Podcast – Curious Mind, Curious Brain


Curious Mind, Curious Brain is a podcast in which I bring you fascinating, true stories from psychology and neuroscience. Several times a month I add a new episode of the podcast, and a corresponding blog post in which I cite my sources and expand on the story.

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Fascinating stories from psychology and neuroscience
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2014-02-26 19:23
last episode published
2014-02-04 05:15
publication frequency
13.22 days
Peter Hildebrand author  
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The Case of the Lemon-Fresh Crook

Did you hear the one about the bank robber who thought it would help to squeeze lemons in his eyes right before his crime? The psychologist David Dunning did, and it made him try to explain why people do dumb things.
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Regarding Henry

This is the story of patient H.M., a polite man without a memory, and the brilliant but often overlooked scientist who put him on the map.
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A Holy Trinity

What happens when you put three delusional men, all of whom believe that they're Jesus Christ, in the same room? In the late 1950s, a psychologist at a mental hospital in Michigan got the chance to find out.
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The Dreams of Otto Loewi

About a century ago, a scientist had a dream in which he devised an experiment. He forgot the dream the next morning, but it still managed to win him to Noble Prize, and ultimately to save his life.
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The Blind Soldier

The working title for this week's episode was "Hitler's Hysteria," which I liked for it's alliteration. The term hysteria is generally frowned upon now. It's a lot less offensive, and a lot more effective, to call these sorts of conditions conversion d...
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Living With False Prophets

This week, I talk about the doomsday religion that social psychology Leon Festinger studied in the 1950s. His studies led him to develop his theory of cognitive dissonance. The concept of cognitive dissonance has been with us for a long time (Wikipedia...
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A Lucky Drug Discovery

This week, I talk about the chain of events that lead to the serendipitous discovery of valproic acid. Valproic acid is one of the key ingredients in Depakote, the most widely prescribed antiepileptic (seizure-controlling) drug in the world. I introduc...
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Berger’s Brain Mirror

This week's podcast tells the story of Hans Berger, a German scientist during the first half of the 20th century. Berger (which a German speaking friend of mine assures me is pronounced "BEAR-grr") thought he had a psychic experience while he was in th...
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