Discussions on the future of brain science and technology.
About the show
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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Episode 44: Daniel Sternberg: The State of Artificial Intelligence
February 15th, 2023 | Season 3 | 1 hr 22 mins
ai, artificial intelligence, brains, chatgpt, cognition, consciousness, dall-e-2, machine learning, neural networks
We talk to Dr. Daniel Sternberg, head of data at Notion Labs, about how to understand new developments in artificial intelligence like DALL-E-2 and chatgpt.
Episode 43: Stephanie Preston: Our Attachment to Stuff
December 19th, 2022 | Season 3 | 1 hr 3 secs
behavior, brain, cognition, consumerism, emotion, evolution, hoarding
Stephanie Preston returns to the show to talk about her latest research. Why do we hoard stuff? And how can we get people to care about the consequences of all that stuff on the environment?
Episode 42: The Science of Sleep with Dr. Aric Prather
November 28th, 2022 | Season 3 | 1 hr 13 mins
aric prather, brain, cbt-i, cognition, cognitive behavioral therapy, neuroscience, sleep, sleep prescription, stress
Joe and Rolf talk to Dr. Aric Prather, a clinical psychiatrist at UCSF and author of the new book "The Sleep Prescription: Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest" about why sleep is important, the relationship of stress to sleep, and how to tune your body and environment to get a great night's sleep.
Episode 41: The Marshmallow Test
September 21st, 2022 | Season 3 | 49 mins 29 secs
brain, cognition, cognitive tests, marshmallow test, mischel, self-control
Is self-control at age 4 a predictor of lifelong success? Rolf & Joe look at new studies that replicate and extend Mischel's marshmallow experiments, discussing why some kids can wait longer for a bigger treat and what the test itself means.
Episode 40: Embodied Cognition
July 23rd, 2022 | Season 3 | 56 mins 51 secs
brain, cognition, embodied cognition, learning, neuroscience, pedagogy, philosophy, teaching
We talk with Dr. Sheila Macrine and Dr. Jennifer Fugate about their new edited volume "Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning", just published with MIT Press.
Episode 39: Matthew Gingo: Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them
February 13th, 2022 | Season 3 | 50 mins 5 secs
adolescents, children, cognition, deception, lying, parents, psychology, theory of mind
Developmental psychologist Matthew Gingo joins to discuss his research on morality and deception. Why and under what circumstances do parents and their children lie to one another?
Episode 38: Flawless Predictions for 2022
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
Episode 37: Dr. Joshua Miele: The Blind Arduino Project
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.
Episode 36: The Extended Mind with Annie Murphy Paul
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.
Episode 35: NIH Toolbox with Dr. Julie Hook
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.
Episode 34: Tom Vanderbilt: Beginners
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.
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.