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17 minutes | 3 days ago
Think Fast S2, EP2 – Why do children bring the law with Meltem Yucel
This episode we are talking about the kinds of moral behaviours that children show as they grow up. Children develop their morals over time and one big question is whether children are moral because they want to be, to uphold altruism and Justice or because they are afraid of being punished and would like to get a reward for getting someone else in trouble. We don't exactly know is the clear question and that is what this episode is going to explore. We are talking with Meltem Yucel about her work on how we can understand if children are or are not moral in the way we would judge adults. There is also some interesting extra content on the 'Theory of Puppets' which was a fun extra I had during recording
17 minutes | 10 days ago
Think Fast S2, EP1 – Getting into each other’s minds with Dr Alan Jern
In social psychology, we don't just study how people act around others but we also study how humans understand one another. Social psychology accepts that our understanding of other people is not perfect and we are still trying to understand the rules that explain how we predict what other people do. In this episode, we talk with Dr Alan Jern about his studies on whether simplicity or complexity is preferred when we get into other people's heads. More than usual in this series we turn the experimental lens in on ourselves.
1 minutes | 18 days ago
WCNeuro Rebroadcast – Psychosis and schizophrenia part one with Professor Gary Donohoe
To finish off this series on the biochemistry of the brain, as sponsored by the Biochemical Society in the UK, we are doing a miniseries on the biochemistry behind psychosis and schizophrenia. Many people believe that hallucinating and having delusions is all there is to schizophrenia, in fact that is the definition of psychosis. Schizophrenia is much more complicated disorder with hallucinations and delusions but also changes in mood, personality, cognitive abilities and more. Gary Donohue is both a psychiatrist who helps patients in psychiatric wards and also a neuroscientist trying to understand what is happening in the neurons of those with schizophrenia. We also talk about what the modern approaches to supporting recovering schizophrenia patients are.
1 minutes | 24 days ago
WCNeuro Rebroadcast – Google Effect with Dr Adrian Ward
0 minutes | a month ago
WCNeuro Rebroadcast – Sleep with Dr Andrew Bagshaw
As humans we sleep for over a third of our time which comes to a third of our lifetime and yet this episode’s guest estimates we are still a few hundred years off having a complete understanding of what our brain doing while we are sleeping. We aren’t even talking about dreams here but just the biological functions our brain does when it is resting. You see the brain never truly rests, it always active but during sleep, and the stages of sleep, we find the brain does a great deal of housekeeping but ultimately the precise nature is tricky to unfold. In this interview we go through how disturbing sleep affects us, can electronic disturb sleep, how our brain works in different ways under sleeping conditions and also how your sleeping preferences affect your day to day life. If you just want the science without a whole sleep program being subscribed to you then downloading this episode is a smart move.
14 minutes | a month ago
Think Fast S1, EP11 – A neuroscientist you can visit with Toby Pasman
This episode is about the neuroscientists that find themselves in labs which work with the public to help with health and self-improvement services. Toby Pasman originally trained in an academic lab during his undergraduate but after graduating decided to work in a corporate lab studying neurofeedback and neural manipulation that can help people to live better and healthier lives. Today we are talking with Toby to talk about his experience in working in both a university and corporate laboratory, what is similar, what isn't and where are the differences. If you are interested in the move from the academic settings to the wider corporate world this is a great episode for taking that first jump and learning about the topic that every academic is talking about in 2020.
