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BJKS Podcast

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A podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related. Long-form interviews with people whose work I find interesting, and book discussions. New episodes every Friday.

A podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related. Long-form interviews with people whose work I find interesting, and book discussions. New episodes every Friday.

Location:

Germany

Description:

A podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related. Long-form interviews with people whose work I find interesting, and book discussions. New episodes every Friday.

Twitter:

@BjksPodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

60. Rickesh Patel: Mantis Shrimp navigation, walking bumblebees, and scientific illustrations

7/3/2022
Ricky Patel is a postdoc at Lund University, where he studies the neural basis of navigation behaviours in arthropods. In this conversation, we talk about his work on spatial navigation in Mantis Shrimp and bumblebees, the difficulty of recording from moving insects, science communication, and scientific illustrations. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. In 2022, episodes will appear irregularly,...

Duration:00:59:49

59. Chris Frith: Two Heads, social neuroscience, and the history of the FIL

6/19/2022
Chris Frith is an Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London. His research has spanned several topics, including social cognition, schizophrenia, volition, and consciousness. We talk about Two Heads (a book co-written with his wife and son), his career, and the history of the FIL. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. In 2022, episodes will appear irregularly, roughly twice per...

Duration:01:02:59

58. Cameron Brick: climate change, pro-environmental behaviour, and illusory essences

6/12/2022
Cameron Brick is an Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the psychological aspects of climate change. In this conversation, we talk about climate change, the psychological aspects behind it, the difficulty of defining pro-environmental behaviour, and his recent article on Illusory Essences in psychological (and neuroscientific) research. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted...

Duration:01:10:39

57. Peter Vuust: music in the brain, predictive coding, and jazz

5/22/2022
Peter Vuust is a Professor at the Center for Music in the Brain in Aarhus, a jazz musician, and composer. In this conversation , we talk about his recent review in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, how he got to where he is, active inference in music, jazz improvisation, and much more. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. In 2022, episodes will appear irregularly, roughly twice per month. You can find the...

Duration:01:02:23

56. Mary Elizabeth Sutherland: scientific editing, behavioural sciences at Nature, and how to improve submissions

5/21/2022
Mary Elizabeth Sutherland is senior editor at Nature, where she edits submissions in the behavioural sciences and cognitive neuroscience. In this conversation, we talk about how she became an editor, what editors do all day, how to improve your submissions, the future of publishing at Nature, the harp, and much more. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. In 2022, episodes will appear irregularly, roughly...

Duration:01:09:51

55. Angelika Stefan: p-hacking, simulations, and Shiny Apps

5/1/2022
Angelika Stefan is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam in the Psychological Methods group (lead by Eric-Jan Wagenmakers). In this conversation, we talk about her preprint 'Big little lies: A Compendium and Simulation of p-Hacking Strategies', which she just uploaded to PsyArXiv. We also discuss how she created the Shiny App that allows users to play around with the simulations and run simulations that didn't make it into the paper. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience,...

Duration:00:54:17

54. Jessica Kay Flake: Schmeasurement, making stats engaging, and the Psychological Science Accelerator

4/7/2022
Jessica Flake is Assistant Professor for quantitative psychology and modeling at McGill University, where she studies measurement. In this conversation, we talk about her recent paper 'Measurement Schmeasurement: Questionable measurement practices and how to avoid them' (with former guest of the podcast Eiko Fried), how she makes stats lectures interesting, and her work on the Psychological Science Accellarator. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely...

Duration:01:33:31

53. Chris Chambers: Registered Reports, scheduled peer-review, and science without journals

3/16/2022
Chris Chambers is professor at Cardiff University where he is Head of Brain Stimulation. He is also one of the pioneers behind Registered Reports, a type of article where researchers receive peer review and in-principle acceptance before the results are known. In this conversation, we focus on Registered Reports and talk about how Chris got Registered Reports started at Cortex, how the review process differs between Registered Reports and regular papers, whether they are suited for...

Duration:00:58:04

52. Postdoc fellowship applications (with Toby Wise)

3/6/2022
In this conversation, I talk with Toby Wise about applying for postdoc fellowships. Toby has received and completed the Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, where he worked with Ray Dolan and Dean Mobbs. He answers some of the questions I have about applying for postdoc fellowships in general, such as how to write a proposal, how to contact potential supervisors/sponsors for your application, when to start, and what kind of scientist a fellowship is even for. BJKS Podcast is a...

Duration:01:27:26

51. Hugo Spiers: Taxi Brains, cognitive maps in humans, and working with humans and non-human animals

2/19/2022
Hugo Spiers is professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London. His research explores how our brain constructs representations of the world and uses them to recall the past, navigate the present and imagine the future. In this episode, we talk about his work on Sea Hero Quest (with Michael Hornberger, former guest of this podcast), his new research project Taxi Brains, the difficulties and joys of working with more than one species, and cognitive maps in humans. Time...

