Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone

Brain Science was launched in 2006 by Dr. Ginger Campbell, an experienced emergency physician with a passion for exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how our brains make us who we are. This podcast is for non-scientists, scientists, and everyone in between. We interview scientists and discuss the latest books about the brain. The show is on hiatus until September 2016, but all episodes posted since January 2013 are available for FREE in iTunes. Please visit our website for more episodes and transcripts.

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Brain Science is hosted by Ginger Campbell, MD. It explores how recent discoveries in neuroscience are unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. Full show notes and episode transcripts are available at
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Donald Mackay, author of "Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works "

This episode of Brain Science features Dr. Donald Mackay, author of Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us about Memory and How It Works. H.M. may have been the most studied patient in history, but Mackay's...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Russell Poldrack talks about Brain Imaging

This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with Stanford psychologist, Dr Russell A. Poldrack, author of The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts. We discuss a brief history of the use of fMRI brain im...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

155 Premium Transcript PDF

BS 155 is an interview with Paul Middlebrooks from the Brain Inspired podcast. This is the premium episode transcript. Please scroll down for the audio mp3 file.

Paul Middlebrooks from the Brain-Inspired podcast

BS 155 is an interview with neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks, host of the Brain-Inspired podcast. We explore the main theme of his show, which is the intersection between neuroscience and artificial intelligence. For complete show notes and episode tra...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Dr Alan Castel: psychology of successful aging

BS 154 is an interview with Dr. Alan Castel, author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. In the past we have discussed how our brain changes as we age, but it turns out successful aging requires more than "good genes." Our attitudes ...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

John Dowling: Understanding the Brain

Episode 153 of Brain Science is an interview with Harvard neuroscientist John Dowling. We talk about his latest book Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition with a special focus on Vision. If you listen to this episode in the Free ...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Twelfth Annual Review of Neuroscience

BS 152 is our 12th annual review episode.   In 2018 nine new books were featured and the subjects covered included memory, peri-personal cells, creativity, language, reading, the cerebral mystique, synapses, happiness, emotion and work of Eve Marder.  ...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Neuroscience of Emotion

BS 151 is a discussion of The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis by Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson. We talk about key ideas from the book and relate them to several previous episodes about emotion including interviews with Jaak Panksepp, Lis...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Seth Grant explores the Synaptome

BS 150 is my 4th interview with Dr. Seth Grant, the molecular biologist who has discovered surprising things about the evolution of the synapse, including the fact that vertebrates have much more complex synapses than invertebrates. In this interview w...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Announcement about Australia and Boston

This brief announcement is to correct a mistake I made in BS 148. For several months I have been talking about my trip to Australia in 2019. I have posted this brief audio to clarify that October 1 was the first day to put down your deposit for the tri...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Dean Burnett, author of "Happy Brain"

Brain Science 149 is an episode for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an interview with Dr. Dean Burnett, author of Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why. We look beyond the hype about dopamine and consider how our social nature impacts ou...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Pioneering Neuroscientist Eve Marder

BS 148 is the interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Eve Marder, which I originally recorded back in 2009. I am reposting it now as a follow-up to last month's review of Charlotte Nassim's excellent biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder'...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience

BS 147 is a discussion of the new biography Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience by Charlotte Nassim. This is an intellectual biography of one of neuroscientists least know pioneers. Dr. Marder was interviewed on this podcast bac...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Alan Jasanoff talks about The Biological Mind

This is an interview with MIT neuroscientist, Dr. Alan Jasanoff about his book The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are. We talk about what he calls the "cerebral mystique" and why it is important to remem...
Ginger Campbell, Alan Jasanoff author

The Reading Brain with Maryanne Wolf

BS 145 celebrates the return of Dr. Maryanne Wolf who was featured back in BSP 29 when we talked about her bestseller Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. In this episode we talk about her recent book Tales of Literacy for ...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Language in the Brain

