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".
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
February 22nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 1 hr 2 mins
ai, dark web, darpa, machine learning, mars, nasa, neuroscience, space exploration
Chris Mattman, Principal Data Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with us about bridging the gap between lab and data scientists, his work unearthing the dark web with DARPA's Memex program, machine learning in autonomous planetary rovers, and other cool stuff he's been doing.
January 1st, 2020 | Season 1 | 1 hr 20 mins
ai, autonomous vehicles, bitcoin, farming, lasers, neuroscience, robots, smart highways
The Cognation crew discusses the future. Rolf and Joe share their bold predictions for the upcoming decade, which include such insights as "CRISPR Chips, Made with CRISPR to be Crisper (TM)," Disney Bitcoin, and the Robopocalypse.
December 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 57 mins 12 secs
conscious will, consciousness, free will, libet, neuroscience, philosophy, schurger
Guest Dr. Aaron Schurger talks to us about his research on the meaning of the "readiness potential", which has been referred to as "the brain signature of the will". Although this neural signal was already famous from research in the 1960s, it was Benjamin Libet's infamous experiments in the 1980s that proportedly showed that the readiness potential preceded an act of free will by a few hundred milliseconds. More recently (in press), Dr. Schurger and his colleagues have convincingly demonstrated that the readiness potential is not in fact predictive of an act of free will, but instead comes from a lack of a proper experimental control.
July 3rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 22 mins
brain, brown university, cognition, dopamine, genetics, michael frank, motivation, neuroscience
Dr. Michael Frank of Brown University talks to us about dopamine -- how it works in the brain, what his research has done to elucidate the function of dopamine circuits, and some of the genetics behind it. A really fascinating dive into a great topic.