Wired to be Weird

Ian McLaughlin & Bo Allen

Tearing down the pay-wall that separates people from the research they pay for
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How to Grow a Baby

0:00 | Mar 21st

We delve into how lifestyle factors, sleep, mood, and various kinds of pollution can influence the brain development of a child. We also chat about some ways to minimize the likelihood that those factors have a negative effect on development.
Inheriting Politics

0:00 | Nov 4th, 2018

In preparation for the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States (REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH !), Bo and I chat about how much of a person’s politics are inherited genetically from their parents, as well as some companies that are entirel...Show More
The Beast Inside Us All (SPE II)

0:00 | Sep 9th, 2018

In the last episode, Bo and I chatted about two famous experiments - and how they've been re-interpreted over time. In this episode, we discuss one of them in greater detail - as well as what we can learn about how science, society, and government ca...Show More
Marshmallows & Prisoners: two classic studies are redefined

56:56 | Jul 13th, 2018

Today, Bo and I chatted about two of the most widely known studies of human behavior in modern history - the Marshmallow Test and the Stanford Prisoner Experiment. New data and interviews have emerged that fundamentally redefine how we ought to inter...Show More
Laurel & Yanni, migraine treatment, Alzheimers & excersize, universality of music

56:40 | May 29th, 2018

Another multi-topic episode. We discuss the recent approval of a new treatment for migraines, then some evidence suggesting a certain kind of exercise may be therapeutic for Alzheimer's disease, and finally some work that suggests there may be univer...Show More
Do Humans Use Pheromones?

47:32 | Mar 26th, 2018

Bo and I discuss the evidence that supports and refutes a role played by pheromones in guiding human attraction - as well as a potential role played by the immune system in making some people more attractive than others, guiding human attraction and ...Show More
NeuroByte - IQ & Psychiatry + A Cause of Dyslexia

25:53 | Feb 8th, 2018

We discuss a study at least partly monitored by one of Ian's college mentors that explored whether there might be a relationship between high IQ scores and psychiatric & physiological diagnoses. We then discuss a study that blew Ian's mind, showing t...Show More
NeuroByte - Neurons talking like viruses, & is your mind's eye blind?

34:31 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Bo and I discuss two science stories from the recent past. One is a discovery that neurons are capable of trading genetic material to one another directly - meaning, that one neuron can express a gene, transcribe it into RNA, and then send it to anot...Show More
Is addiction a disease or a disorder? (Part 2)

52:11 | Jan 8th, 2018

Why are some so skeptical of the disease model of addiction, while institutions like NIDA and the NIH embrace it? Should the NIH adjust its perspective? And what is Ian's opinion?
Is addiction a disease or a disorder? (Part 1)

57:27 | Oct 9th, 2017

Did the concept of addiction always exist, or is it a new concept? Do scientists and physicians all agree that addiction is a disease? We discuss topics like these, as well as a scandal involving the primary study used to make MDMA, or ecstasy, as il...Show More
Neuralink - Brain Computer Interfaces (Part 2)

52:48 | Jun 12th, 2017

In part 2 of our discussion of Neuralink, Elon Musk's newly announced company, we focus more on what it might be like if this kind of a technology were realized, as well as how likely it might be.
Neuralink - Elon Musk's Next Adventure (Part 1)

1:03:57 | Jun 5th, 2017

Part 1 of a conversation about Neuralink, the brain-computer interface company that Elon Musk announced that has been described as being pursued to enable humanity to compete with artificial intelligence - enabling humans to directly interface with c...Show More
What is Deja Vu?

31:13 | Mar 5th, 2017

Deja Vu can teach us a lot about how human memory works, as well as how a person can be tricked into believing a false account of a past experience, as well as into believing they've committed actions that they never, in fact, did
Cannabis & Humans Part 2

57:28 | Dec 21st, 2016

It's difficult to know the long-term consequences of cannabis use, but recent discoveries can start to provide some insights as to the potential promises and perils of cannabis. This is an in-depth discussion of the pharmacology, genetics, and a sho...Show More
Cannabis & Humans Part 1

19:26 | Dec 21st, 2016

We discuss some big statistics, and what's wrong with the current research into cannabis.
Why do we dream? Part 2

55:11 | Aug 1st, 2016

We discuss the function of twitching while sleeping, and how we can come to sleep walk - as well as how and why we have lucid dreams, how we can learn to lucid dream, and if we might ever be able to make movies of our dreams.
Why do we dream? Part 1

30:14 | Jul 5th, 2016

Dreaming has been studied for thousands of years, and yet it remains one of the most mysterious aspects of consciousness. What we've learned in the past half-century suggests that it may play a central role in how human consciousness develops into be...Show More
What is anxiety? Part 2

43:38 | Jun 13th, 2016

How does our brain produce anxiety, how is that different from fear, how does anxiety influence cognition/parenting/drug use, and can you inherit anxiety?
What is anxiety?

23:38 | Jun 8th, 2016

Bo and I discuss what anxiety & fear are, how they're similar, how they're different, and why they're useful. We also discuss how animals experience these emotions, and what it's like when they go wrong. In the next episode, we'll discuss how exact...Show More
Why do birds suddenly appear?

21:07 | May 6th, 2016

We chat about why and how we fall in love, why we fall out of love, whether or not humans are really monogamous, and we compare & contrast it to psychiatric illnesses
From uppers to downers and everything in between.

25:34 | Apr 25th, 2016

We discuss the differences & similarities of stimulants and sedatives, what they are, and how they work. We also discuss drugs found in "bath salts", and what we can learn from them
What does psychotic mean?

29:04 | Apr 17th, 2016

Psychosis is a mental condition that 1 out of 13 people worldwide is projected to experience at least once before the age of 75. We discuss psychosis at the level of the brain and genome, and how stressful life events can precipitate it in some peop...Show More
What's in a face?

14:04 | Mar 23rd, 2016

We chat about the complex ways we perceive faces, how it can go wrong, and how this system plays a crucial role in how you gravitate towards one political candidate over another. Can we predict your political party based purely on the way you percei...Show More
What are Alzheimer's & Dementia?

15:41 | Mar 4th, 2016

We discuss an overview of what Alzheimer's & dementia are, why they occur, and potential treatment strategies.Literature used:Nelson L, Tabet N. Slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease; what works?Ageing Res Rev. 2015 Sep;23(Pt B):193-209. doi...Show More
What is addiction?

15:49 | Jan 20th, 2016

Bo and I discuss the various theories of why addiction and withdrawal occur.
What is the brain?

22:05 | Jan 12th, 2016

This will definitely be a denser episode than the following ones. It'll be a good place to start for someone that wants a broad picture of how the brain works