2013

 

Brain 101

It weighs just three pounds but neuroscientists say the brain is as complicated as the universe itself.There are 86 billion neurons making trillions of connections.... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 1 - Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness by Alvaro Fernandez

The Brainiac book club this week is looking at getting our brains in shape. Boot camp for our brains by a nicer name: brain... Read More »

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CBC Books and the brain books giveaway

Brain books giveaway!The good people over at CBC Books have made a great list of brain books to kickstart our Brainiac Book Club. It's complete with...

Neurogastronomy

When you sip that first cup of coffee in the morning, don't go asking your taste buds what they think. Ask your brain. ... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 2 - Neurogastronomy by Gordon Shepherd

Roberta had the chance to ask neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd about how he discovered the ways in which our brains create our experience of flavour, a...

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Of Music and Dance

The old saying is true ... it does take two to tango - you and your brain. Across all human cultures, music and dance are fundamental... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 3 - Daniel Levitin

Dr. Daniel Levitin of McGill University has written several books that touch on music and the brain. He is best known for This Is Your... Read More »

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The Brain's Eye View

Eyes have become a hot area of research for many neuroscientists, but what they're interested in is not what eyes see, but how they move. Our... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 4 - Sharon Begley

"The mind is what the brain does." This has become a useful idea that many neuroscientists use to explain the parsing between mind and brain,... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 5 - Read Montague

Neuroscientist Dr. Read Montague is the authour of Your Brain is (Almost) Perfect: How We Make Decisions. This week on the Brainiac Book Club, he... Read More »

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Decisions

Decisions decisions decisions. We make hundreds a day. Everything from whether to get out of bed, to making an offer on a new house, to... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 6 - Alan Logan

In this week's segment for the Brainiac Book Club we get wild. Into the wild... the natural... the utterly none urban that is. ... Read More »

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Back to Nature

If you live in an urban area, do you deal with stress by taking a vacation somewhere rural or wild? Many of us do. So,... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 7 - Robert Provine

Hahaha! You'll be laughing when you realize all the misunderstandings we have about laughter, what it means, and where it comes from.Why do speakers laugh... Read More »

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Curiosities

We do a lot of things that at first seem like a natural reaction to the situation at hand. We laugh, we cry, we yawn... Read More »

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Portraits of the Mind by Carl Schoonover Web Gallery

You'll notice this week that Carl Schoonover appears both in the broadcast and on our Brainiac book club, where we feature his beautiful book Portraits...

Brainiac book club week 8 - Carl Schoonover

Carl Schoonover is a great example of how a person can very seamlessly and effectively weave art and science into their daily life. As... Read More »

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You must remember this

For many of us our memories are a diary of our lives. They are mental movies of where we've been, what we did, and who... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 9 - Mariale Hardiman

This week on the Brainiac book club we're all about trying to teach ourselves better ways to, well, teach! Dr. Mariale Hardiman, a professor at John... Read More »

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The learning brain

Having a high IQ has been a mark of intellectual superiority for years, but is it really a true definition of intelligence? Some researchers argue... Read More »

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Re-imagining our relationship

The decade of the brain, the brain mapping programs, the explosion in neuroscience globally - these have all brought about a new understanding of the... Read More »

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Brainiac book club week 10 - Robert Burton

Robert Burton, the physician and authour, sits down this week with the Brainiac bookclub to discuss some of the ideas encapsulated in his most recent... Read More »

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