This is an interview with Dr. Angela Friederici, author of Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity. Her book is an extensive review of decades of research, but this interview provides an accessible introduction to listeners of a...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg

BS 143 is an interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation. We explore the roles of both the pre-frontal lobes and the right cerebral hemisphere, and we consider how the rapid rate of change may ac...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Peripersonal Neurons with Michael Graziano

BS 142 is an interview with neuroscientist Michael Graziano about his latest book The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Human Nature. We explore the discovery of peripersonal neurons and discover how deeply they are imbedded in...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

BS 141 is an interview with Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron."  We explore how our brains construct both perception and memory, with an emphasis on meaning over exact detail. ...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Brain Science highlights from 2017

BS 140 is our 11th Annual Review episode. We look back at the highlights from 2017. New listeners will get a good feel for the ideas and guests that appeared, while regular listeners will have a chance to review a few key ideas. This year I also includ...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Jeff Hawkins from Numenta on a new theory about neocortical function

Jeff Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005, shortly after publishing his best seller "On Intelligence." Numenta's goal is to create a computer model of how the human cortex functions and more importantly advance our theoretical understanding of why it has th...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Dr. Medina on Brain Rules for Aging Well

In BS 138 Dr. John Medina returns to discuss his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. This is a lively discussion full of useful information for listeners of all ages. If you listen via the free Bra...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Seth Grant: "The Brain's Genetic Lifespan Calendar"

In BS 137 neuroscientist Seth Grant describes his surprising new discovery that brain complexity is controlled by a "genetic lifespan calendar" that determines the timing of brain changes through out the lifespan. We also explore the exciting implicati...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

Why Reading Science Matters

In Brain Science 136 we discuss "Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It" by Mark Seidenberg. We consider the disturbing gap between our scientific knowledge of reading and current education practic...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

How Emotions Are Made with Lisa Feldman Barrett

This episode features Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. We discuss the evidence AGAINST the classical theory that emotions are universal and hardwired, as well as her new theory of Constructed Emotions. This new theory has sign...
Ginger Campbell, MD author

BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience

Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience died in April 2017 at the age of 73. Because he was one of our most popular guests we are replaying his first interview from 2010. Please visit Brain Science website for detailed show notes and links...

BS 133 Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel

How many neurons does the typical human brain contain? The oft-quoted number of 100 billion turns out to have been a guess that was wrong! By a lot! Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel is the Brazilian neuroscientist who developed a revolutionary new technique...

BS 132 William Uttal on the limitations of brain imaging

Dr. William Uttal first appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2012. He was a long time critic of over reliance of certain types of brain imaging, especially fMRI, in cognitive neuroscience. Sadly, he died in February 2017, so in his honor I am ...

BS 131: What is Mind? part 2 of our 10th Anniversary Retrospective

In this episode we focus on the most recent 5 years of Brain Science, looking back at our guests and topics with a focus on the question What is Mind? Since there is no consensus about this deeply human question, I am sharing how my own thoughts have g...

Brain Science 130 Ten Year Anniversary, Part 1 - The Early Years

In this episode, Dr. Ginger Campbell celebrates The Brain Science Podcast/Brain Science's 10 year anniversary. This episode focuses on the first 5 years of the podcast. Find out how the show got started and listen as Dr. Campbell shares some of her mos...

Brain Science: 10th Anniversary Preview

In December, Brain Science (podcast) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. I want to include listener feedback so I posted this brief call to action. Please send your mp3 or email to Also, if you enjoy our sponsor Audible....

BSP 129 Dr. Brenda Milner: Neuropsychology and the Study of Memory

In episode 129, Dr. Brenda Milner comes on the show to talk about her life's work and her most famous experiments. Dr. Milner was a pioneer in the field of neuropsychology and in the study of memory and other cognitive functions in humankind. She studi...

BSP 128 Jon Mallatt: Primary Consciousness and Experience

In episode 128, Jon Mallat is here to talk about the book he co-authored, "The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience". The focus on this conversation is on primary consciousness, the most base form of consciousness. We diff...

