This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg
Summary: Dr. Phil Stieg, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, introduces his new podcast, which will explore different aspects of our most important and complex organ – the brain. In each episode, this world-renowned neurosurgeon will present a view into how the brain works, what can go wrong, and what we know about how to fix it. Get life-saving information and timely advice on how to live a brain-healthy life.
Sound may be the least understood of the five senses. Neuroscientist Nina Kraus of Northwestern University takes us on a tour of how the brain processes music, and explains the lifelong benefits of music education. Find out how music can help offset the effects of poverty, and how concussion distorts music in the brain. Plus, Why you should make your child take piano lessons. www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu Dr. Kraus' new book - Of Sound Mind - https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/sound-mind
Worried about dementia, depression, or the zombie apocalypse? Greg Gage, PhD, has a solution for all of these – teach more kids about neuroscience, stat. His company, Backyard Brains, makes do-it-yourself brain kits that wow students with robo-roaches, nerve takeovers, and the sounds of neurons popping. One of these aspiring neuroscientists just may save us from brain disorders some day. Plus… listen in as Gage demonstrates how to take over an unsuspecting audience member’s arm. www.backyardbrains.
True creative genius may well be the last frontier in human evolution – the only trait that can’t be replaced with technology. Dr. Robert Bilder, (Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity at UCLA) reveals what his study of artists and scientists tell us about how creative brains work, and how some creative people manage to bring their brains to the very edge of chaos without crossing into madness. Plus - Are we educating the creative genius out of our kids? https://www.semel.ucla.edu/creativit
Menopause can wreak havoc on mood and body temperature, but some of the biggest changes it causes are in the brain. Emily Jacobs, assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at UC Santa Barbara, explains how the decline in estrogen during "the change" disrupts the endocrine system. Plus: Hear from women describing the effects they experienced. Love this podcast? Take our survey to help us shape Season 3: https://weillcornell.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1WUwh7KeA3VhsNw
Is there a "trust spot" in the brain? How do we balance the human desire to trust against the fear of betrayal? Dr. Frank Krueger, a psychologist, physicist, and neuroscientist at George Mason University, explains how our brain circuits teach us to navigate the social dilemma of who deserves our trust. Plus... why men are more trusting (and take more risks) than women, and why those with autism have so much trouble deciding whom to trust. https://centec.gmu.edu/people/fkrueger
After the shocking 2011 shooting that sent a would-be assassin’s bullet through her brain, former U.S. Rep. Giffords had to re-learn how to breathe, walk, and talk. In this reprise of our Season 2 premiere episode, Dr. Stieg talks with neurologic music therapist Maegan Morrow, whose innovative techniques helped Giffords “rewire” her brain and regain her voice. Bonus: Special appearance by Ms. Giffords herself. https://giffords.org/about/gabbys-story/
Does "brain training" work? Dr. Susanne Jaeggi and Dr. Aaron Seitz are experts who are developing and studying brain apps in a nationwide study of their effectiveness. Together they are exploring how cognitive skills and working memory can both be improved -- not just in older people, but especially in them. Plus... sample a brain game yourself! For information on how to participate in the Brain Game study, go to: https://bgc.ucr.edu/trainmymemory/
...and 7 other lessons about the command center that runs our body. Lisa Feldman Barret, professor of psychology at Northeastern University and director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab, says the 128 billion neurons in the brain act like the air traffic control system. They are knit together into a pattern that's capable of a remarkable range of functions, from satisfying thirst to making morally responsible choices. Plus, Why Plato was wrong about the brain. lisafeldmanbarrett.com/
The gentle sounds of the surf, or sweet birdsong in the trees, are more than just refreshing -- they have actual, proven power to heal the brain. Dr. David Strayer explains how our over-stressed, technologically bombarded, multi-tasking brains are restored when we immerse ourselves in nature.
Can you train your brain to perform better, feel happier, focus more? Stephen Kotler says you can. The bestselling author of The Art of the Impossible and Stealing Fire and founder of the Flow Research Collective, Kotler explains what's behind "flow states" and how we can all learn to harness the power of biology to reach peak performance. Learn what's going on in the brain when you're firing on all cylinders, and how to reach emotional states that are "north of happy." www.stevenkotler.com
Dolphins have large, complex brains that are a lot like the human model -- what if we could get inside their heads and communicate with them? Meet cognitive psychologist and marine mammal scientist Diana Reiss, PhD, who has been doing just that. Turns out our underwater friends have a lot going on in their brains, if only we could learn to decode it. Plus... Hear from one of the musician/scientists who fifty years ago discovered that whales produce actual songs!
What's causing the "Covid fog" and "long-haul Covid" that have been all over the news lately? Neuropsychologist Heidi Bender, PhD, and infectious disease specialist Lish Ndhlovu, MD, PhD, explain how the virus is sneaking into the brain, what it does when it gets there, and how that affects cognition, emotions, and behavior. Plus... hear firsthand from a patient who went through the fog — and came out the other side.
Pain and fear are inevitable, especially these days, but we can retrain our brains to reduce suffering. Dr. Sara Lazar, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, reveals how just eight weeks of mindful meditation can visibly change parts of the brain to be less reactive to pain. Plus... how meditation apps put the power of mindfulness right in your hand. Links to the meditation apps mentioned in this episode: www.calm.com www.headspace.com https://insighttimer.com
More than an evolutionary waste of energy, dreams are one of the last mysteries of human cognition. Dr. Raphael Vallat, a neuroscientist and sleep researcher at UC Berkeley, explains what we know about what happens during REM sleep, why we have recurring nightmares, and even how that evening cocktail affects your dreams. Plus… the weirdest things some people do while they're asleep
A brain experiment on abstract vs representational art reveals the secrets of how we make decisions, and how we impulsive humans may finally learn to delay gratification. Psychologist Daphna Shohamy, Professor of Psychology at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University, explains "construal level theory" and what that means about art -- and dessert. Plus... The Stendahl Syndrome (aka an Art Attack), in which great works can quite literally knock you flat.