Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone
The Show for Everyone with a Brain

BS 157 Donald MacKay, author of “Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works”
May 24 • 78 min
This episode of Brain Science features Dr. Donald MacKay, author of Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works. H.M. may have been the most studied patient in history, but Mackay’s…
BS 156 Russell Poldrack talks about Brain Imaging (fMRI)
Apr 26 • 66 min
This is an interview with Stanford psychologist, Dr Russell A. Poldrack, author of ”The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts.” We discuss a brief history of the use of fMRI brain imaging with an emphasis on how to…
BS 155 Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience with Paul Middlebrooks
Mar 22 • 61 min
In this episode I talk with fellow podcaster and neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks about the intersection between neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
BS 154 Alan Castel explores the psychology of successful aging
Feb 22 • 60 min
This is an interview with Dr. Alan Castel, author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. In the past we have discussed how our brain changes as we age, but it turns out successful aging requires more than “good genes.” Our attitudes and…
BS 153 “Understanding the Brain” with John Dowling
Jan 25 • 85 min
This is an interview with neuroscientist John E Dowling. We discuss his latest books: “Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition” and “Vision: How It Works and What Can Go Wrong.” It is a good episode for listeners who are new to…
BS 152 Twelfth Annual Review Episode
Dec 28, 2018 • 32 min
This is our 12th annual review episode. In 2018 nine new books were featured and the subjects covered included memory, peri-personal cells, creativity, language, reading, the cerebral mystique, synapses, happiness, emotion and work of Eve Marder. We had 4…
BS 151 Neuroscience of Emotion
Nov 21, 2018 • 39 min
This is a discussion of ”The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis” by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. We talk about key ideas from the book and relate them to several previous episodes about emotion including interviews with Jaak Panksepp, Lisa…
BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome
Oct 26, 2018 • 60 min
This is my 4th interview with Dr. Seth Grant, the molecular biologist who has discovered surprising things about the evolution of the synapse, including the fact that vertebrates have much more complex synapses than invertebrates.Now his team has…
Announcements about Boston and Australia
Oct 13, 2018 • 2 min
Brief announcement with important details about upcoming trips to Boston and Australia
BS 149 “Happy Brain” with Dr. Dean Burnett
Sep 28, 2018 • 65 min
This is an episode for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an interview with Dr. Dean Burnett, author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why.
BS 148 Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder
Aug 24, 2018 • 64 min
This is the interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Eve Marder, which I originally recorded back in 2009. I am reposting it now as a follow-up to last month’s review of Charlotte Nassim’s excellent biography ”Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder’s…
BS 147: Eve Marder’s Life in Neuroscience
Jul 27, 2018 • 46 min
This is a discussion of the new biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder’s Work in Neuroscience by Charlotte Nassim. This is an intellectual biography of one of neuroscientists least know pioneers. Dr. Marder was interviewed on this podcast back in…
BS 146 Alan Jasanoff on The Biological Mind
Jun 20, 2018 • 55 min
Dr. Alan Jasanoff works as a neuroscientist at MIT. We discuss his book “The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are.” Learn more at
BS 145 The Reading Brain with Maryanne Wolf
May 25, 2018 • 58 min
This episode is an interview with Dr. Maryanne Wolf, author of “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain” and “Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century.” This is a thought provoking conversation that will interest listeners of all…
BS 144 Language in the Brain with Angela Friederici
Apr 26, 2018 • 51 min
This is an interview with Dr. Angela Friederici, author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. Her book is an extensive review of decades of research, but this interview provides an accessible introduction to listeners of all…
BS 143 Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg
Mar 23, 2018 • 53 min
This is an interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of ”Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation.” We explore the roles of both the pre-frontal lobes and the right cerebral hemisphere, and we consider how the rapid rate of change may…
BS 142 Michael Graziano explores Peripersonal Neurons
Feb 23, 2018 • 56 min
This is an interview with neuroscientist Michael Graziano about his latest book ”The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature.” We explore the discovery of peripersonal neurons and discover how deeply they are imbedded in…
BS 141 Rodrigo Quian Quiroga on Memory and Perception
Jan 24, 2018 • 52 min
This is an iinterview with Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the “Jennifer Aniston Neuron.” We explore how our brains construct both perception and memory, with an emphasis on meaning over exact detail. We…
BS 140 Brain Science Review of 2017
Dec 22, 2017 • 49 min
Host Dr. Ginger Campbell looks back on 2017, which included interviews with Susana Herculano-Houzel, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Seth Grant, John Medina, and Jeff Hawkins. We also replayed interview from the late Jaak Panksepp and William Uttal.
