Engaged Brain Podcast

A podcast by the Engaged Brain, Jake Kurczek, discussing science and education.

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Engaged Brain Podcast

This podcast provides a complementary outlet to my blog.


Join me as I wade through the latest news and discoveries in science (almost excusively cognitive neuroscience and psychology) and education. You can stream the podcast on this website or download for later listening pleasures.


Episode 26 - Language, Thought and Evolution

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Episode 26 Description


Are humans special? There's no consensus on the question of what makes us special, or whether we even are. With regard to our brains and minds, the biggest point of contention is whether our cognitive abilities differ from those of other animals "in kind," or merely in degree. In other words are we completely separate or just the smartest animals around? In the Memory, Learning and Self episode, I commented on how my two areas of research, memory and language are ripe with claims of human superiority and the moving demarcation line that separates man from beast. Today I sit down with Jay Colon to talk about humans, language thought and evolution. This episode is sponsored by Bark Me This, talk to animals.

A Comparison Between Humans and Apes

Music is provided by http://freemusicarchive.org/ - Michett - "Lift Off" and offered by the Creative Commons License

Episode 25 - Sleepwalking

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Episode 25 Description


Sleep is one of the most interesting and least understood processes we engage in. For something that we spend up to 1/3 of our lives engaged in, it's surprising that we don't know more about it. Sleep seems to play a role in both body and mind recovery, along with countless other activities. I haven't even mentioned the most interesting aspect of sleep yet, dreams! Why do we dream what do they mean? How can I control them? What about other interesting aspects of sleep, like why do some people talk in their sleep and why do some people walk in their sleep. Today I sit down with Maire Clayton to talk about somnambulism. This episode is sponsored by RBI Lucid Dreaming, a dream experience.

5 Facts About Sleepwalking

Music is provided by http://freemusicarchive.org/ - EZTV - "Dust in the Sky" and offered by the Creative Commons License

Episode 24 - Bilingualism 2

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Episode 24 Description


Research in Neuroscience finds ways being bilingual can be an advantage. Somewhere around 20% of the US population is bilingual and that number is steadily increasing. Besides being able to speak more than one language, years of research has indicated that bilingualism has a number of other advantages, from understanding and appreciating cultural references, to opening up new job opportunities, and even being able to express yourself in a number of different forms or personalities. Language and thought are so closely intertwined, it raises the question of how the brains of monolingual speakers and bilingual speakers are different. Today, I speak with Daniel Bordi about the advantages of bilingualism. This episode is sponsored by Triolingo, language training software.

You Won't Believe All The Ways Knowing Two Languages Changes Your Brain!

Music is provided by http://freemusicarchive.org/ - The Silence Industry - "This Zero Hour" and offered by the Creative Commons License

Episode 23 - Hallucinogens

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Episode 23 Description


An old adage about perception is that we don't see with our eyes, but with our brain. Perceptual hallucinations support this adage when experiences without external physical causes are perceived. Coined in 1956 from the Greek roots for "mind revealing," the term psychedelic refers to a broad range of drugs that include peyote, LSD, and psilocybin. When ingested, these substances can cause hallucinations. However, understanding of the effects of psychedelic drugs on the brain and cognition is limited as many of these substances have been banned from federal funding. Today I speak with Elena Garcia about hallucinogens and the brain. This episode is sponsored by LED Googles, go crazy with LED Googles.

Your Brain when you Hallucinate

Music is provided by http://freemusicarchive.org/ - Melange - "Despertar" and offered by the Creative Commons License

Episode 22 - Multisensory Perception

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Episode 22 Description


The perception of flavor is the most multisensory experience in our everyday life. It's easy enough to think of flavor as the combination of taste and odor, but a number of other sensations from the sound the food makes, to the temperature of the food to the look of the food and finally the feel of the food come together to create the sensation of flavor. With a growing number of "foodie" movements people are starting to pay more attention to flavor. Today I sit down with Izzy Frosch to talk about flavor and the brain. This episode is sponsored by SD Taste, a neuroscience based restaurant.

Food on the Mind

Music is provided by http://freemusicarchive.org/ - Skyjelly - "Astral" and offered by the Creative Commons License

Episode 21 - Psychopaths

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Episode 21 Description


The Evil Brain: What Lurks Inside a Killer's Mind - Jeffrey Kluger
"For as long as evil has existed, people have wondered about its source, and you don't have to be too much of a scientific reductionist to conclude that the first place to look is the brain. There's not a thing you've ever done, thought or felt in your life that isn't ultimately traceable to a particular webwork of nerve cells firing in a particular way, allowing the machine that is you to function as it does. So if the machine is busted - if the operating system in your head fires in crazy ways - are you fully responsible for the behavior that follows?" Today I speak with Jeremy Astesano about the brains of psychopaths and some common misunderstandings. This episode is sponsored by WCP Lawyers, a law firm.

What Might Surprise You About Psychopaths

Music is provided by http://freemusicarchive.org/ - Bryan Divisions - "Mirror" and offered by the Creative Commons License