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Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone

87 EpisodesProduced by Ginger Campbell, MDWebsite

Brain Science was launched in 2006 by Dr. Ginger Campbell, an experienced emergency physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. We interview s… read more

87 Episodes | 2007 - 2020

BS 177 Bernaard Baars with David Edeleman

October 23rd, 2020


Bernard Baars is a pioneer in the neuroscience of consciousness. He first proposed Global Neuronal Workspace Theory back in 1980, which was before consciousness was considered an acceptable topic of scientific research. …

BS 176 Seth Grant on Synapse Complexity

September 25th, 2020


This is my fifth interview with molecular biologist and neuroscientist Dr. Seth Grant from The University of Edinburgh. Dr. Grant was recently …

BS 175 Carol Tavris explains Cognitive Dissonance

August 28th, 2020


This extremely timely episode of Brain Science features an interview with Dr. Carol Tavris, co-author of the newly released third edition of Mistakes …

BS 174 Georg Northoff, author of "The Spontaneous Brain"

July 24th, 2020


BS 174 is an interview with neuroscientist and philosopher Georg Northoff about his fascinating book "The Spontaneous Brain: From the Mind–Body to the World–Brain Problem." We explore the significance of the growing …

BS 173 Exploring the Unconscious Origins Of Certainty

June 26th, 2020


In this special episode of Brain Science host Dr Ginger Campbell reads an excerpt from her bestseller "Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origin of Certainty." While it might seem ironic to talk about certainty during these …

BS 172 "The Brain from the Inside Out" with György Buzsáki

May 22nd, 2020


In this episode I talk with neuroscientist György Buzsáki about his new book The Brain from Inside Out. We explore how abandoning what he calls the "Outside In" approach to understanding the brain can lead to surprising …

BS 171 Matthew Cobb, author of "The Idea of the Brain"

April 24th, 2020


This episode of Brain Science is an interview with neuroscientist Matthew Cobb author of "The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience."

Cobb approaches the history of neuroscience from a different …

BS168 Cecilia Heyes author of "Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking"

February 28th, 2020


BS 168 is an interview with psychologist Cecilia Heyes from Oxford University in the UK. We talk about her fascinating book "Cognitive Gadgets: The …

BS 166: Stephen Macknik talks about Vision Research

January 24th, 2020


Brain Science 166 features the return of neuroscientist Stephen Macknik. We talk about his recent work that is focused on developing a new visual prosthesis based on recent discoveries and techniques like optogenetics.

BS 165: Magic as a Tool for Understanding the Brain

January 10th, 2020


This episode is an encore presentation of an interview with neuroscientists Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. We talk about their international bestseller "Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic …

165 Free Episode Transcript

January 6th, 2020

I am including the transcript of this episode for free because it is an encore presentation of an interview that originally aired as BSP 72. It features Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, authors of Sleights of …

Brain Science 2020 (Trailer)

January 3rd, 2020


Brain Science is entering its 14th year and for the first time since 2008 I will be producing two episodes a month. They will come out  on the 2nd and 4th Friday every month.

This trailer provides a brief introduction …

BS 164 Thirteenth Annual Review Episode

December 20th, 2019


This is our 13th annual review episode. I share a few highlights from episodes 153-163 and include a few extra reflections on the recent 4-part series about the neuroscience of Consciousness.

This month's episode …

Extra: Susan Schneider, author of "Artificial You"

December 15th, 2019

This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with Susan Schneider, author of a fascinating new book called Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind. Schneider's book goes beyond the question of whether AI might …

BS 163 Christof Koch on the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness

November 22nd, 2019


Christof Koch returns to Brain Science for the 3rd time and in this episode he shares his new book The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can't Be Computed. He tells us why he doesn't think the …

BS 162 "Rethinking Consciousness" with Michael Graziano

October 25th, 2019


This episode is an interview with Dr. Michael Graziano, author of Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience. We discuss how his Attention Schema Theory compliments several current theories …

BS 161 Joseph Ledoux

September 27th, 2019


Respected neuroscientist Dr. Joseph Ledoux's new book is The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains. In this episode we discuss Dr. Ledoux's ideas about the relationship …

