social institutions on human behavior, and discusses hormetic activities that naturally boost dopamine levels.

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Andy Clark on the Extended and Predictive Mind

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 1 May 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andy Clark about his book The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality. Explains the evidence that our minds work by predicting what is about to happen next, the powerful lens this offers through which to interpret all the different things our minds do, including the idea that “perception is controlled hallucination”.

See also the Many Minds episode with Mark Miller, Happiness and the Predictive Mind.

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The Mighty T-Rex Brain

Many Minds | 8 March 2023 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Suzana Herculano-Houzel about her paper Theropod dinosaurs had primate-like numbers of telencephalic neurons. Backgrounds that the most revealing thing about a brain is not how big it is or how big it is relative to the body, but simply how many neurons it has. Argues a T-Rex’s brain was comparable to a baboon’s so that it was probably quite behaviorally flexible and long-lived and may even have had culture.

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James Cantor – The World of Unusual Sexual Orientations

Modern Wisdom | 10 November 2022 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Cantor about psychology and the neuroscience of sex. Discusses his work researching some of the world’s most interesting and unusual sexual desires and the problems caused by our reluctance to allow people the help they need.

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Blindness, Neuroplasticity, and the Origins of Concepts

Many Minds | 17 August 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marina Bedny about her research on the way that blindness shapes our brains. Discusses how people who have been blind since birth nonetheless develop rich, sophisticated understandings of the visual world; how the visual cortex in blind folks gets repurposed for non-visual functions, like language; that blind people often outperform sighted people in certain kinds of tasks; and more.

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The Brain’s Many Maps

Many Minds | 10 November 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Rebecca Schwarzlose about her book Brainscapes: The warped, wondrous maps written in your brain—and how they guide you. Discusses what brain maps are and why brains evolved to make them; how warped these maps are, and why; how we rely on them for vision, touch, smell, and movement, not to mention for thinking about faces, places, numbers, and more.

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Jeff Hawkins — A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

The Michael Shermer Show | 4 April 2021 | 1h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeff Hawkins about his book A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence. Explains how simple cells in the brain create intelligence by using maplike structures to build hundreds of thousands of models of everything we know. Insights on how we perceive the world, why we have a sense of self, and the origin of high-level thought.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett on Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 26 January 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett about her book Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain. Discusses why thinking isn’t the primary reason the human brain evolved differently from other animals, the importance of caregivers on young children’s minds, how we influence each other’s mental makeup, why compression is a component of our brains creating our reality, and more.

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