BS 139 Jeff Hawkins from Numenta
Nov 27, 2017 • 64 min
Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence and founder of Numenta gives listeners an update on his team’s research into how the neocortex produces intelligence. He discusses an exciting new theory of why the cortex consists of columns and how these columns…
BS 138 John Medina: Brain Rules for Aging Well
Oct 23, 2017 • 65 min
Dr. John Medina returns to discuss his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. This is a lively discussion full of useful information for listeners of all ages.
BS 137 Seth Grant: “Genetic Lifespan Calendar”
Sep 25, 2017 • 53 min
Seth Grant describes his surprising new discovery that brain complexity is controlled by a “genetic lifespan calendar” that determines the timing of brain changes through out the lifespan. We also explore the exciting implications of this discovery.
BS 136 Why Reading Science Matters
Aug 28, 2017 • 75 min
We review “Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It” by Mark Seidenberg.
BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made
Jul 31, 2017 • 90 min
Lisa Feldman Barrett is the author of “How Emotions are Made, ” which challenges the deeply entrenched (classical) assumption that emotions are universal and hardwired. In this interview we discuss the evidence against the old theory and explore her new…
BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience
Jul 5, 2017 • 68 min
Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience died in April 2017 at the age of 73. Because he was one of our most popular guests we are replaying his first interview from 2010.
BS 133 Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel
Apr 26, 2017 • 64 min
In “The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable” Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel explains the surprisingly discovery that human brains have fewer neurons than has long been assumed. This episode is an interview with Herculano-Houzel.
BS 132 William Uttal on the limitations of brain imaging
Mar 30, 2017 • 70 min
Dr. William Uttal first appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2012. He was a long time critic of over reliance of certain types of brain imaging, especially fMRI, in cognitive neuroscience. Sadly, he died in February 2017, so in his honor I am…
BS 131: What is Mind? part 2 of our 10th Anniversary Retrospective
Jan 30, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode we focus on the most recent 5 years of Brain Science, looking back at our guests and topics with a focus on the question What is Mind? Since there is no consensus about this deeply human question, I am sharing how my own thoughts have…
Brain Science 130 Ten Year Anniversary, Part 1 - The Early Years
Dec 20, 2016 • 42 min
n this episode, Dr. Ginger Campbell celebrates The Brain Science Podcast/Brain Science’s 10 year anniversary. This episode focuses on the first 5 years of the podcast. Find out how the show got started and listen as Dr. Campbell shares some of her most…
Brain Science: 10th Anniversary Preview
Nov 20, 2016 • 5 min
Learn how you can be part of Brain Science’s 10 Anniversary Episode
BSP 129 Dr. Brenda Milner: Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory
Oct 4, 2016 • 52 min
Dr. Brenda Milner talks about her life’s work and her most famous experiments. Dr. Milner was a pioneer in the field of neuropsychology and in the study of memory and other cognitive functions in humankind. She is best known for her work with split-brain…
BSP 128 Jon Mallatt: Primary Consciousness and Experience
Sep 1, 2016 • 77 min
Jon Mallat talk about the book he co-authored, “The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience”. The focus on this conversation is on primary consciousness, the most base form of consciousness.