Brain Science: Information for Listeners

Brain Science (formerly the Brain Science Podcast) has been on a 6 month hiatus. This short audio provides information for both new listeners and longtime fans. I talk briefly about the background and content of the show. Then I explain how to get more...

BSP 127 Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti

BSP 127 is a follow-up to BSP 122, which was an interview with Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease. in this new interview we discuss some of Dr. Benedetti's most recent research into placebo...

BSP 126 Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

Episode 126 is an interview with Andy Clark, author of Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind. Our focus is on integrating a predictive model of the brain with the principles of embodied cognition. Clark makes these topics acces...

BSP 125 Ninth Annual Review Episode

BSP 125 is our ninth annual review episode. I briefly review a few key ideas from each episode and then look forward to 2016. Check out the show notes at for a list of all of this year's guests and a list of what books we...

BSP 124 After Phrenology with Michael Anderson

In BSP 124 philosopher turned neuroscientist Michael Anderson talks about his new book "After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain." One of the most surprising recent discoveries in neuroscience has been that every part of the brain actua...

BSP 123 Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition with Anthony Chemero

BSP 123 is an interview with Anthony Chemero, author of Radical Embodied Cognitive Science and Phenomenology: an Introduction. Our focus is gaining an appreciation for phenomenology as a living philosophical tradition that is making valuable contributi...

BSP 122 Neurobiology of Placebos

This is a replay of the interview with Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti, author of Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease and The Patient's Brain: The neuroscience behind the doctor-patient. We talk about the neurobiology of placebos...

BSP Summer Announcements

Due to circumstances beyond my control the next full episode of the Brain Science Podcast will be delayed until mid-late September. This announcement explains why and also includes important information about BSP 121 (a revised version is available). I...

BSP 121 Interoception with Dr. AD (Bud) Craig

BSP 121 is an interview with AD (Bud) Craig, author of  "How Do You Feel?: An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self." Dr. Craig has made some surprising discoveries about how information about our body's inner state (interoception) reache...

BSP 120 Ed Taub Part 2

BSP 120 is the second half of my interview with Dr. Ed Taub, pioneer of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy), which is a revolutionary approach to rehabilating people with stroke and other brain injuries.Full show notes and episode transcri...

BSP 119 Dr. Ed Taub: Stroke Rehab and Brain Plasticity (neuroplasticity)

BSP 119 is the first half of a new interview with Dr. Edward Taub who last appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in Episode 28. His Constraint Induced (CT) Therapy is a pioneering rehabilitation method that taps into brain plasticity to help patie...

BSP 118 Neuroanatomy for Everyone

BSP 118 provides an accessible introduction to neuroantomy for listeners of all backgrounds. It is an edited version of BSP 32, which was a discussion of "Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain"  by David Bainbridge.Please v...

BSP 117: Michael Gazzaniga, father of cognitive neuroscience

BSP 117 is an interview with pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga. We focus on his new autobiography "Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience."Please visit for complete show notes and episode...

BSP 116 Norman Doidge, MD on "The Brain's Way of Healing"

BSP 116 is an interview with Dr. Norman Doidge about his new book "The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity." In his previous bestseller, "The Brain That Changes Itself," Dr. Doidge feature...

BSP 115 Evan Thompson: Eastern Philosophy meets Western Neuroscience

BSP 115 is an interview with Evan Thompson about his new book Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy.Complete show notes and episode transcripts are available at

BSP 114 Eighth Annual Review Episode

The Brain Science Podcast celebrated its eighth anniversary on December 5, 2014, which makes this our 8th annual review episode. Topics discussed in 2014 included brain plasticity, the interaction of cognition and emotion, sleep, consciousness, "neurom...

BSP 113 Dalai Lama at UAB

BSP 113 features highlights and excerpts from the event "Neuroplasticity and Healing," which was held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on October 25, 2014. The event featured His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and neuroscientists Norman Doid...