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The podcast about the functions, opportunities and consequences of the brain. Each episode concentrates on a special topic, served with mind science news and some music.

The podcast about the functions, opportunities and consequences of the brain. Each episode concentrates on a special topic, served with mind science news and some music.
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The podcast about the functions, opportunities and consequences of the brain. Each episode concentrates on a special topic, served with mind science news and some music.

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English


Episodes

Braincast 025 - Materialism, Buddhism and Position Definitio

1/31/2009
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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.

Duration:00:19:34

Braincast 023 - Hard-headed

1/18/2009
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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.

Duration:00:21:00

Braincast 023 - Driven by Emotion

12/13/2008
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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.

Duration:00:18:59

Braincast 022 - Creative perception

11/28/2008
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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.

Duration:00:18:05

Braincast 021 - Basics: Senses

11/15/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:22

Braincast 020 - Autists and Savants

11/1/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:45

Braincast 019 - Stress

10/25/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:35

Braincast 018 - The underestimated animal kingdom

10/11/2008
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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.

Duration:00:15:16

Braincast 017 - The world out there

10/4/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:36

Braincast 016 - Altruism

9/28/2008
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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.

Duration:00:18:33

Braincast 015 - Basics - Imaging Techniques

9/19/2008
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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.

Duration:00:19:20

Braincast 014 - Memory

9/13/2008
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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.

Duration:00:18:56

Braincast 013 - Free will

8/30/2008
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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.

Duration:00:17:01

Braincast 012 - Best before

8/23/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:07

Braincast 011 - Basics: Structures

8/8/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:12

Braincast 010 - Development

7/25/2008
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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.

Duration:00:18:24

Braincast 009 - Love

7/12/2008
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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.

Duration:00:19:21

Braincast 008 - Basics: Brain Cells

7/12/2008
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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?

Duration:00:18:01

Braincast 007 - The Phantom Body

6/21/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:54

Braincast 006 - Reward System

6/7/2008
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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.

Duration:00:16:28