Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone

Ginger Campbell, MD

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, s...Show More
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BS 158 Philosopher Patricia Churchland discusses "Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition"

1:13:37 | Jun 28th

This month marks the return of popular Brain Science guest Dr. Patricia Churchland (BS 55 and BS 81). We talk about her new book, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition. This book is a great combination of up to date neuroscience and critical thi...Show More
BS 157 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"

1:18:54 | May 24th

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...Show More
BS 156 Russell Poldrack talks about Brain Imaging (fMRI)

1:06:03 | Apr 26th

This 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 imaging with an emphasis on how...Show More
155 Premium Transcript PDF

0:00 | Mar 26th

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.
BS 155 Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience with Paul Middlebrooks

1:01:45 | Mar 22nd

In this episode I talk with fellow podcaster and neuroscientist Paul Middlebrooks about the intersection between neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
BS 154 Alan Castel explores the psychology of successful aging

1:00:49 | Feb 22nd

This 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 ...Show More
BS 153 "Understanding the Brain" with John Dowling

1:25:22 | Jan 25th

This is an interview with neuroscientist John E Dowling. We discuss his latest books: "Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition" and "Vision: How It Works and What Can Go Wrong." It is a good episode for listeners who are new to n...Show More
BS 152 Twelfth Annual Review Episode

32:30 | Dec 28th, 2018

This 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.  We...Show More
BS 151 Neuroscience of Emotion

39:10 | Nov 21st, 2018

This 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, L...Show More
BS 150 Seth Grant Explores the Synaptome

1:00:35 | Oct 26th, 2018

This 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.Now his team has dev...Show More
Announcements about Boston and Australia

02:13 | Oct 13th, 2018

Brief announcement with important details about upcoming trips to Boston and Australia
BS 149 "Happy Brain" with Dr. Dean Burnett

1:05:52 | Sep 28th, 2018

This 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.
BS 148 Pioneering neuroscientist Eve Marder

1:04:17 | Aug 24th, 2018

This 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...Show More
BS 147: Eve Marder's Life in Neuroscience

46:59 | Jul 27th, 2018

This 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...Show More
BS 146 Alan Jasanoff on The Biological Mind

55:31 | Jun 21st, 2018

Dr. Alan Jasanoff works as a neuroscientist at MIT. We discuss his book "The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are." Learn more at
BS 145 The Reading Brain with Maryanne Wolf

58:02 | May 25th, 2018

This episode is an interview with Dr. Maryanne Wolf, author of "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain" and "Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century." This is a thought provoking conversation that will interest listeners o...Show More
BS 144 Language in the Brain with Angela Friederici

51:01 | Apr 27th, 2018

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...Show More
BS 143 Creativity with Elkhonon Goldberg

53:42 | Mar 23rd, 2018

This 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 ...Show More
BS 142 Michael Graziano explores Peripersonal Neurons

56:02 | Feb 23rd, 2018

This 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 ...Show More
BS 141 Rodrigo Quian Quiroga on Memory and Perception

52:25 | Jan 25th, 2018

This is an iinterview 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....Show More
BS 140 Brain Science Review of 2017

49:03 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Host Dr. Ginger Campbell looks back on 2017, which included interviews with Susana Herculano-Houzel, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Seth Grant, John Medina, and Jeff Hawkins. We also replayed interview from the late Jaak Panksepp and William Uttal.
BS 139 Jeff Hawkins from Numenta

1:04:10 | Nov 27th, 2017

Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence and founder of Numenta gives listeners an update on his team's research into how the neocortex produces intelligence. He discusses an exciting new theory of why the cortex consists of columns and how these colu...Show More
BS 138 John Medina: Brain Rules for Aging Well

1:05:08 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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.
BS 137 Seth Grant: "Genetic Lifespan Calendar"

53:54 | Sep 25th, 2017

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 implications of this discovery.
BS 136 Why Reading Science Matters

1:15:14 | Aug 28th, 2017

We review "Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It" by Mark Seidenberg.
BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made

1:30:19 | Jul 31st, 2017

Lisa Feldman Barrett is the author of "How Emotions are Made, " which challenges the deeply entrenched (classical) assumption that emotions are universal and hardwired. In this interview we discuss the evidence against the old theory and explore her ...Show More
BS 134 Remember Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience

1:08:58 | Jul 5th, 2017

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.
BS 133 Counting Neurons with Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel

1:04:10 | Apr 26th, 2017

In "The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable" Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel explains the surprisingly discovery that human brains have fewer neurons than has long been assumed. This episode is an interview with Herculano-Houzel.
BS 132 William Uttal on the limitations of brain imaging

1:10:31 | Mar 31st, 2017

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 a...Show More
BS 131: What is Mind? part 2 of our 10th Anniversary Retrospective

