Are you hungry for neuroscience but tired of reading? Then Nature NeuroPod is for you. Produced by Nature, the NeuroPod is a monthly podcast that examines the latest brain research. Each podcast is about 20 minutes long and is broken into three or four stories. Different guests are invited to speak about their research.
The August podcast is available for streaming or download. The episode focuses on the sleeping brain, “calming neurons,” bio-psychiatry, and the cingulate cortex’s role in organizing brain activity. Kerri Smith is the host. In the second feature, her guest is Nathan Wilson of MIT, who says, “It’s sort of an optimistic view that there may be a logic to the brain. Or it could be a random jungle and we’re still figuring this out. But we’re leaning towards the logical side.” Wilson is studying the role inhibition plays in the brain; in the podcast, he mentions three theories.
The Dana Foundation collaborated with Nature on NeuroPod’s pilot series in 2007.--Andrew Kahn