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Two wildly different PhD students in neuroscience break down complicated topics regarding the human brain for a lay audience, highlighting the positive value that knowledge about the brain holds for the general public. The intricacies of the human brain, the woes of being a graduate student, and useful methods in maintaining our wellbeing in satisfying ways are just a few topics that hosts Jeff Mercurio and Paul LaFosse discuss on Brainy Days. If you’re looking for a casual way to learn more ab… Continue Reading >>
Two wildly different PhD students in neuroscience break down complicated topics regarding the human brain for a lay audience, highlighting the positive value that knowledge about the brain holds for the general public. The intricacies of the human brain, the woes of being a graduate student, and useful methods in maintaining our wellbeing in satisfying ways are just a few topics that hosts Jeff Mercurio and Paul LaFosse discuss on Brainy Days. If you’re looking for a casual way to learn more about your brain – and ultimately more about your own behavior – then this is the podcast for you. << Show Less
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Brainy Bits #05: The Parietal Lobe Jeff and Paul discuss the last of the lobes: The Parietal Lobe. This Brainy Bits episode starts with the basics, describing where the parietal lobe is in our brain and following up with the type of functionality it contributes to (hint: the sense of touch). The duo goes on to chat about what may happen behaviorally in people who have damage to their parietal lobe.
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Brainy Bits #05: The Parietal Lobe Jeff and Paul discuss the last of the lobes: The Parietal Lobe. This Brainy Bits episode starts with the basics, describing where the parietal lobe is in our brain and following up with the type of functionality it contributes to (hint: the sense of touch). The duo goes on to chat about what may happen behaviorally in people who have damage to their parietal lobe.
E17: Hallucinations Jeff and Paul are back to discuss different types of hallucinations, how some of them can be caused, which ones are common among healthy people, and in which mental illnesses we may see extreme examples of hallucinations. The two also try touching on the neuroscience of hallucinations by breaking down a complex experiment using animal behavior to uncover the molecular science behind hallucinatory perception.
Brainy Bits #04: The Temporal Lobe Jeff and Paul briefly go over some key concepts regarding the temporal lobe. Location is touched on early in the episode, and the importance of the temporal lobe and its functionality is highlighted throughout the remainder of this quick and consumable episode of Brainy Bits.
E17: Hallucinations Jeff and Paul are back to discuss different types of hallucinations, how some of them can be caused, which ones are common among healthy people, and in which mental illnesses we may see extreme examples of hallucinations. The two also try touching on the neuroscience of hallucinations by breaking down a complex experiment using animal behavior to uncover the molecular science behind hallucinatory perception.
E16: Depression & Anxiety It's a long one. Save your time reading a description by jumping right into the episode. The title is self-explanatory: an episode on the experience of depression and anxiety from a personal and also chemical perspective as told by cohosts Jeff and Paul.
E16: Depression & Anxiety (Extended Cut) It's a long one. Save your time reading a description by jumping right into the episode. The title is self-explanatory: an episode on the experience of depression and anxiety from a personal and also chemical perspective as told by cohosts Jeff and Paul.
Brainy Bits #03: The Occipital Lobe In the third installation of Brainy Bits, Jeff and Paul introduce the occipital lobe of the brain. Humans and many mammals are heavily reliant on vision as the primary sense used to navigate their environment. Afterwards, blindsight is briefly described in order to provide the listener an example of sight without conscious perception, which the occipital lobe is implicated to be involved with based on multiple case studies.
Brainy Bits #02: The Frontal Lobe Brainy Bits number 2: A brief discussion on the frontal lobe of the brain. After starting the chat by listing some general regions and particular functions of the frontal lobe, Jeff and Paul bring up the famous case study of Phineas Gage to emphasize the importance of learning about the brain through injury or case studies.
Brainy Bits: The Frontal Lobe Brainy Bits number 2: A brief discussion on the frontal lobe of the brain. After starting the chat by listing some general regions and particular functions of the frontal lobe, Jeff and Paul bring up the famous case study of Phineas Gage to emphasize the importance of learning about the brain through injury or case studies.
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