46:33 | Jan 30th, 2017

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

42:28 | Dec 21st, 2016

n 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 mo...Show More
Brain Science: 10th Anniversary Preview

05:15 | Nov 20th, 2016

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

52:38 | Oct 5th, 2016

Dr. Brenda Milner talks 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 is best known for her work with split-b...Show More
BSP 128 Jon Mallatt: Primary Consciousness and Experience

1:17:06 | Sep 1st, 2016

Jon Mallat 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.
Brain Science: Information for Listeners

09:49 | Aug 23rd, 2016

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 mo...Show More
BSP 127 Placebo Research Update with Fabrizio Benedetti

52:25 | Mar 1st, 2016

This is a follow-up to an earlier episode, 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 ...Show More
BSP 126 Andy Clark on Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

1:06:58 | Jan 28th, 2016

This 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 accessib...Show More
BSP 125 Ninth Annual Review Episode

1:07:25 | Dec 23rd, 2015

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 ...Show More
BSP 124 After Phrenology with Michael Anderson

1:07:11 | Nov 24th, 2015

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 actually parti...Show More
BSP 123 Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition with Anthony Chemero

1:10:59 | Oct 28th, 2015

This 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 contrib...Show More
BSP 122 Neurobiology of Placebos

1:02:39 | Sep 28th, 2015

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 placeb...Show More
BSP Summer Announcements

23:33 | Aug 30th, 2015

After some brief announcements, Brain Science Podcast host Ginger Campbell, MD remembers her husband Dennis G Smith who died unexpectedly on July 25, 2015.
BSP 121 Interoception with Dr. AD (Bud) Craig

53:00 | Jul 28th, 2015

This 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) reaches...Show More
BSP 120 Ed Taub Part 2

50:01 | Jul 3rd, 2015

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

38:24 | May 25th, 2015

This is the first half of a new interview with Dr. Edward Taub who last appeared on the Brain Science Podcast back in 2007. His Constraint Induced (CT) Therapy is a pioneering rehabilitation method that taps into brain plasticity to help patients wit...Show More
BSP 118 Neuroanatomy for Everyone

57:07 | Apr 28th, 2015

This episode provides an accessible introduction to neuroantomy for listeners of all backgrounds. We discuss "Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain"  by David Bainbridge.
BSP 117: Michael Gazzaniga, father of cognitive neuroscience

40:37 | Mar 22nd, 2015

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

1:09:01 | Feb 22nd, 2015

This 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 featured...Show More
BSP 115 Evan Thompson: Eastern Philosophy meets Western Neuroscience

58:11 | Jan 29th, 2015

This is an interview with Evan Thompson about his new book "Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy." We explore whether Eastern Philosophy and Western Neuroscience can inform and enrich one another
BSP 114 Eighth Annual Review Episode

38:01 | Dec 22nd, 2014

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, "neur...Show More
BSP 113 Dalai Lama at UAB

32:22 | Nov 26th, 2014

This episode 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 Norm...Show More
BSP 112 What do Mirror Neurons Do?

55:24 | Oct 16th, 2014

This is an interview with Dr. Gregory Hickok, author "The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition." We review what mirror neurons are, how they were discovered, and why some popular ideas about what they do are pr...Show More
BSP 111 Exercise and the Brain

1:04:42 | Sep 2nd, 2014

This is an interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain." This is an edited version of an interview that was first posted back in 2008 (BSP 33), but the content remains extremely relevant.
BSP 110 Neurobiology for Dummies

1:03:52 | Jul 26th, 2014

This is an interview with Dr. Frank Amthor, author "Neuroscience for Dummies" and "Neurobiology for Dummies." In this interview we discuss a wide variety of topics from neurobiology including what makes neurons special and how brains differ from curr...Show More
extra episode: Dr. John Ratey Returns

57:50 | Jun 24th, 2014

This is an episode of my other podcast, Books and Ideas. It is an interview with Dr. John Ratey about his latest book "Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization." It isn't about neuroscience per sebut I think it will inter...Show More
BSP 109 Avoiding "Neuromania"

42:32 | May 27th, 2014

For the last 7+ years the Brain Science Podcast has been exploring how neuroscience is unraveling the mystery of how our brains make us human. Episode 109 was inspired by several recent books that explore the hazards of thinking that neuroscience is ...Show More
BSP 108 Consciousness as Social Perception

59:17 | Apr 15th, 2014

In his new book "Consciousness and the Social Brain" neuroscientist Michael Graziano proposes that the same circuitry our brain uses to attribute awareness to others is used to create our own sense of awareness. This episode is an interview with Dr. ...Show More
BSP 107 Sleep Science with Dr. Penny Lewis

1:09:17 | Mar 18th, 2014

This is an interview with Penelope A. Lewis, author of "The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest."
BSP 106 "Cognitive-Emotional Brain" with Luiz Pessoa