BS 160 Neuroscience of Consciousness

August 23rd, 2019


This month's episode is the beginning a four part series about the Neuroscience of Consciousness. This month I am discussing and comparing the ideas from several recent books on the subject in preparation for several …

BS 159 Kevin Mitchell, author of "Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are"

July 26th, 2019


BS 159 is an interview with Dr. Kevin Mitchell, author of Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are. We discuss the fact that our brain-based behavior is actually more innate than is commonly realized. Even …

BS 158 Philosopher Patricia Churchland discusses "Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition"

June 28th, 2019


This month marks the return of popular Brain Science guest Dr. Patricia Churchland (BS 55 and BS 81). We talk about her new book, Conscience: The …

BS 156 Russell Poldrack talks about Brain Imaging (fMRI)

April 26th, 2019


This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with Stanford psychologist, Dr Russell A. Poldrack, author of The New Mind Readers: What …

BS 155 Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience with Paul Middlebrooks

March 22nd, 2019


BS 155 is an interview with neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks, host of the Brain-Inspired podcast. We explore the main theme of his show, which is the …

BS 153 "Understanding the Brain" with John Dowling

January 25th, 2019


Episode 153 of Brain Science is an interview with Harvard neuroscientist John Dowling. We talk about his latest book Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition with a special focus on Vision.

If you …

BS 152 Twelfth Annual Review Episode

December 28th, 2018


BS 152 is our 12th annual review episode.   In 2018 nine new books were featured and the subjects covered included memory, peri-personal cells, creativity, language, reading, the cerebral mystique, synapses, happiness, …

BS 151 Neuroscience of Emotion

November 21st, 2018


BS 151 is a discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. We talk about key ideas from the book …

BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome

October 26th, 2018


BS 150 is my 4th interview with Dr. Seth Grant, the molecular biologist who has discovered surprising things about the evolution of the synapse, …

Announcements about Boston and Australia

October 13th, 2018


This brief announcement is to correct a mistake I made in BS 148.

For several months I have been talking about my trip to Australia in 2019. I have posted this brief audio to clarify that October 1 was the first day to …

BS 149 "Happy Brain" with Dr. Dean Burnett

September 28th, 2018


Brain Science 149 is an episode for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an interview with Dr. Dean Burnett, author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why. We look beyond the hype about dopamine and consider …

BS 148 Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder

August 24th, 2018


BS 148 is the interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Eve Marder, which I originally recorded back in 2009. I am reposting it now as a follow-up …

BS 147: Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience

July 27th, 2018


BS 147 is a discussion of the new biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience by Charlotte Nassim. This is an intellectual biography of one of neuroscientists least know pioneers. Dr. Marder …

BS 145 The Reading Brain with Maryanne Wolf

May 25th, 2018


BS 145 celebrates the return of Dr. Maryanne Wolf who was featured back in BSP 29 when we talked about her bestseller Proust and the Squid: The Story …

BS 144 Language in the Brain with Angela Friederici

April 27th, 2018


This is an interview with Dr. Angela Friederici, author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. Her book is an extensive review of decades of research, but this interview provides an …

BS 143 Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg

March 23rd, 2018


BS 143 is an interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation. We explore the roles of both the …

BS 141 Rodrigo Quian Quiroga on Memory and Perception

January 25th, 2018


BS 141 is an interview with Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron."  We explore how our brains construct both perception and memory, with an …

BS 140 Brain Science Review of 2017

December 22nd, 2017


BS 140 is our 11th Annual Review episode. We look back at the highlights from 2017. New listeners will get a good feel for the ideas and guests that …

BS 139 Jeff Hawkins from Numenta

November 27th, 2017


Jeff Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005, shortly after publishing his best seller "On Intelligence." Numenta's goal is to create a computer model of how the human cortex functions and more importantly advance our …

BS 138 John Medina: Brain Rules for Aging Well

October 23rd, 2017


In BS 138 Dr. John Medina returns to discuss his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. This is a …

BS 137 Seth Grant: "Genetic Lifespan Calendar"

September 25th, 2017


In BS 137 neuroscientist Seth Grant describes his surprising new discovery that brain complexity is controlled by a "genetic lifespan calendar" that …

