September 27, 2019
Respected neuroscientist Dr. Joseph Ledoux's new book is The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains. In this episode we discuss Dr. Ledoux's ideas about the relationship between emotion and consciousness. His conclusions are controversial, but thought provoking. Please visit for complete show notes with links and episode transcripts.
August 23, 2019
This month's episode is the beginning a four part series about the Neuroscience of Consciousness. This month I am discussing and comparing the ideas from several recent books on the subject in preparation for several upcoming interviews on the subject. Many people consider consciousness to be the biggest mystery of all, but in this episode we explore how progress has been made in unraveling the  ultimate "mystery of how our brain makes us human."
July 26, 2019
This is an interview with Dr. Kevin Mitchell, author of "Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are." The key idea of this book is that much of much of our behavior is innate but this is only partly due to genetics. Events during brain development are equally important.
June 28, 2019
This month marks the return of popular Brain Science guest Dr. Patricia Churchland (BS 55 and BS 81). We talk about her new book, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition. This book is a great combination of up to date neuroscience and critical thinking. It is recommended for listeners of all backgrounds. Please visit for detailed show notes and episode transcripts.
May 24, 2019
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 work uncovers some surprising discoveries about the role of the hippocampus in language, as well as important implications for the aging brain.
April 26, 2019
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 avoid the mistakes that plagued the field early on. Listeners will come away with an appreciation of both the promise and limitations of brain imaging, including an understanding of why it is NOT ready for use as a lie detector.
March 22, 2019
In this episode I talk with fellow podcaster and neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks about the intersection between neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
February 22, 2019
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 our behaviors have a huge impact. More importantly, it is never too early to begin preparing for successful aging.
January 25, 2019
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 neuroscience.
December 28, 2018
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 new guests and 4 returning guests along with an encore interview with Dr. Eve Marder. We review the highlights of this year's episodes.
November 21, 2018
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 Feldman Barrett and Luis Pessoa.
October 26, 2018
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 developed a method for mapping the synapses across the entire mouse brain. This synaptome reveals surprising diversity depending on which part of the brain is examined. We discuss the implications of this discovery and a new theory of how memory works.
October 13, 2018
Brief announcement with important details about upcoming trips to Boston and Australia
September 28, 2018
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.
August 24, 2018
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 Work in Neuroscience. " A highlight of this interview is Dr. Marder's insights into what it was like to be part of the first large cohort of women entering science back in the sixties and seventies.
July 27, 2018
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 2009 (now free). In this episode I take you through some of Dr. Marder's key discoveries. Her work is unique because even as a graduate student she was challenging long held assumptions in her field.
June 21, 2018
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
May 25, 2018
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 backgrounds. For complete show notes and episode transcripts, please visit This episode of Brain Science is sponsored by Audible. Please show your support this podcast by visiting
April 27, 2018
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 backgrounds. Don't miss our new monthly Facebook live sessions where listeners can submit questions about past episodes. Learn more at our Facebook Fan Page. Full episode show notes and episode transcripts are available at
March 23, 2018
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 actually be decreasing the incidence of dementia by forcing older people to learn new skills rather than getting stuck in the rut of years of "auto-pilot."
February 23, 2018
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 our daily lives.
January 25, 2018
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 also explore why this is important and how it makes humans very different from artificial intelligence.
December 22, 2017
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.
November 27, 2017
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 work. No previous knowledge of neuroscience is needed to enjoy this interview.
October 23, 2017
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.
September 25, 2017
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.
August 28, 2017
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.
July 31, 2017
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 theory of constructed emotions along with its implications for our understanding of human behavior.
July 5, 2017
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.
April 26, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
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 replaying that original interview. The points he made are just as relevant now as they were 5 years ago.
January 30, 2017
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 grown and evolved over 10 years of reading, talking to scientists and philosophers and creating this podcast.
December 21, 2016
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 memorable episodes. We also have some listener feedback, so join us for the celebration!
November 20, 2016
In December, Brain Science (podcast) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. I want to include listener feedback so I posted this brief call to action. Please send your mp3 or email to Also, if you enjoy our sponsor, please check out Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M. by Suzanne Corkin.
October 5, 2016
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 patients and the patient known as HM.
September 1, 2016
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.
August 23, 2016
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 out of our website at Finally I review all the options for supporting the show.
March 1, 2016
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 placebo effects involving pain and high altitude headaches. We also discuss some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of placebos.
January 28, 2016
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 listeners of all backgrounds.
December 23, 2015
BSP 125 is our ninth annual review episode. I briefly review a few key ideas from each episode and then look forward to 2016. Check out the show notes at for a list of all of this year's guests and a list of what books were featured. The transcript for this episode is FREE.
November 24, 2015
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 participates in multiple coalitions and functions. This means asking WHERE a certain function is located or WHAT a particular region does are obsolete questions.
October 28, 2015
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 contributions to cognitive science.
September 28, 2015
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, including the fact that they produce objective changes in the brain and body.
August 30, 2015
After some brief announcements, Brain Science Podcast host Ginger Campbell, MD remembers her husband Dennis G Smith who died unexpectedly on July 25, 2015.
July 28, 2015
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 awareness. We talk about the implications of these discoveries for understanding both consciousness and mental illness.
July 3, 2015
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.