Duration:01:30:20

50th episode special: reviewing one year of the podcast, lessons learnt, and plans for the future

12/31/2021
This is the 50th episode of this podcast and we're doing something a little different: Cody Kommers, PhD student, fellow podcaster, and one of the first guests of my podcast, interviewed me about the first year of my podcast: what did I learn, what went differently than expected, and what do I plan on changing in the future? We also discuss podcasting more generally and use Cody's experience in running his podcasts as a counterexample in our discussion. Time stamps 0:00:05: Cody's...

Duration:01:39:59

49. Book club: Conceptual Spaces by Peter Gärdenfors, chapters 7 & 8, & general discussion

12/24/2021
This is the fourth and final episode of a book club series on Peter Gärdenfors's book Conceptual Spaces. In this episode, we will discuss chapters 7 and 8, in which Gärdenfors discusses computational aspects his theory of conceptual spaces, and provides a general discussion of the topics covered in the book. For this series, I'm joined by Koen Frolichcs, who was already my cohost for the books club series on Lee Child's Killing Floor. Koen and I are PhD students in the same lab. Podcast...

Duration:00:50:43

48. Book club: Conceptual Spaces by Peter Gärdenfors, chapters 5 & 6

12/17/2021
This is the third episode of a book club series on Peter Gärdenfors's book Conceptual Spaces. In this episode, we will discuss chapters 5 and 6, in which Gärdenfors explains how semantics and induction fit into his theory of conceptual spaces. For this series, I'm joined by Koen Frolichcs, who was already my cohost for the books club series on Lee Child's Killing Floor. Koen and I are PhD students in the same lab. Podcast links https://geni.us/bjks-podhttps://geni.us/bjks-pod-twtKoen's...

Duration:00:23:36

47. Book club: Conceptual Spaces by Peter Gärdenfors, chapters 3 & 4

12/10/2021
This is the second episode of a book club series on Peter Gärdenfors's book Conceptual Spaces. In this episode, we will discuss chapters 3 and 4, in which Gärdenfors explains how properties and concepts fit into his theory of conceptual spaces. For this series, I'm joined by Koen Frolichcs, who was already my cohost for the books club series on Lee Child's Killing Floor. Koen and I are PhD students in the same lab. Podcast links https://geni.us/bjks-podhttps://geni.us/bjks-pod-twtKoen's...

Duration:00:44:57

46. Book club: Conceptual Spaces by Peter Gärdenfors, chapters 1 & 2

12/3/2021
This is the first episode of a book club series on Peter Gärdenfors's book Conceptual Spaces. In this episode, we will discuss chapters 1 and 2, which provide an overview over the book, and a discussion of the three kinds of representation: subconceptual, conceptual, and symbolic. For this series, I'm joined by Koen Frolichcs, who was already my cohost for the books club series on Lee Child's Killing Floor. Koen and I are PhD students in the same lab. Podcast...

Duration:00:40:17

45. Michael Hornberger: Sea Hero Quest, developing games for science, and Alzheimer's disease

11/26/2021
Michael Hornberger is a professor of applied dementia research at the University of East Anglia who developed Sea Hero Quest, a mobile game for studying spatial navigation that was downloaded more than 4 million times. In this conversation, we talk about Sea Hero Quest, how Michael (together with Hugo Spiers) developed it, the first findings, and dementia in general. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith....

Duration:01:03:07

44. Dan Quintana: Synthetic datasets, science communication, and podcasting

11/19/2021
Dan Quintana is a senior researcher at the University of Olso, where his research focuses on oxytocin, autism, and meta-analyses. In this conversation, we talk about Dan's primer on synthetic datasets, science comunication, Everything Hertz, and podcasting in general. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. New conversations every other Friday, available on all podcasting platforms (e.g., Spotify,...

Duration:01:44:59

43. Postdoc applications (with Matthias Stangl)

11/12/2021
In episode 42 I interviewed Matthias Stangl about his work on spatial navigation. I wanted to ask him a few questions about postdoc applications, but we ran out of time. Matthias kindly agreed to meet again for a few questions that I would add to the end of our conversation. We ended up speaking for almost an hour, so instead of adding this to an episode that was already more than an hour long, we decided to release this part of our conversation as a separate episode for people who might...

Duration:00:50:11

42. Matthias Stangl: grid cells in aging, path integration, and neural representations of actual physical movement in humans

11/5/2021
Matthias Stangl is a postdoc at UCLA, where he studies the neural representations of spatial navigation in social situations. In this conversation, we talk about his PhD work about aging, grid cells, and path integration, about his recent Nature paper, about the difference between movement in VR and actual physical movement, and much more. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. New episodes every Friday....

Duration:01:09:39

41. Reviewing all books called "Prisoner's Dilemma" Part 2: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (Stewart), and Prisoner's Dilemma (Yardley)

10/29/2021
This is the second episode of an experiment: I'll be reviewing all books called "Prisoner's Dilemma". Today I'm reviewing The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart and Prisoner's Dilemma by Ilexa Yardley. BJKS Podcast is a podcast about neuroscience, psychology, and anything vaguely related, hosted by Benjamin James Kuper-Smith. New conversations every other Friday. You can find the podcast on all podcasting platforms (e.g., Spotify, Apple/Google...

Duration:00:34:18