CogNation is a podcast by Rolf Nelson and Joe Hardy, two cognitive psychologists interested in the future of brain science and technology. We explore relevant topics in the areas of cognitive science, technology, AI, and philosophy. Although we dabble with dystopian implications of new technologies (such as the impending robopocalypse), we are led by our curiosity and try to keep it light and fun.
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January 14th, 2022 | Season 2 | 41 mins 43 secs
2022, cognition, future, neuroscience, predictions, technology
Joe and Rolf once again scry the future with bold and entirely accurate predictions about the year 2022
August 29th, 2021 | Season 2 | 54 mins 13 secs
@berkeleyblink, arduino, audition, blind, blind arduino project, blind scientist, inventor, josh miele, joshua miele, scientist
Joshua Miele is a blind scientist and inventor living in the Bay Area. Amongst his many initiatives is the Blind Arduino Project, where participants learn how to navigate a world of maker electronics designed for the sighted.
June 21st, 2021 | Season 2 | 54 mins 20 secs
annie murphy paul, brain, cognition, embodied cognition, extended cognition, extended mind, thinking
In Annie Murphy Paul's new book, "The Extended Mind", the philosophical idea of our minds extending beyond the physical boundaries of the body are explored. Rolf and Joe talk to Annie about the implications of this idea, and how it might be used to improve the way we think in a number of contexts.
April 25th, 2021 | Season 2 | 52 mins 56 secs
cognition, neuropsychology, psychology
CogNation talks with Dr. Julie Hook about her work developing a comprehensive test of cognition and other key abilities as part of the NIH Toolbox project.
March 22nd, 2021 | Season 2 | 51 mins 30 secs
beginners, book, brain, cognition, learning, neuroscience, psychology, skill, tom vanderbilt, vanderbilt
We talk with author Tom Vanderbilt about his new book, Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning.
January 22nd, 2021 | Season 2 | 47 mins 58 secs
2021, brain, cognition, cognitive science, future, jet pack, predictions
Enough with 2020. Rolf and Joe present their predictions for what lies ahead in 2021.....
January 2nd, 2021 | Season 2 | 1 hr 14 mins
baars, bernard baars, brain, cognition, cognitive science, consciousness, global workspace theory, philosophy
Joe and Rolf talk to Dr. Bernard Baars, a leader in the field of consciousness research. Dr. Baars has recently published "On Consciousness", which is a compendium on his work integrating research in psychology and neuroscience on what consciousness is and how it functions.
December 7th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 55 secs
brain, cognition, david rosen, eeg, music, scott miles, secret chord laboratories, surprise
David Rosen and Scott Miles of Secret Chord Laboratories (secretchordlaboratories.com) talk to Joe and Rolf about musical preference, the role of surprise in these preferences, what's going on in the brain, and how COVID is affecting the way we listen to music.
November 23rd, 2020 | Season 2 | 28 mins 41 secs
brain, china, cognition, cuba, embassy, frey effect, microwave, pulsed microwave radiation
An update on Episode 4, where we first discussed the phenomenon of the "Frey Effect" in which sounds are heard as a result of pulsed microwave radiation. Does this give a clue about further incidents in the US embassy in China?
October 12th, 2020 | Season 2 | 29 mins 51 secs
Rolf and Joe discuss research on a dopamine-enhancing drug that improves time perception.
August 10th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 3 mins
baty, brain, chris baty, cognition, creative, creativity, nanowrimo, national novel writing month, novel
Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) talks with us about why creativity feels good, the way it can spread to other aspects of our life, and in what ways life is (or is not) like a narrative.
May 12th, 2020 | Season 2 | 31 mins 23 secs
brain, c elegans, cognition, connectome, fruit fly, neuron, neuroscience
30 min episode
A connectome is a representation of every connection between neurons in the brain. Recent brain-slicing technology, in addition to image recognition tools, has begun to make this science-fiction idea become a reality. Rolf and Joe discuss the recent publication of the largest completed connectome to date, that of the fruit fly drosophilia. The database for the connectome is publicly available, and includes huge amounts of data about every one of the approximately 25,000 neurons mapped to date.
March 24th, 2020 | Season 2 | 55 mins 35 secs
behavior, behavioral immune system, brain, cognition, corona virus, covid-19, evolutionary psychology, joshua ackerman, michigan, pandemic, psychology, social psychology
How do people behave in a pandemic? Joshua Ackerman of the University of Michigan talks about how we alter our behavior in the face of pathogens from the perspective of social and evolutionary psychology. A repertoire of responses (such as avoidance) referred to as the "behavioral immune system" is discussed as a way for humans to avoid pathogens BEFORE our biochemical immune system encounters them.