BS 136 Why Reading Science Matters

August 28th, 2017


In Brain Science 136 we discuss "Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It" by Mark Seidenberg. We consider the disturbing gap between our scientific knowledge of …

BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made

July 31st, 2017


This episode features Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. We discuss the evidence AGAINST the classical theory that emotions are universal and hardwired, as well as her new theory of Constructed …

BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience

July 5th, 2017


Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience died in April 2017 at the age of 73. Because he was one of our most popular guests we are …

BS 133 Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel

April 26th, 2017


How many neurons does the typical human brain contain? The oft-quoted number of 100 billion turns out to have been a guess that was wrong! By a lot! …

BS 132 William Uttal on the limitations of brain imaging

March 31st, 2017


Dr. William Uttal first appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2012. He was a long time critic of over reliance of certain types of brain imaging, especially fMRI, in cognitive neuroscience. Sadly, he died in …

BS 131: What is Mind? part 2 of our 10th Anniversary Retrospective

January 30th, 2017


In this episode we focus on the most recent 5 years of Brain Science, looking back at our guests and topics with a focus on the question What is Mind? Since there is no consensus about this deeply human question, I am …

Brain Science 130 Ten Year Anniversary, Part 1 - The Early Years

December 21st, 2016


In this episode, Dr. Ginger Campbell celebrates The Brain Science Podcast/Brain Science's 10 year anniversary. This episode focuses on the first 5 years of the podcast. Find out how the show got started and listen as …

Brain Science: 10th Anniversary Preview

November 20th, 2016


In December, Brain Science (podcast) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. I want to include listener feedback so I posted this brief call to action.

Please send your mp3 or email to

Also, …

BSP 129 Dr. Brenda Milner: Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory

October 5th, 2016


In episode 129, Dr. Brenda Milner comes on the show to talk about her life's work and her most famous experiments. Dr. Milner was a pioneer in the …

BSP 128 Jon Mallatt: Primary Consciousness and Experience

September 1st, 2016


In episode 128, Jon Mallat is here to talk about the book he co-authored, "The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience". The focus on this conversation is on primary consciousness, the most …

Brain Science: Information for Listeners

August 23rd, 2016


Brain Science (formerly the Brain Science Podcast) has been on a 6 month hiatus. This short audio provides information for both new listeners and longtime fans. I talk briefly about the background and content of the …

BSP 127 Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti

March 1st, 2016


BSP 127 is a follow-up to BSP 122, which was an interview with Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health …

BSP 126 Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

January 28th, 2016


Episode 126 is an interview with Andy Clark, author of Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind. Our focus is on integrating a predictive model of the brain with the principles of embodied …

BSP 125 Ninth Annual Review Episode

December 23rd, 2015


BSP 125 is our ninth annual review episode. I briefly review a few key ideas from each episode and then look forward to 2016. Check out the show notes at for a list of all of this year's …

BSP 124 After Phrenology with Michael Anderson

November 24th, 2015


In BSP 124 philosopher turned neuroscientist Michael Anderson talks about his new book "After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive …

BSP 123 Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition with Anthony Chemero

October 28th, 2015


BSP 123 is an interview with Anthony Chemero, author of Radical Embodied Cognitive Science and Phenomenology: an Introduction. Our focus is gaining …

BSP 122 Neurobiology of Placebos

September 28th, 2015


This is a replay of the interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease and The Patient's Brain: The neuroscience behind the doctor-patient. We talk …

BSP Summer Announcements

August 30th, 2015


Due to circumstances beyond my control the next full episode of the Brain Science Podcast will be delayed until mid-late September. This announcement …

BSP 121 Interoception with Dr. AD (Bud) Craig

July 28th, 2015


BSP 121 is an interview with AD (Bud) Craig, author of  "How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self." Dr. Craig has …

BSP 120 Ed Taub Part 2

July 3rd, 2015


BSP 120 is the second half of my interview with Dr. Ed Taub, pioneer of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy), which is a revolutionary …

BSP 119 Dr. Ed Taub: Stroke Rehab and Brain Plasticity (neuroplasticity)

May 25th, 2015


BSP 119 is the first half of a new interview with Dr. Edward Taub who last appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in Episode 28. His Constraint …

BSP 118 Neuroanatomy for Everyone

April 28th, 2015


BSP 118 provides an accessible introduction to neuroantomy for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an edited version of BSP 32, which was a …

BSP 117: Michael Gazzaniga, father of cognitive neuroscience

March 22nd, 2015


BSP 117 is an interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga. We focus on his new autobiography "Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience."