18 minutes | a month ago
Think Fast S1, EP10 – Can cannabis help mental health with Carrie Cuttler
This episode is about cannabis, for decades it has been used by people to manage their mental health providing anxiety alleviating effects and supported by a range of other anecdotal evidence. With cannabis only recently being legalised across many countries in the Western world or at least approved in various forms for medicinal uses research about the effects of cannabis on mental health was light on the ground. In this episode, we are talking with Dr Carrie Cuttler about one of the first mass population studies into the effects of cannabis on people's mental health using big data and peer-reviewed statistical methods. We talk about the good, the bad and how scientists view what cannabis can do for us. This show is sponsored by NeuroCatch Inc, an objective measure of brain health, to find out more please follow the link on our website www.watercoolerneuroscience.co.uk.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP9 – Laser precision memory manipulation with Asaf Marco
Dr. Asaf Marco is a memory expert from MIT who came on episode 9 of Think Fast. His work studies how memory formation and the genes instead our neurons can be manipulated to better understand the day to day working of human memory formation. This episode was fascinating too because his lab has used newly bred research mice with specifically created neurons that help both with fluorescence when the memory systems are 'active' and also to be super precise to the conditions Dr Marco wanted to study. The studies attached on our site watercoolerneuroscience.co.uk were gifted to the site by Dr Marco so those who want to learn more about his work can find out, for those who just want the overview please press play
16 minutes | 2 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP8 – Learning about the structure of neurons with Bryan Roth
In this episode, Bryan Roth is talking with our host Wilf Nelson about how serotonin and hallucinogens bind. Hallucinogens have received a lot of press recently for their uses in medicine and helping those with conditions traditionally resistant to other medical interventions but we will still don't know a lot about how they actually bind to cells. If we knew that if we had the secrets of what a hallucinogen is doing when it attaches to a neuron, or more specifically a receptor, would we need hallucinogens or could we find better and safer workarounds? On this episode of Think Fast, we talk with one of the scientists who is doing exactly that, breaking down the secrets of neurons and receptors to advance our future in both neuroscience and neuroscience medicine.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP7 – The twinkling stars of the brain with Ashley Ingiosi
Sleep is a deep and rich topic in Psychology and Neuroscience because while it doesn't have the flashiness of 'what is consciousness' it is still a state that we occupy for around a third of lives and yet we understand very little of. In this episode we are not talking about what the neurons do but instead we are talking about the rest of the cells in the brain, the glial and specifically astroctyes, and what their role in sleep is. The glial have been called the life support system of the brain and since sleep is so restorative to our brains it would make sense that the life support system has some major roles to play in keeping our brain healthy. While this is all true our guest today is talking about how it is not only the neurons that have something to do with the brain's functioning during sleep. It is time to dive in and Think Fast.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP6 – Where have they been with Antje Ihlefeld
Antje was a guest on season two of WaterCooler Neuroscience discussing her work with auditory perception and how that effects those with hearing impairment and hearing aids. In this episode we talk about how the last six months have been for her and her lab and the work that she has been doing with the Acoustical Society on the remote testing wiki to ensure quality research can continue during a global pandemic. If you are interested in the Acoustical Society's work for your own research please check out their work through this link: https://www.spatialhearing.org/remotetesting/Issues/Issues.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP5 – How your legs work with Brigitte Lavoie
In this episode of think fast we are speaking with Brigitte Lavoie who is a neuroscientist that worked on the fundamentals of antagonist muscles, when we need one muscle to contract and another to relax. Most motions our bodies does automatically keep the balance between two sets of muscles in an equilibrium thanks to a series of reflexes but walking is different and one of the main skills humans learn in our earliest years. This episode explores the research into how we walk and where we need automatic reflexes and when we need them to be overridden. This episode is particularly special because it covers science so foundational to modern brain science every neuroscientist I know had to learn this.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP4 – Where have they been with Julianne Flanagan
Continuing our inauguration of Think Fast with a visit back to our previous guests this time we are talking with a guest from season 3 of WCNeuro which was kindly sponsored by the Biochemical Society in the UK. Julianne is a researcher who studies PTSD and interpersonal violence. We spoke about her interesting perspective on violence in relationships after having worked in that field for years as well as her work to create new non-hallucinogenic treatments using oxytocin to help with the treatment of mental illness caused by traumatic events. Julianne's lab is based in South Carolina in the USA and we talk about how she has been continuing to run her experiments on treating disorders and how she has run her lab over the last half a year since she was on the show.
