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Blame

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But why do we need blame and how is new technology complicating accountability? 

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Radiolab

Forget about Blame?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nita Farahany, who's been following the growing field of Neurolaw for years now, helps uncover what seems to be a growing trend -- defendants using brain science to argue that they aren't entirely at fault. Neuroscientist David Eagleman thinks this is completely wrongheaded, and argues for ...

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Radiolab

What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

Friday, September 06, 2013

If we had enough time, enough brain power, the right computers, the occasional genius, is there any limit to what we can know about the universe? Or is nature designed to keep its own secrets, no matter how hard we try to crack the code? What can we never know?

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New Tech City

A Google Map of Our Brains: The Next Chapter in Neuroscience

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Scientists in New York City are at the center of President Obama's brain research initiative, a $100 million effort to better understand the inner workings of the human noggin.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Study Debunks Left-Brain, Right-Brain Theory

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new study has found no evidence to support that some people display "right-brained" or "left-brained" personality traits. Jeff Anderson, neuro-radiologist at the University of Utah and lead author of the study that just came out in PLOS ONE, explains the findings and what it changes about our understanding of how we think.

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Radiolab

Watch Me Do Something Impossible In Three Totally Easy Steps

Thursday, August 08, 2013

What happens when your brain plays a trick on you, and you can't not believe it? Our brains, it turns out, are not prisoners of the world we live in. We can, any time we like, create the impossible ... at least on paper.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Brains, Our Selves

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Patricia Churchland, professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and author of Touching a Nerve: The Self As Brain (W.W. Norton and Company, 2013), shares her theory that the 'self' is entirely derived from the brain - not from the soul or anything else.

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New Tech City

Brain Drain: New York City Losing Out in Brain Biz

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New York City is a leading center for neuroscience research, so you'd think it would stand to benefit from President Obama's new $100 million initiative to map the human brian.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mindless Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

As it turns out, brain scans might not necessarily be the best way to understand psychology.

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Radiolab

A Head Full of Symphonies

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A neurologist issues a wild musical dare to a conductor and a ragtime piano player. One gives up almost instantly. But the other pulls off something that shouldn't be possible.

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Radiolab

Inner Voices

Thursday, June 27, 2013

How the voices in our heads shape us, for better and for worse.

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Radiolab

The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Every so often you see something deeply, truly, can't-believe-they-can-do-this astonishing. This is one of those. A small invention, inserted into a brain, that can silence a neural nightmare with the push of a button. Andrew Johnson is going to push that button.

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On Being

Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain [remix]

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettle

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On Being

[Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettle

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Life of the Law

Full Interview with Justin Helzer

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Justin Helzer died Sunday night, April 14th. He committed suicide inside his cell on San Quentin's Death Row (the cell in this photo). If you look closely you can see him sitting on his bunk, leaning against the door.

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Meet Your Mind

Meet Your Mind: Extraordinary Minds

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Broadcast Times: Sunday, 7am on AM 820 and 9pm on 93.9FM

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius. We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers. Also, one of the most fascinating investigations of consciousness: Stanislav Grof's pioneering study of LSD.

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Radiolab

Monty Python's John Cleese Almost Explains Our Brains

Friday, April 05, 2013

Monty Python's John Cleese gives us a highly sophisticated, totally un-understandable, look at the human brain. The secret is, Cleese isn't speaking English. It sounds like English, but its nonsense. The closed caption English translation goes nuts, especially at the very end. It curses!

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Meet Your Mind

Meet Your Mind: The Creative Brain

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Broadcast Times: Sunday, 7am on AM 820 and 9pm on 93.9FM

Creativity is a little like obscenity:  You know it when you see it, but you can't exactly define it....unless you're a neuroscientist.  In labs around the country, a new generation of scientists tackles the mystery of human creativity - where it comes from and how it works.

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Meet Your Mind

Meet Your Mind: Wiring the Brain

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Broadcast Times: Sunday, 7am on AM 820 and 9pm on 93.9FM

Scientists are trying to develop a detailed map of the human brain.  For some scientists, the goal isn't just to map the brain; it's to crack the mystery of consciousness.

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WNYC News

Thinking About the Brain

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Neuroscientists are trying to get New York City kids excited about the brain. Columbia University faculty members and students hosted a Community Brain Expo on Wednesday in Washington Heights, where parents, high schoolers, and elementary school students tried experiments and watched demonstrations aimed at teaching a younger audience about neuroscience.

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