Braincast - On The Frequency Of Mind And Brain



Braincast is about the functions, opportunities and consequences of the brain. Every episode concentrates on one topic of translated mind science plus relevant news.


  • Braincast 025 - Materialism, Buddhism and Position Definitio

    31/01/2009 Duração: 19min

    Episode 25 is rather personal with a look behind my mental curtain: motivation and preferences, why Buddhism pops up on a regular basis and about my biggest problem on the topic. A definition of position.

  • Braincast 023 - Hard-headed

    18/01/2009 Duração: 21min

    Planing, acting and, most of all, inhibiting – those are the main tasks of the prefrontal cortex. Additionally it has peer-to-peer connections to emotion- and social related areas. So this episode is about that part of the brain, that makes us human. An episode including bad mood and good bets.

  • Braincast 023 - Driven by Emotion

    13/12/2008 Duração: 19min

    Emotions are not just blessing or curse, they are much more. For example one way for the brain to talk to itself – via the body. They are the source of all our decisions. And first and foremost they are a way to survive.

  • Braincast 022 - Creative perception

    28/11/2008 Duração: 18min

    Part 2 about senses and perception is about how the brain deals with incoming data. It shows that some things simply are droped, while others are constructed. A braincast about roses, gorillas, blind spots and two self-experiments.

  • Braincast 021 - Basics: Senses

    15/11/2008 Duração: 16min

    In dealing with reality the brain might be quite creative, but the senses are not: They send in the real world, one gig of data per second. This and other impressive numbers in Braincast 21. Plus: seeing with the tongue.

  • Braincast 020 - Autists and Savants

    01/11/2008 Duração: 16min

    Autism is quite extreme: affected people shrink into theirselfs, live complicated rituals and have trouble understanding emotions. But out of autism can arise a real wonder: the savant syndrome, showing the real possibilities of the brain.

  • Braincast 019 - Stress

    25/10/2008 Duração: 16min

    Stress is not just stress – it was designed to safe our life. But nowadays we even have stress with stress, and this is just sassy. In this episode you find some inner-headly backgrounds. And even some good news.

  • Braincast 018 - The underestimated animal kingdom

    11/10/2008 Duração: 15min

    Man is the pinnacle of creation and shall rule the world – that´s how we like it to be. But the difference between us and those brute animals is not that big, as this braincast demonstrates.

  • Braincast 017 - The world out there

    04/10/2008 Duração: 16min

    It the world out there would exist without us noticing, has been a heavy disput between philosophers for centuries. With "neurological constructivism", neuroscience found a position that offers great possibilities.

  • Braincast 016 - Altruism

    28/09/2008 Duração: 18min

    A peaceful topic at last: altruism, fairness, kindness. From scratch healthy brains are not capable of anything else – and they don´t want to, too. An episode of bright prospects.

  • Braincast 015 - Basics - Imaging Techniques

    19/09/2008 Duração: 19min

    How do we know what we know about the brain? And why did it become so much so fast? Braincast 15 wraps this dry topic to digest easily.

  • Braincast 014 - Memory

    13/09/2008 Duração: 18min

    No function of the brain gets criticised more often. But the reasons are mostly wrong, nobody really wants absolute memory, as Braincast 14 shows. That memory is a quite creative affair – that would be a neat critique.

  • Braincast 013 - Free will

    30/08/2008 Duração: 17min

    The ship of free will is sinking – at least some influential brain researchers say so. Braincast 13 examines backgrounds and backdoors of one of the most controversial topics between our ears.

  • Braincast 012 - Best before

    22/08/2008 Duração: 16min

    For decades they told us our brains were doomed, its cells vanish and we would become more dense every day. This is not invariably the case. That and more good news in a Braincast about the date of expiry.

  • Braincast 011 - Basics: Structures

    08/08/2008 Duração: 16min

    Limbic system, amygdala or neocortex – what does that actually mean? In Braincast 11 we are talking structure and layout of the brain. It might be a little dry. But it is imporatant.

  • Braincast 010 - Development

    25/07/2008 Duração: 18min

    The 10th episode – a small anniversary with a closer look on the development of toddlers. It shows that TV is not that good, love is essential and experience is everything. And that even kids five months old wonder about grammatical mistakes.

  • Braincast 009 - Love

    12/07/2008 Duração: 19min

    Real feelings at Braincast: vital, neurological and hormonal insights about infatuation, love and being dumped. Featuring voles and fidelity, homosexuality and hypothalamus, orgasms in scanners and bad news for men.

  • Braincast 008 - Basics: Brain Cells

    12/07/2008 Duração: 18min

    This Braincast looks deep into the structure of our brain: what do brain cells look like, how do they operate, how do they communicate and – just a tiny start – how do meaning and decission emerge from that?

  • Braincast 007 - The Phantom Body

    21/06/2008 Duração: 16min

    Are we our body? Or does it just carry us through the world? Braincast 7 is about this internal relationship of brain, body and mind. This is much more complex than it feels like, and has some strange side-effects, e.g. an orgasm in a foot.

  • Braincast 006 - Reward System

    07/06/2008 Duração: 16min

    Man is driven by emotions. So the reward system promises heavenly joy once we reach our goal. This makes it rather a motivational system – and it´s one of the best ideas of evolution.

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