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Meet Your Mind: Mind and Brain

Sunday, March 03, 2013

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

 Neuroscientists have made remarkable discoveries about the brain, but we're not close to cracking the mystery of consciousness.  How does a tangle of neurons inside your skull produce...you?

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WNYC News

Neuroscientists React to Obama's Push for Brain Research

Friday, February 22, 2013

WNYC

The human brain is getting a lot of attention this week, as details emerge about the brain mapping effort President Barack Obama alluded to during his State of the Union address.

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WNYC News

Birds, Music and the Brain

Friday, February 22, 2013

Next month, President Obama is expected to announce details about dedicating resources to a massive study of the brain. That’s music to the ears of neuroscientists at Columbia University, where some of the research will be centered.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Would You Teach?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

If you could teach a class on anything, what would be the topic? What's your micro-specialty - the thing you know so well that you could share with others? It could be anything - a skill, a concept, the history of whatever - as long as you could teach it to someone who would want to learn it. Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

Jonathan Soma, co-founder of the Brooklyn Brainery, talks about what makes a good topic for a class and the Brainery's mission. 

 

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The Takeaway

Understanding the Brains of Mass Killers

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What compels a person to open fire upon innocent people? In a new documentary produced by NOVA, journalist Miles O'Brien investigates how far nueroscientists have come in determining what makes the brain of a violent adolescent different than that of a normal brain.  

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The Takeaway

Mapping the Brain to Better Understand Ourselves

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

President Obama has proposed a brain mapping project to help us understand a bit better what's going on inside our noggins. Dr. Rafael Yuste is a neuroscientist at Columbia University and one of the coordinators of the Obama administration's new Brain Mapping Project. But how can it be done? And are there any real-world benefits to doing it? Gary Marcus is someone who understands the challenges and possibilities that spring from these kinds of projects. He's a cognitive psychologist at NYU and blogger for the New Yorker. 

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Radiolab

Speed

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The inhumanly fast world of high-speed trading, an excruciatingly slow experiment, and a physicist plays Zeus.

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Radiolab

The Great Rat Mother Switcheroo

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One of the most-asked questions after Radiolab's Inheritance show had to do with the benefits of rat-licking -- or, as Molly Webster explains, how researchers knew it was a mom's behavior, not genes, that was impacting the very DNA of her rat pups.

 

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Radiolab

Ears don't lie

Friday, December 28, 2012

Radiolab's latest smart-crush: Molly Webster runs into a neuroscientist who elaborates on our unappreciated sense of hearing and she has to tell somebody about it...

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The Takeaway

Your Brain on Sound

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We're told from an early age that we have ears to hear with, but if you investigate a little closer, it turns out that behind our ears are our brains.  Seth Horowitz is an auditory neuroscientist at Brown University and the author of "The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind."

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The Takeaway

The Future of the Brain

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ray Kurzweil, technologist and futurist who is on a mission to make us all immortal. According to Kurzweil, technology is progressing at a faster and faster rate so that in 10 or 15 years cancer may not exist and aging may be reversible.  His newest book is called “How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.”

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The Takeaway

The Reading Brain

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our brains evolved in survivalist terms, prioritizing basic sensory functions, like sight and scent. Today, our brains must adapt to learn much more complex processes, like learning to read, as Maryanne Wolfe, the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, explains. 

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The Takeaway

Understanding 'How the Mind Makes Meaning'

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What happens in our brains when we hear language, or speak it? In addition to our brains, what other parts of our bodies are at work, trying to relay and understand meaning? And how does all of this inform the way we interact with phones, computers, and non-human language systems? These are all questions that cognitive science professor Benjamin Bergen contemplates in his work at the University of California – San Diego, and in his new book, "Louder than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning."

 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 26, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Understanding How the Mind Makes Meaning | The Reading Brain | Your Brain on Sound | The Real Science of Erasing Your Brain | The Future of the Brain

Radiolab

Mapping the Bilingual Brain

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chris Berube -- intrepid Radiolab intern, and monolinguist -- sets aside his ego to delve into a listener's question about intelligence and speaking more than one language.

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Soundcheck

Music Lessons Impact The Brain Into Adulthood

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A recent study shows that even limited childhood musical training can improve brain functions in adulthood. 

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Radiolab

Why we fall into a good book

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Writer Jonathan Gottschall explores why the real world falls away when we hear a good story... 

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Radiolab

I Would Love on You

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lulu Miller shares a short documentary called “The Love Competition” by filmmaker Brent Hoff, in which contestants face off against one another in fMRI machines...to try to measure who can love the hardest. Take a look.

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Radiolab

Find a Face

Monday, September 24, 2012

We're so wired to recognize faces, we sometimes see them where they're not -- in clouds, in coffee swirls, in splotches of ink. This week, Lulu Miller leads a scavenger hunt for found faces. Take a look, and send us your photos (through our blog, or using our mobile app).

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