CogNation

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

35 episodes of CogNation since the first episode, which aired on January 20th, 2019.

  • Episode 33: Flawless Predictions For 2021

    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.....

  • Episode 32: On Consciousness with Bernard Baars

    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.

  • Episode 31: Music and the Brain: Guests David Rosen and Scott Miles

    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.

  • Episode 30: When Microwaves Continue to Attack

    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?

  • Episode 29: Time Perception and Dopamine

    October 12th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 51 secs

    Rolf and Joe discuss research on a dopamine-enhancing drug that improves time perception.

  • Episode 28: Chris Baty: National Novel Writing Month, Creativity, and Life as a Narrative

    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.

  • Episode 27: The Connectome

    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.

  • Episode 26: COVID-19 and the Behavioral Immune System: Joshua Ackerman

    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.