Brain Stories is the brand new podcast from the UCL Neuroscience Domain.
Welcome to the brand new monthly podcast series from the UCL Neuroscience Domain presented by Caswell Barry (UCL Division of Biosciences), Steve Fleming (UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences) and Selina Wray (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).
UCL Brain Stories aims to showcase the best of UCL Neuroscience, highlighting the wide range of cutting-edge research going on within the Neuroscience Domain as well as bringing you the people behind the research to share their journey of how they ended up here.
Each month we’ll be joined by a leading neuroscientist to offer their perspective on the big questions and challenges in Neuroscience research, to find out what stimulated their fascination with the brain and hear how they ended up becoming part of the UCL Neuroscience community.
- Episode 1: Sophie Scott and the science of laughter
In our first episode we are joined by Professor Sophie Scott, who chats to Selina and Steve about her journey from "polytechnic to PhD" and why understanding the science of laughter is so important.
- Epsiode 2: Nichola Raihani and social cooperation
In our second episode Caswell and Steven are joined by Professor Nichola Raihani who talks about her new book, Kalahari Babblers, Lizard Island and why we're better off together.
- Episode 3: Andrew Macaskill and making decisions
In our third episode Andrew Macaskill joins Selina and Caswell to talk about how the brain weighs evidence and makes decisions - also why it's important for neuroscientists to get out of their comfort zone once in a while.
- Episode 4: Nick Fox on the importance of understanding Alzheimer’s disease
In our fourth episode Selina & Caswell talk to Professor Nick Fox about the importance of research into Alzheimer’s disease and the progress being made towards better diagnosis and treatment.
- Episode 5: Tamar Makin on brain plasticity
In our fifth episode Selina and Steve chat to Professor Tamar Makin about her fascinating research on brain plasticity, artificial limbs and the potential for human augmentation.
- Episode 6: Sanjay Sisodiya on Epilepsy
In our first episode in 2022, Caswell & Selina talk to Professor Sanjay Sisodiya (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) about his research into epilepsy and the intersection between climate change and neurological disease.
- Episode 7: Benedetto De Martino on decision making
Benedetto De Martino talks to Selina and Caswell about decision making, why we make choices that are bad for us, and the importance of having a hobby - plus a banjo makes an appearance.
- Episode 8: Aman Saleem on visual input to spatial memories
Aman talks about his journey from metallurgical engineering to multi-brain region neuroscience, how this has informed his rodent VR based studies of visual navigation, and what brains taste like.
- Episode 9: UCL Neuroscience Symposium
Conversations with the speakers from the 2022 UCL Neuroscience Symposium.
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- Episode 10: Hugo Spiers on the brains of taxi drivers
Hugo Spiers talks about taxis, how where you grew up affects your navigation skills, and the time that Benedict Cumberbatch ruined one of his experiments.
If you have a question you’d like our hosts or guests to answer, tweet us at @UCLBrainstories.