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Why People Get Happier in Old Age

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Life gets better for people in their 60s and 70, according to lots of recent studies. Why? Geriatric psychiatrist Dilip Jeste says people often become wiser with age.

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On Being

Helen Fisher — Love and Sex and Attachment

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives. She is a leading anthropologist/explorer on the new frontier of seeing inside our brains when love and sex happen.

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On Being

[Unedited] Helen Fisher with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives. She is a leading anthropologist/explorer on the new frontier of seeing inside our brains when love and sex happen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Parents' Manual to the Teenage Brain

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development in learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What the Future Has in Store for Your Brain

Friday, January 23, 2015

For this week's Please Explain, guest host Manoush Zomorodi heads to the frontiers of neuroscience.

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Specials

On Being: The Science Of Healing Places

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In this special, immunologist Esther Sternberg talks about new scientific research proving that good design can aid in our healing processes.

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Radiolab

Your Future Memories Are At Stake

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In the Digital Age, we're snapping more photos than ever before -- but are they actually causing us to forget?
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The Takeaway

Childhood Trauma as a Medical Problem

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Neuroscience research shows that early trauma can have a severe impact on children. One pediatrician explains how her practice aims to reverse that damage. 

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The Takeaway

Scrabble Players Vs. Crossword Junkies: Science Explains Who's Smarter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A team of researchers tested the cognition skills of nationally ranked Scrabble players against crossword players. The results were a bit puzzling.

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The Takeaway

Why Daydreaming & Distractions Can Help Us Learn

Friday, September 05, 2014

New neuroscience research has upended common assumptions about the best study strategies. A new book examines the science and best practices for learning.

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The Takeaway

Say Goodbye to Bad Memories

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What if you could take any one unpleasant memory and rewrite it to have sunnier associations? Researchers say they’ve managed to transform bad memories into good ones in mice.

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The Takeaway

Take a Real Vacation

Friday, August 15, 2014

Science says your brain needs it.

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On Being

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention [remix]

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spi

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On Being

[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spi

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The Takeaway

Is Morgan Freeman Lying To You About Your Brain?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The new movie “Lucy” is based on the oft-cited statistic that we only use 10 percent of our brains. But is 90 percent of your brain really just untapped potential?

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The Takeaway

Turns Out Humans Only Feel Four Basic Emotions

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now. A new study finds that, in fact, we don't even have six emotions—but only four "basic" emotions: Happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. Dr. Rachael Jack of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, is one of the scientists behind this new finding. She joins The Takeaway to explain how we categorize emotions.

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The Takeaway

Why Some Childhood Memories Fade

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scientists have found that by age seven, childhood amnesia begins to take effect, in which early memories are forgotten at a faster rate, and sometimes lost entirely.

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Radiolab

What Chickadees Have That I Want. Badly

Monday, December 23, 2013

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys. Every day.

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Radiolab

UPDATE: Famous Tumors

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When we first released Famous Tumors, Rebecca Skloot's book about the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks (and her famous cells) had just hit the shelves. Since then, some interesting things have happened to both Henrietta's cells and her family. So, 4 years later, we have a newly updated show!

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Radiolab

Fault Line

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kevin* is a likable guy who lives with his wife in New Jersey. And he's on probation after serving time in a federal prison for committing a disturbing crime. Producer Pat Walters helps untangle a difficult story about accountability, and a troubling set of questions about identity and self-control. Kevin's ...

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