13 minutes | 3 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP3 – Psychologist Vs Psychiatrist with Prof Matthew Broome
Once upon a time, I was a teaching assistant and when I was a teaching assistant I was asked all the time what was the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist. It is probably the most common question I have ever been asked since I graduated as a psychologist half a decade ago (and wow). There are many differences but both psychologists and psychiatrists have much to offer in helping and treating those with mental health problems. In this episode, we bring in the director of the Institute for Mental Health here in the UK. His name is Professor Matthew Broome and he wants you to know how to become a psychiatrist when you don't need to be to help in treating mental health disorders, and even what to do if you are already trained in another field.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP2 – Where have they been with Joe Galea
Dr Joseph Galea was a guest on WCNeuro back in season 2 talking about motor learning, stroke rehabilitation and the encounters of being mugged in this post-doctorate life which is he oddly well adjusted over. In this catch up we ask him how his lab has been handling not only running research over the past six months but also his plans to move to more remote testing in the future and capitalising on the lockdown to create new experimental methods that can be run on a smartphone to thousands of happy participants. We also talk with him about his experience of the academic hiring freeze, the ways he has supported his staff and his positive suggestions for moving from the academic world to the corporate world. This is a great episode to listen to for those who want to see what is happening in universities right now.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
Think Fast S1, EP1 – Where have they been with John Hardy
This is the first episode of Think Fast, a new short series we are making which brings you cutting edge news from around the world of Neuroscience and Psychology. Over the past six months with a lockdown across most of the world research has been equally hit. When you study people and the brain as the guest on WCNeuro do that means getting those people into the laboratory for testing becomes unsafe and must be put on hold. In this episode, we go back to talk to John Hardy about how he has experienced the summer of 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. We delve into how he has run his laboratory remotely, continued to grow as a researcher and supported his staff through this hard time.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
WCNeuro Special Feature – Being a CEO/Professor with Professor Ryan D’Arcy
Not many neuroscientists are also entrepreneurs, while the job of a scientist is probing new fields and discovering new findings or inventing the next breakthrough it is not part of scientific training to know how to bring those findings to market. In this episode we talk to Company President and endowed Professor Ryan’ D’Arcy on how he takes his work in the lab into his company Health Tech Connex. By blending the academic with the commercial the findings in scientific journals make their way into clinics where the public can be treated with the latest research. Ryan’s company can be found here, https://healthtechconnex.com/, and please check our social media on facebook, twitter and Instagram for more insights about the guest.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
WCNeuro S3, EP1 – How neurons use energy part one with Dr Tim Ryan
Starting off our series on the biochemistry of the brain, sponsored by the Biochemical Society in the UK, is part one on how our brain cells (neurons) use their energy. This episode covers how neurons are the most energy hungry cells in the body, why they need all that energy and what goes wrong when they aren’t given a constant supply of oxygen, sugars, neurochemicals and all that good stuff. Tim Ryan is an expert on how our brain uses its energy. In this episode we don’t just tell you what our neurons do, we got Tim to walk us through life in his lab so you can know step by step how he does the science that made him so famous.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
WCNeuro S3, EP2 – How neurons use energy part 2 with Dr Vidhya Rangaraju
In part two of opening mini-series on how our neurons use energy we are talking with Vidhya Rangaraju. We are taking to Tim Ryan’s ex-PhD student Vidhya Rangaraju who is now in the process of setting up her own lab so she can study how our neurons have multiple power generating tiny organs across each part of the neuron. Neurons are the most energy hungry cells in our body with our brain using 25% of the energy in the body despite being only 10% of our body mass. In this episode we talk more about how neurons have adapted to handle their enormous energy requirements and why the receiving and sending portions of a neuron actually need different power creating solutions.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
WCNeuro S3, EP3 – How cells respond to information with Professor Rob Malenka
It is rare when making a show that you get to speak to the people who were foundational to your understanding of the field. For me Robert Malenka is one of those people, when I first started to learn neuroscience one of the big topics was how neurons use their energy, we learnt about that in episodes one and two. Well for episode three of this season sponsored by the Biochemical Society we are talking about neurons respond to communication, both in the short term over a second and in the long term for hours to days. There isn’t a neuroscientist around today who doesn’t know about this work called long term potentiation, in this episode we break it down and discuss what you need to know.
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