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BSP 116 Norman Doidge, MD on "The Brain's Way of Healing"

February 22nd, 2015


BSP 116 is an interview with Dr. Norman Doidge about his new book "The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity." In his previous bestseller, "The Brain That …

BSP 115 Evan Thompson: Eastern Philosophy meets Western Neuroscience

January 29th, 2015


BSP 115 is an interview with Evan Thompson about his new book Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy.

Complete show notes and episode transcripts are available at

BSP 114 Eighth Annual Review Episode

December 22nd, 2014


The Brain Science Podcast celebrated its eighth anniversary on December 5, 2014, which makes this our 8th annual review episode. Topics discussed in 2014 included brain plasticity, the interaction of cognition and …

BSP 113 Dalai Lama at UAB

November 26th, 2014


BSP 113 features highlights and excerpts from the event "Neuroplasticity and Healing," which was held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham …

BSP 112 What do Mirror Neurons Do?

October 16th, 2014


Brain Science Podcast 112 is an interview with Dr. Gregory Hickok, author The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition. We review what mirror neurons are, how they were discovered, …

BSP 111 Exercise and the Brain

September 2nd, 2014


BSP 111 is an interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain." This is an edited version of …

extra episode: Dr. John Ratey Returns

June 24th, 2014


This is an episode of my other podcast, Books and Ideas. It is an interview with Dr. John Ratey about his latest book "Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization." It isn't about neuroscience …

BSP 104: 2013 Year End Review

December 26th, 2013


Episode 104 of the Brain Science Podcast is our Seventh Annual Review Episode. We review the key ideas that we explored in 2013 and I explain the new Premium Subscription launching at the end of December.

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BSP 94: Linguist Benjamin Bergen

February 25th, 2013


Episode 94 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Bejamin Bergen, author of "Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning."

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Extra: Why Animal Emotions Matter

February 15th, 2013


This episode is a followup interview with Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience. In a recent episode of the Brain Science Podcast we …

BSP 92 Neuroscience Review with Transcript

December 28th, 2012


Episode 92 is the Sixth Annual Review Episode of the Brain Science Podcast. If you have been listening all year you will find this is a great way to revisit and remember some highlights and key ideas. IF you are a new …

Extra: Terrence Deacon on Books and Ideas

July 16th, 2012


Episode 47 of Books and Ideas is being released simultaneously in the Brain Science Podcast feed. It is an interview with Terrence Deacon, PhD., …

BSP 83: William Uttal: Is brain imaging the new phrenology?

March 23rd, 2012


Episode 83 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with William Uttal, PhD, author of "Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive …

BSP 80 Fifth Annual Review Episode with transcript

December 30th, 2011


In BSP 80 we look back at Year 5 of the Brain Science Podcast. We also reflect on what we have learned about brain health. This episode contains …

BSP Extra: Cognitive Dissonance with Dr. Carol Tavris

October 4th, 2011


I am putting Episode 43 of Books and Ideas into the Brain Science Podcast feed because it should be of interest to BSP fans. This episode is an …

Extra: Vaccines Save Lives!

January 31st, 2009


I have included Episode 25 of Books and Ideas in the feed for the Brain Science Podcast because it is a discussion of the alleged connection between …

BSP-52: 2nd Annual Review Episode

December 19th, 2008


Episode 52 of the Brain Science Podcast is our Second Annual Review Episode. We review the highlights of 2008 and also talk briefly about our plans …

PROMO for Books and Ideas Podcast

April 26th, 2008


This is a brief promo to remind you to check out my other podcast Books and Ideas. Episode 19 is an interview with Dan Ariely best-selling author of  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. …

BSP-27: Year-end Review for 2007

December 28th, 2007


#27 Brain Science Podcast: This episode is a brief review of the first year of the Brain Science Podcast. I review some of the major topics that we have explored including memory, consciousnesses, decision-making, body …

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