As my long time readers will know, I’m very interested in the mind, and my preferred way to explore it is through science, notably neuroscience or cognitive psychology, or with science oriented philosophy. With that in mind, I want to call your attention to a couple of podcasts I’ve been following for a while.
The first is Dr. Ginger Campbell’s excellent Brain Science podcast. The posting frequency isn’t very high, but most episodes are packed with interesting information. The most common format is Campbell interviewing an author. One of the recent episodes was an interview with Jon Mallatt, one of the authors of the book that has informed many of my recent posts on consciousness. Older episodes feature neuroscientists whose work I’ve highlighted before, such as Michael Graziano and Michael Gazzaniga.
Some of the people and books that Campbell discusses do get pretty technical, but most of it seems oriented toward a science literate lay person. Unfortunately, the older episodes are pay walled, but I’ve been impressed enough by the recent episodes to get a subscription to work my way through the archives. I feel comfortable recommending this podcast for anyone with an interest in the brain and mind.
The other podcast is Brain Matters. This is a much more hard core “inside baseball” show that often gets very technical, to the extent that I have trouble following many of the episodes. It’s done by a group of neuroscience graduate students who most often are interviewing working neuroscientists. As a result, the subjects can get somewhat arcane, with topics such as cortical columns, aphasia, mitochondria in neurons, or the tracing of particular neural circuits. I don’t try to listen to every episode of this one, instead focusing on the ones where the title or description catch my interest.
Both of these podcasts can be subscribed to in the standard services. (My subscriptions are through iTunes and the iOS Podcast app.) Or they can just be listened to on their web sites.
If you know of any similar sources, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.