Brain Science: Information for Listeners
Aug 23, 2016 • 9 min
Brain Science (formerly the Brain Science Podcast) has been on a 6 month hiatus. This short audio provides information for both new listeners and longtime fans. I talk briefly about the background and content of the show. Then I explain how to get more…
BSP 127 Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti
Mar 1, 2016 • 52 min
This is a follow-up to an earlier episode, which was an interview with Fabrizio Benedetti, author of ”Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease”. In this new interview we discuss some of Dr. Benedetti’s most recent research into…
BSP 126 Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind
Jan 28, 2016 • 66 min
This is an interview with Andy Clark, author of ”Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind.” Our focus is on integrating a predictive model of the brain with the principles of embodied cognition. Clark makes these topics accessible to…
BSP 125 Ninth Annual Review Episode
Dec 23, 2015 • 67 min
A Look Back Our Exploration of Neuroscience in 2015
BSP 124 After Phrenology with Michael Anderson
Nov 23, 2015 • 67 min
Philosopher turned neuroscientist Michael Anderson talks about his new book “After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain.” One of the most surprising recent discoveries in neuroscience has been that every part of the brain actually…
BSP 123 Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition with Anthony Chemero
Oct 28, 2015 • 70 min
This is an interview with Anthony Chemero, author of” Radical Embodied Cognitive Science” and “Phenomenology: an Introduction.” Our focus is gaining an appreciation for phenomenology as a living philosophical tradition that is making valuable…
BSP 122 Neurobiology of Placebos
Sep 28, 2015 • 62 min
This is a replay of the interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease and The Patient’s Brain: The neuroscience behind the doctor-patient. We talk about the neurobiology of placebos,…
BSP Summer Announcements
Aug 30, 2015 • 23 min
After some brief announcements, Brain Science Podcast host Ginger Campbell, MD remembers her husband Dennis G Smith who died unexpectedly on July 25, 2015.
BSP 121 Interoception with Dr. AD (Bud) Craig
Jul 28, 2015 • 53 min
This is an interview with AD (Bud) Craig, author of ”How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self.” Dr. Craig has made some surprising discoveries about how information about our body’s inner state (interoception) reaches our…
BSP 120 Ed Taub Part 2
Jul 2, 2015 • 50 min
This is the second half of my interview with Dr. Ed Taub, pioneer of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy), which is a revolutionary approach to rehabilating people with stroke and other brain injuries.
BSP 119 Dr. Ed Taub: Stroke Rehab and Brain Plasticity (neuroplasticity)
May 25, 2015 • 38 min
This is the first half of a new interview with Dr. Edward Taub who last appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2007. His Constraint Induced (CT) Therapy is a pioneering rehabilitation method that taps into brain plasticity to help patients with a…
BSP 118 Neuroanatomy for Everyone
Apr 28, 2015 • 57 min
This episode provides an accessible introduction to neuroantomy for listeners of all backgrounds. We discuss “Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain” by David Bainbridge.
BSP 117: Michael Gazzaniga, father of cognitive neuroscience
Mar 22, 2015 • 40 min
This is an interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga. We focus on his new autobiography “Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.”
BSP 116 Norman Doidge, MD on “The Brain’s Way of Healing”
Feb 22, 2015 • 69 min
This is an interview with Dr. Norman Doidge about his new book “The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.” In his previous bestseller, “The Brain That Changes Itself,” Dr. Doidge featured that…
BSP 115 Evan Thompson: Eastern Philosophy meets Western Neuroscience
Jan 29, 2015 • 58 min
This is an interview with Evan Thompson about his new book “Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy.” We explore whether Eastern Philosophy and Western Neuroscience can inform and enrich one another
BSP 114 Eighth Annual Review Episode
Dec 22, 2014 • 38 min
The Brain Science Podcast celebrated its eighth anniversary on December 5, 2014, which makes this our 8th annual review episode. Topics discussed in 2014 included brain plasticity, the interaction of cognition and emotion, sleep, consciousness,…
BSP 113 Dalai Lama at UAB
Nov 26, 2014 • 32 min
This episode features highlights and excerpts from the event “Neuroplasticity and Healing,” which was held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on October 25, 2014. The event featured His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and neuroscientists Norman…
BSP 112 What do Mirror Neurons Do?
Oct 16, 2014 • 55 min
This is an interview with Dr. Gregory Hickok, author ”The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition.” We review what mirror neurons are, how they were discovered, and why some popular ideas about what they do are…
BSP 111 Exercise and the Brain
Sep 2, 2014 • 64 min
This is an interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.” This is an edited version of an interview that was first posted back in 2008 (BSP 33), but the content remains extremely relevant.
