Rank #1: Nicotine Addiction with Dr. John Dani
On this episode of Brain Matters, Anthony talks about addiction with Dr. John Dani, chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. They talk about learning, memory, and the behaviors associated with nicotine addiction.
Nov 18 2013
Rank #2: Memory, the Cerebellum, and Axons with Dr. David Linden
Anthony and Dr. David Linden (Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) talked this week about David’s neuroscience research and how he gets inspiration in and out of lab. Anthony also asked David about his journey to becoming a successful scientist and best-selling author.
Apr 10 2015
Rank #3: The Negative Impacts of Stress with Dr. David Morilak
Is stress good or bad? Do the negative impacts of a stressful life outweigh the benefits of the adaptive physiological response? Matt and Dr. David Morilak (Professor of Pharmacology, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio) talk about what defines a stress response and why we have them to begin with. We also find out if stress researchers have the secret to beating anxiety.
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Oct 08 2014
Rank #4: Patterns in the Hippocampus with Dr. Brian Derrick
On this episode of BRAIN MATTERS, Matt and Dr. Brian Derrick talk about the hippocampus. Dr. Derrick has a fascinating story about how he became interested in the hippocampus and what he and his colleagues are currently working to understand.
Aug 05 2014
Rank #5: Neurons, Mitochondria, and Human Evolution with Dr. Franck Polleux
On this episode of Brain Matters, Matt and Dr. Franck Polleux (Professor, Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University and the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute) cover a lot of ground. Franck talks about his work as a graduate student and the topics his lab is working on now. The Polleux lab is studying topics like neural progeneration, mitochondria in dendrites of neurons, and what makes the human brain special. This is an episode you won't want to miss.
Oct 13 2016
Rank #6: Molecular Mechanisms of Depression with Dr. Lisa Monteggia
On this episode of Brian Matters, Anthony and Dr. Lisa Monteggia (Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center) talked about depression and the molecular mechanisms underlying the efficacy of antidepressants. They also talked about Lisa's work on MeCP2, the gene linked to the autism spectrum disorder. Towards the end, Lisa opens up about how important mentorship is in the career of a young scientist.
Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain premiers April 13, 2016 at 10/9c. It features neuroscience experts Thomas Insel, Paul Keck, Karl Deisseroth, and Helen Mayberg.
Apr 01 2016
Rank #7: Addiction and Glutamate Transmission with Dr. Marina Wolf
For our 25th episode, Matt and Dr. Marina Wolf (Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) talk about Marina's work in addiction and how this is related to mechanisms in learning and memory.
Mar 09 2015
Rank #8: Stroke and Aphasia with Dr. Argye Hillis
Anthony and Dr. Argye Hillis (Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University) talked about a medical perspective on neuroscience research. Argye's research focuses on understanding how language and emotional functions recover after stroke.
Feb 04 2016
Rank #9: Making the Most of Memory with Dr. Wendy Suzuki
Nov 21 2014
Rank #10: Sleep Circuits with Dr. Yang Dan
On This episode of Brain Matters, Anthony talked with Dr. Yang Dan (Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology, UC Berkeley). Yang studies the circuits in the brain that control sleep. Perk up your cochlea and jump into this great conversation.
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Jan 15 2016
Rank #11: Molecular Manipulation of Mood with Dr. René Hen
On this episode of Brain Matters, Anthony and Dr. René Hen (Professor, Columbia University) talk about how mood and anxiety is regulated by serotonin and adult neurogenesis, and how Dr. Hen's molecular tools have helped us understand how emotions are processed.
Jun 12 2015
Rank #12: The Resting Brain with Dr. Gagan Wig
On this episode of Brain Matters, Matt talked with Dr. Gagan Wig (Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas) about his research on brain networks. Gagan studies the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI and investigates a multitude of interesting questions about the human brain.
Mar 14 2016
Rank #13: Decisions in the Brain with Dr. Nao Uchida
Anthony and Dr. Nao Uchida (Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University) talk about how we can understand decision-making by looking at animals making decisions while we record from neurons in their brain.
Aug 20 2014
Rank #14: Glial Cells with Dr. Dwight Bergles
On this episode, Anthony and Dr. Dwight Bergles talk about the diverse functions of glia in the nervous system.
Mar 03 2014
Rank #15: Pain and Placebo Effect with Dr. Tor Wager
How can we use our thoughts to regulate our emotional responses? On this episode of Brain Matters, Anthony and Dr. Tor Wager (Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder) discuss how our mental states and context can influence the perception of pain.
May 26 2015
Rank #16: What Can You Remember? with Dr. Anthony Wagner
Anthony sat down with Dr. Anthony Wagner (Professor, Stanford University) and talked about memory. Wagner is a cognitive neuroscientist studying memory in humans using techniques like functional MRI imaging. What does our brain look like when it forgets something? How do we make inferences? And can we detect a real memory from a false memory?
Sep 22 2014
Rank #17: Topographic Visual Maps with Dr. Alyssa Brewer
On this episode of BRAIN MATTERS, Matt and Dr. Alyssa Brewer talk about her research in visual neuroscience and her unique path to becoming a scientist.
Dec 02 2013
Rank #18: Contextualizing Fear with Dr. Michael Fanselow
On this episode of Brain Matters, Anthony interviewed Dr. Michael Fanselow (Distinguished Professor, Psychology, UCLA). They talked about Michael's contributions to our understanding of fear memories and how the context of an event can impact learning.
The music featured in this episode is by Steve Beres. You can find more information about The Steve Martin Album at https://thehumannatures.bandcamp.com/album/the-steve-martin-album
Anthony's interview on WBEZ Chicago's Morning Shift can be found at soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/childhood-fears-that-stay-with-us
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Nov 12 2015
Rank #19: The Nature of Nature (and the brain too) with Dr. David McCormick
This week on Brain Matters, Matt and Dr. David McCormick (Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Yale) start off 2017 right. On this episode you’ll get a quick briefing on the early history of neuroscience, information about Frankenstein’s monster, a look at neural circuits, and perspective from the Buddhist Monks of Tibet. You’re gonna want your cochleas ready for this one.
David mentioned a ton of people and books. Here’s a list in case you wanna dive in.
Major Figures in the Early History of Neuroscience:
Luigi Galvani, Giovanni Aldini, René Descartes, Jan Swammerdam, Alessandro Volta, Emil de Bois-Reymond
Texts David Referenced:
1. Animal Electricity (Galvani, 1791)
2. Essay on Galvanism: “Précis des expériences galvaniques faites récemment à Londres et à Calais“ (Aldini, 1803)
3. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley, 1818)
4. The Cerebellum as a Neuronal Machine (Eccles, 1967)
Further Reading (if you’re into it like we are):
We partnered with Wiley Neuroscience on this one. Follow them on twitter at @neuroscience. Shout out to their team for getting the twitter handle coveted most by neuroscientists.
The music on this episode was by Noveller. The first track was “Trails and Trials” from the soon to be released album “A Pink Sunset for Noone”, the second track was “Rubicon” from the Fantastic Planet LP. Go check out and purchase her music at noveller.bandcamp.com, or at her current label, FireRecords.com
Jan 30 2017
Rank #20: The Vestibular System with Dr. Dora Angelaki
On this episode of Brain Matters, Anthony talked with Dr. Dora Angelaki (Professor & Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine) about her work in the vestibular system. Dora refers to the vestibular system as 'the sixth sense' and her passion for studying this under-appreciated sensory system is clear as talks about her research. Dora is also working on a computational understanding of Autism. She discusses her approach to understanding this complicated disorder.
May 09 2016