Saying something is ‘neuroscience’ is equivalent to calling it ‘rocket science’. It is both an endorsement and derision at the same time. While everyone has a brain and we all spend our day thinking about what is going on in others heads, the actual workings of the brain and the mind are understandably impenetrable. With that being said, the brain is undeniably fascinating, it is the most complex object humanity has come across in the universe. The brain is what lets you read this sentence, it generates our understanding of the world and all the amazing things humans do to fill it.
So how do we get at the brain? That is where WCNeuro throws it hat in the ring. Through experimental psychology and neuroscience our knowledge of the brain grows every day but that knowledge is at conferences and in scientific journals, when it is distilled to the mass media a certain flavour of the work is lost. What if there was a podcast where we train you to understand scientists as scientists speak?
Our series have different aims and are to suit what you want to know about the brain:
WaterCooler Neuroscience: our flagship series where we invite peer reviewed researchers in Psychology and Neuroscience. We go through their work and as they explain what they did to learn about the field so do you. Each season also has two episodes where we discuss the methods that scientists take for granted but you only really learn about in university. How could you understand what a psychologist did if you have no idea how they did it?
A Brain Talking About Brains: when I was working on the first season of WCNeuro I realised my background as a psychologist gave me the privilege of knowing a great deal about the working of the brain, knowledge I took for granted. As I interviewed physicists, engineers, programmers, medical doctors and every other field that is part of neuroscience that privilege became more apparent. ABTAB works to address this, I discuss major findings in psychology that every psychologist knows by heart. I go through their history, what the original findings were and how decades of research and has tested and moulded those findings.
Think Fast: this is a new series coming for the potential brain researcher on the go. In this series we discuss a research finding that had the greatest impression on our guest. In just fifteen minutes we break it down and how it shaped our guest’s thinking and their research. Easy as that.