May 25, 2015
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 wide variety of brain injuries.
April 28, 2015
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.
March 22, 2015
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."
February 22, 2015
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 scientific pioneers who proved that our brains remain plastic throughout our lives. In his new book he features clinicians who are exploring new treatment approaches that tap into that plasticity.
January 29, 2015
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
December 22, 2014
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, "neuromania," exercise and the brain, and mirror neurons. This episode provides a review for regular listeners and gives new listeners an idea of what's available in episodes 105-113 (Season 8).
November 26, 2014
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 Doidge, Michael Merzenich, and Edward Taub.
October 16, 2014
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 probably wrong.
September 2, 2014
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.
July 26, 2014
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 computers. This episode is appropriate for listeners of all backgrounds.
June 24, 2014
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 many of you, especially if you are interested in how your lifestyle choices effect your brain and overall health. This transcript for this episode is FREE.
May 27, 2014
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 ONLY path to understanding.
April 15, 2014
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. Graziano about this novel approach to the mystery of consciousness.
March 18, 2014
This is an interview with Penelope A. Lewis, author of "The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest."
February 18, 2014
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 amygdala and thalamus do more than has been traditionally assumed. Although this episode is somewhat technical, the key ideas are accessible to listeners of all backgrounds.
January 21, 2014
This is an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich, author of "Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life."
December 26, 2013
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.
February 25, 2013
This is an interview with Bejamin Bergen, author of "Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning."
February 15, 2013
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 Emotions." In this episode of Books and Ideas we talk about the implications of his research with a focus on how learning that we share basic emotional circuits with other mammals should influence how we treat the animals in our lives.
December 28, 2012
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.
July 16, 2012
Episode 47 of Books and Ideas is being released simultaneously in the Brain Science Podcast feed. It is an interview with Terrence Deacon, PhD., author of "Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter." We talk about the ongoing quest to explain the emergence of life, mind, and purpose using the known laws of physics (with out the need for any supernatural extras). Click here for complete show notes or visit Click here for free episode transcript. You can send Dr. Campbell feedback at gincampbell at mac dot com or post feed on the Books and Ideas Fan Page on Facebook.
March 23, 2012
Episode 83 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with William Uttal, PhD, author of "Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience." We look critically at the current role of brain imaging and why it falls short as a tool for unraveling the mystery of how mind emerges from the brain. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to Send feedback to Dr. Campbell at She is also @docartemis on Twitter.
December 30, 2011
In BSP 80 we look back at Year 5 of the Brain Science Podcast. We also reflect on what we have learned about brain health. This episode contains useful information for both new listeners and long-time fans. For detailed show notes and episode transcripts go to Send feedback to Dr. Campbell at She is also @docartemis on Twitter.
October 4, 2011
I am putting Episode 43 of Books and Ideas into the Brain Science Podcast feed because it should be of interest to BSP fans. This episode is an interview with Carol Tavris, PhD, co-author of . We talk about the relationship between psychology and neuroscience as well as cognitive dissonance, which is the subject of Dr. Tavris's recent book Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts. For detailed show notes including references go to Click here for free episode transcript. Send feedback to
January 31, 2009
I have included Episode 25 of Books and Ideas in the feed for the Brain Science Podcast because it is a discussion of the alleged connection between vaccines and autism. In this episode I interview Dr. Paul Offit, author of "Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure." Despite overwhelming scientific evidence against a relationship between vaccines and autism, vaccine opponents continue to frighten and confuse parents. Meanwhile we are beginning to see the re-emergence of preventable and potentially life-threatening diseases among the increasing numbers of unvaccinated children.Dr. Offit's book provides a thorough discussion of the science and politics of the controversy. I hope this interview with motivate you to read "Autism's False Prophets" and to share it with others. Download Episode For detailed show notes go to email to Episode
December 19, 2008
Episode 52 of the Brain Science Podcast is our Second Annual Review Episode. We review the highlights of 2008 and also talk briefly about our plans for 2009. The episode is aimed at all listeners, but should be especially helpful for newer listeners because there is an extensive discussion of the other on-line resources available to listeners including our website and Discussion Forum.Go to for detailed show notes and links.Send email to docartemis at or post feedback in the Discussion Forum at Brain Science Podcast is supported by listener donations via PayPal. Donations can also be mailed to:Virginia Campbell,MDBrain Science Podcast9340 Helena, RD, Suite F #320Birmingham, AL, 35244
April 26, 2008
This is a brief promo to remind you to check out my other podcast Books and Ideas. Episode 19 is an interview with Dan Ariely best-selling author of  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. You can find all the episodes in iTunes or by going to
December 28, 2007
#27 Brain Science Podcast: This episode is a brief review of the first year of the Brain Science Podcast. I review some of the major topics that we have explored including memory, consciousnesses, decision-making, body maps, and plasticity. Then we look ahead to next year.What was your favorite episode? What was the most important or interesting thing that you learned this year from listening to the Brain Science Podcast? Share your thoughts at the Discussion Forum at detailed show notes including a list of all the episodes aired in the past year go to email to gincampbell at mac dot com.Episode length is approximately 24 minutes. There is a promo on the end for Mur Lafferty's new novel, Playing for Keeps. I want to thank Mur for inspiring me to start podcasting.
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