Fri, 30 May 2008
Episode 38 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Jeff Hawkins, author of "On Intelligence." Hawkins is well-known for founding Palm Computing and Handspring. He invented the Grafitti handwriting recognition system and helped develop the Palm Trio SmartPhone. Since he published his bestseller "On Intelligence" he has worked full-time on his passion for neuroscience. His current company, Numenta, is developing software that models the hierarchal structure of the neocortex. In this interview we talk about the ideas in Hawkins book and how he is applying them to develop a computer model of cortical function. This is a follow-up to Episode 2, which first aired in December of 2006.
Fri, 16 May 2008
In Episode 37 of the Brain Science Podcast Dr. Ginger Campbell interviews Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. We talk about how exercise, sleep, and stress effect our brains with an emphasis on practical advice for healthier brain function. We also look at how research on memory, vision and the brain's attention system suggests how we can improve our ability to learn and our ability to share ideas with others.
Dr. Medina's focus is on considering real world examples of how our schools and work environments could be reformed to utilize the growing knowledge of neuroscience. But he also stresses the importance of compiling sufficient experimental data before embarking on new programs.
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Fri, 2 May 2008
Episode 36 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Art Glenberg from the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory for Embodied Cognition. Embodied Cognition is the hypothesis that our higher cognitive abilities such as language, are rooted in the perceptual and motor abilities of our bodies. Dr. Glenberg's work focuses on the evidence for this with respect to language understanding. In this interview he also shares how these ideas are being used to help children learn to read. The emphasis of this interview is on the experimental evidence in favor of embodied cognition.
This episode is a follow-up to Episode 35, which was about mirror neurons, but new listeners can enjoy this episode without listening to any previous episodes.
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