BSP 110 Neurobiology for Dummies
Jul 26, 2014 • 63 min
This is an interview with Dr. Frank Amthor, author “Neuroscience for Dummies” and “Neurobiology for Dummies.” In this interview we discuss a wide variety of topics from neurobiology including what makes neurons special and how brains differ from current…
extra episode: Dr. John Ratey Returns
Jun 24, 2014 • 57 min
This is an episode of my other podcast, Books and Ideas. It is an interview with Dr. John Ratey about his latest book “Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” It isn’t about neuroscience per sebut I think it will interest…
BSP 109 Avoiding “Neuromania”
May 27, 2014 • 42 min
For the last 7+ years the Brain Science Podcast has been exploring how neuroscience is unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. Episode 109 was inspired by several recent books that explore the hazards of thinking that neuroscience is the…
BSP 108 Consciousness as Social Perception
Apr 15, 2014 • 59 min
In his new book “Consciousness and the Social Brain” neuroscientist Michael Graziano proposes that the same circuitry our brain uses to attribute awareness to others is used to create our own sense of awareness. This episode is an interview with Dr.…
BSP 107 Sleep Science with Dr. Penny Lewis
Mar 18, 2014 • 69 min
This is an interview with Penelope A. Lewis, author of “The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest.”
BSP 106 “Cognitive-Emotional Brain” with Luiz Pessoa
Feb 17, 2014 • 68 min
This is an interview with Luiz Pessoa, author of “The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration.” We explore the evidence that cognition and emotion are deeply intertwined at all levels of the brain with a focus on the evidence that the…
BSP 105 Brain Plasticity with Michael Merzenich
Jan 21, 2014 • 58 min
This is an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich, author of “Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life.”
BSP 104: 2013 Year End Review
Dec 25, 2013 • 57 min
This is our Seventh Annual Review Episode. We review the key ideas that we explored in 2013 and I explain the new Premium Subscription launching at the end of December.
BSP 103 Human Connectome update with Olaf Sporns
Nov 22, 2013 • 40 min
I first interviewed Olaf Sporns, author of “Discovering the Human Connectome,” back in BSP 74. This episode is a followup interview that focuses on recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of Connectomics. We talk about the field’s challenges and…
BSP 102 Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation with Dr. Allen Frances
Oct 23, 2013 • 68 min
This is an interview with Dr. Allen Frances, author of “Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life.” We talk about the factors that are driving the over…
BSP 94: Linguist Benjamin Bergen
Feb 25, 2013 • 61 min
This is an interview with Bejamin Bergen, author of “Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning.”
Extra: Why Animal Emotions Matter
Feb 15, 2013 • 62 min
This is a Books and Ideas episode with Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience. In a recent episode of the Brain Science Podcast we talked with Dr. Panksepp about his latest book “The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human…
BSP 92 Neuroscience Review with Transcript
Dec 28, 2012 • 40 min
This is a look back at the neurosciences ideas that we explored in 2012. It is a great review for longtime listeners and an introduction to key ideas for new listeners.
Extra: Terrence Deacon on Books and Ideas
Jul 16, 2012 • 66 min
“Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter”
BSP 83: William Uttal: Is brain imaging the new phrenology?
Mar 23, 2012 • 63 min
Author of “Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience”
BSP 80 Fifth Annual Review Episode with transcript
Dec 30, 2011 • 43 min
Highlights from Year 5 of the Brain Science Podcast
BSP Extra: Cognitive Dissonance with Dr. Carol Tavris
Oct 4, 2011 • 56 min
Co-author of “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)”
Extra: Vaccines Save Lives!
Jan 31, 2009 • 57 min
Paul Offit, MD on vaccine safety and autism
BSP-52: 2nd Annual Review Episode
Dec 19, 2008 • 50 min
Highlights from 2008 and a lot ahead to 2009
PROMO for Books and Ideas Podcast
Apr 26, 2008 • 1 min
Episode 19: MIT’s Dan Ariely on why people are Predictably Irrational
BSP-27: Year-end Review for 2007
Dec 28, 2007 • 26 min
A look back at the first year of the Brain Science Podcast