1:08:46 | Feb 18th, 2014

This is an interview with Luiz Pessoa, author of "The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration." We explore the evidence that cognition and emotion are deeply intertwined at all levels of the brain with a focus on the evidence that...Show More
BSP 105 Brain Plasticity with Michael Merzenich

58:31 | Jan 21st, 2014

This is an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich, author of "Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life."
BSP 104: 2013 Year End Review

57:14 | Dec 26th, 2013

This is our Seventh Annual Review Episode. We review the key ideas that we explored in 2013 and I explain the new Premium Subscription launching at the end of December.
BSP 103 Human Connectome update with Olaf Sporns

40:26 | Nov 22nd, 2013

I first interviewed Olaf Sporns, author of "Discovering the Human Connectome," back in BSP 74. This episode is a followup interview that focuses on recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of Connectomics. We talk about the field's challenges an...Show More
BSP 102 Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation with Dr. Allen Frances

1:08:51 | Oct 23rd, 2013

This is an interview with Dr. Allen Frances, author of "Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life." We talk about the factors that are driving the over ...Show More
BSP 101 Synapse Evolution with Seth Grant

1:04:43 | Sep 27th, 2013

This is a followup to BSP 51 in which UK researcher Seth Grant told us about his work exploring the evolution of the synapse, which is a key structure in both invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems. In this Grant updates us on some of his latest...Show More
BSP 94: Linguist Benjamin Bergen

1:01:35 | Feb 25th, 2013

This is an interview with Bejamin Bergen, author of "Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning."
Extra: Why Animal Emotions Matter

1:02:01 | Feb 15th, 2013

This is a Books and Ideas episode with Dr. Jaak Panksepp, pioneer of Affective Neuroscience. In a recent episode of the Brain Science Podcast we talked with Dr. Panksepp about his latest book "The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Hum...Show More
BSP 93: Pain (Part 1)

57:58 | Jan 25th, 2013

This is an interview with Dr. Fernando Cervero. Dr. Cervero is the current president of the international Association for the Study of Pain and author of "Understanding Pain: Exploring the Perception of Pain."
BSP 92 Neuroscience Review with Transcript

40:17 | Dec 28th, 2012

This is a look back at the neurosciences ideas that we explored in 2012. It is a great review for longtime listeners and an introduction to key ideas for new listeners.
Extra: Terrence Deacon on Books and Ideas

1:06:51 | Jul 16th, 2012

Episode 47 of Books and Ideas is being released simultaneously in the Brain Science Podcast feed. It is an interview with Terrence Deacon, PhD., author of "Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter." We talk about the ongoing quest to explain t...Show More
BSP 83: William Uttal: Is brain imaging the new phrenology?

1:03:36 | Mar 23rd, 2012

Episode 83 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with William Uttal, PhD, author of "Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience." We look critically at the current role of brain imaging and why it falls short as a tool for ...Show More
BSP 80 Fifth Annual Review Episode with transcript

43:51 | Dec 30th, 2011

In BSP 80 we look back at Year 5 of the Brain Science Podcast. We also reflect on what we have learned about brain health. This episode contains useful information for both new listeners and long-time fans. For detailed show notes and episode transc...Show More
BSP Extra: Cognitive Dissonance with Dr. Carol Tavris

56:01 | Oct 4th, 2011

I am putting Episode 43 of Books and Ideas into the Brain Science Podcast feed because it should be of interest to BSP fans. This episode is an interview with Carol Tavris, PhD, co-author of . We talk about the relationship between psychology and neu...Show More
Extra: Vaccines Save Lives!

57:30 | Jan 31st, 2009

I have included Episode 25 of Books and Ideas in the feed for the Brain Science Podcast because it is a discussion of the alleged connection between vaccines and autism. In this episode I interview Dr. Paul Offit, author of "Autism's False Prophets: ...Show More
BSP-52: 2nd Annual Review Episode

50:29 | Dec 19th, 2008

Episode 52 of the Brain Science Podcast is our Second Annual Review Episode. We review the highlights of 2008 and also talk briefly about our plans for 2009. The episode is aimed at all listeners, but should be especially helpful for newer listeners ...Show More
PROMO for Books and Ideas Podcast

01:24 | Apr 26th, 2008

This is a brief promo to remind you to check out my other podcast Books and Ideas. Episode 19 is an interview with Dan Ariely best-selling author of  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. You can find all the episodes in...Show More
BSP-27: Year-end Review for 2007

26:21 | Dec 28th, 2007

#27 Brain Science Podcast: This episode is a brief review of the first year of the Brain Science Podcast. I review some of the major topics that we have explored including memory, consciousnesses, decision-making, body maps, and plasticity. Then we l...Show More