The best part of podcasts for many of us is how they are ready-made for multi-tasking. Why cook dinner when you can cook dinner while learning about the fall of the Roman Empire? Or clean the dishes when you can clean the dishes while learning about the secrets of the brain? For those optimizers out there with an interest in the science of our minds, here are three podcasts to add to your queue.
BRAIN SCIENCE: NEUROSCIENCE FOR EVERYONE
by Ginger Campbell, MD
Did you know that listening to someone speak about neuroscience in a Southern accent makes it way easier to understand? You didn’t? Oh, then you haven’t listened to “Brain Science” yet. Dr. Ginger Campbell’s show simplifies neuroscience by focusing each episode on a straightforward topic. One of my favorites is “Neuroscience of Emotion.” Give this a shot if you want an easy listening show about a hard to understand subject.
EVERYDAY NEURO: PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE PODCAST SERIES
by Dr. Janine Cooper
This one is for the real nerds out there. It’s dry, informative, and if it weren’t for Dr. Cooper’s sing-songy Australian accent, you might even call it “boring.” But if you’re into neuroscience (which I expect you are if you’re reading this) then this is an illuminating show that focuses on the basics of the brain. Start with the first episode, “An Introduction to the Human Brain.” If that episode doesn’t hold your interest, then this might not be the show for you. I recommend following this up with your comedy podcast of choice to cleanse your podcast listening palate.
by Naked Science
Another neuroscience podcast, another accent. This podcast from Cambridge, England, is part of the “Naked Science” podcast network. Loads of episodes like “How Do I Smell?” and “Can Chocolate Make You Happy?” feature interviews with experts that explain the brain science behind everyday things. I find myself saying out loud “Huh, that’s interesting,” at least twice per episode. This is a great introduction to neuroscience, and the British accents are an added bonus.