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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Bioethicist: Limits on Neuroenhancement

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Continuing a weekly series where we tackle thorny bioethical issues, Nita Farahany, Professor of Law and Philosophy and Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University, discusses the limits of neuroenhancement.

This complete interview originally aired live on March 21, 2013 as part of a month-long series. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special hour of Ask a Bioethicist in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Marina Abramovic Shares Brainwaves with Brian

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Performance artist Marina Abramović talks to Brian Lehrer about her new performance art project, "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze." Suzanne Dikker, neuroscience researcher at NYU, records Marina and Brian's brain waves during the interview, and explains what we can learn from the recording.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Marina Abramović; Kimani Gray Fallout; Valle Verdict

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Performance artist Marina Abramović discusses her new project blending art and neuroscience called "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze." During the interview, both her and Brian's brain waves will be recorded and explored in real-time. Plus: Council Member Jumaane Williams on the vigil in response to the shooting of Kimani Gray; what the Gilberto Valle trial tells us about "thought crime;" and bioethicist Nita Farahany continues a series on medical ethics.

WNYC News

Neuroscientists React to Obama's Push for Brain Research

Friday, February 22, 2013

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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

Mapping the Brain

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rafael Yuste, researcher at Columbia University and a leader of the project which the White House has chosen to sponsor, explains the President's proposal to map brain activity and how his work fits into the White House's vision, and takes your calls on what you think.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Facing Fear

Friday, February 08, 2013

Jaimal Yogis, journalist and author of The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love, explores the science of fear through his own attempt to deal with his own.

→Event: Jaimal Yogis will be "in conversation" with psychiatrist Dr. Srini Pillay at The Rubin Museum on Feb.9. Ticket information here.

Share your overcoming-fear moment: What have you done, despite the fact it terrified you? Was it worth it?  Call us at 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Hearing and Sound

Friday, February 08, 2013

For this week’s Please Explain, the Leonard Lopate Show finds out how we process all the sounds we hear every day—from the hum of the heater to the wail of sirens to music to speech—and how it shapes our brains and behavior.

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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

Never Quite Now

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

We kick things off with one of the longest-running experiments in the world. As Joshua Foer explains, the Pitch Drop Experiment is so slow, you can watch it for hours (check out the live cam) and not detect the slightest movement. But that doesn't mean ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

February’s Book: The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Our habits—good and bad—shape our lives, and understanding how habits work is key to losing weight, being more productive, exercising regularly, and achieving success.

More Leonard Lopate Show book club

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Soundcheck

Hitting A Musical Red Light

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Has this ever happened to you? Things are going great in a relationship. And then, you find out that your significant other loves music that you hate. Or doesn't understand your taste in music at all. Or is really critical of the music that you enjoy. And suddenly, dating that person just doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore.

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Soundcheck

Musical "Red Lights"; Mystical Weapons

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In this episode: How music can destroy your relationship. Or, at least, make you think twice about continuing to date that Jewel fan. Contributor Faith Salie tells us about the time she hit a musical "red light" and unwisely sped right through. And, we ask neuroscientist Daniel Levitin about why music can sometimes be a tell-tale warning sign of an impending love disaster.

A new biography attempts to unearth new details about the life of Michael Jackson. We’ll get a review from writer Bill Wyman.

Multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon and drummer Greg Saunier of the band Deerhoof bring their new project Mystical Weapons to our studio for a completely improvised performance.

Studio 360

True Story: Keeping Memories Safe

Friday, January 18, 2013

On Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, the entire country stands at attention to observe a moment of silence. Everyone, that is, except for Daniela Schiller’s father, who sips coffee and reads the paper. Schiller’s attempts to talk with her father about his experiences in the ...

Video: Daniela Schiller on Memory

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Studio 360

Memory is Fiction

Friday, January 18, 2013

For a recent live event at The Greene Space in New York, Studio 360 teamed up with The Story Collider to present a night of true stories about memory and the brain. Or “true-ish,” as Kurt Andersen says — as we all know (and science confirms), the act of remembering is not only subjective ...

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Studio 360

True Story: Remembering My Mother Forgetting

Friday, January 18, 2013

Meehan Crist is the Writer in Residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University, and she’s working on a book about traumatic brain injury. Her obsession with the topic started close to home, when her mother suffered a concussion and began forgetting things — all kinds of things: where ...

Video: Meehan Crist on Memory

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Learn to Think Like Sherlock

Monday, January 07, 2013

Maria Konnikova, journalist, psychologist and author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, uses the fictional account of the super-detective's reasoning skills to explore the real-world science of improving cognitive function.

→Event:  Maria Konnikova will be reading from Mastermind on Monday, January 7, starting at 7:00pm at Book Court,

→Event: On Wednesday, January 16 at noon, Maria will be at 92Y Tribeca, where she will be reading, talking, conducting an audience Q&A and signing copies of her new book, tickets can be purchased here.   

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