September 20th, 2023 | Season 3 | 31 mins 1 sec
brain, communication, mind, neural interface, neurolink, paralyzed, speech
In this half hour episode, Joe and Rolf discuss new work in neural interfaces that is helping paralyzed individuals communicate.
August 16th, 2023 | Season 3 | 53 mins 31 secs
brain, bundle, ego, parfit, philosophy, psychology, split brain, teletransporter
Rolf and Joe discuss two philosophical theories of the self, Bundle Theory and Ego Theory, based on a paper by Derek Parfit. They return to the topic of the teletransporter, and although Joe is happy to go through the teletransporter, Rolf is convinced it means certain death.
July 18th, 2023 | Season 3 | 1 hr 35 mins
brain, cognition, conference, denver, mind, psychedelics, therapy
Joe reports from Denver from the Psychedelic Science conference
May 1st, 2023 | Season 3 | 55 mins 28 secs
brain, cognition, information theory, lsd, neuroscience, psilocybin, psychedelics
Manesh Girn talks to us about the effects of psychedelics on the brain, based on his recent paper, "A complex systems perspective on psychedelic brain action".
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.