Cerebrum

Cerebrum

Cerebrum editor Bill Glovin’s monthly interviews with top neuroscientists who discuss their research-based articles, their personal stories, and how their work has the potential to make a difference in people’s lives. Part of the Dana Foundation’s mission is to educate the public in a responsible manner about research’s potential. Listen to some of these engaging and memorable interviews, read the latest Cerebrum articles, and explore the most complex organ in the human body.... Show More

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July 15, 2020

Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D., author of our Cerebrum story, “That Feeling in Your Bones,” discusses his groundbreaking research regarding osteocalcin, a hormone that triggers a “fight or flight response” and possibly much more.

Podcast Transcript:
https://on.dana.org/cerebrum-transcript-karsenty

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Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine, talks about his path to the field and how becoming a fifth degree black belt in Aikido and his own experience with therapy has informed his work.

Podcast Transcript:
https://on.dana.org/cerebrum-transcript-brackett

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Lee Alan Dugatkin, coauthor of "How to Tame a Fox," discusses his Cerebrum article and other significant findings since the book was published.

Podcast Transcript:
https://on.dana.org/cerebrum-transcript-dugatkin

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Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D., author of our Cerebrum magazine cover story, “Decoding the Canine Mind,” the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University and “How Dogs Love Us” (New Harvest, 2013), explains the challenges scanning the brain of a dog, what motivated him to specialize in canine cognition, and more.

Podcast Transcript:
https://on.dana.org/cerebrum-transcript-berns

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Roger E. Beaty, Ph.D., author of “The Creative Brain” and director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity Lab at Pennsylvania State University, discusses how he uses brain imaging and behavioral experiments to examine how creativity works in different contexts and domains.

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Jerold Chun, M.D., Ph.D., professor and senior vice president of Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, discusses a genetic approach to solving Alzheimer’s disease, plus a promising therapeutic intervention.

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Keely A. Muscatell, Ph.D., author of "Brains, Bodies, and Social Hierarchies" and director of the Social Neuroscience and Health laboratory at the University of North Carolina, discusses new research that ties income and other factors to stress and emotional responses.

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Maheen Mausoof Adamson, Ph.D., a Stanford professor and senior scientific research director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Palo Alto, CA, discusses the neuromodulation field, its potential, and what inspires her research.

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Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.R., a neuroradiologist and neuroscientist who is associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center and director of Radiology Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as Medical Director of MRI Services at its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, both in New York, discusses his Cerebrum article, his long career studying mild traumatic brain injury, and ...

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Howard Hurtig, M.D., the Chair Emeritus of the Department of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, discusses his Cerebrum article, what inspired him to research, and the challenges associated with solving a neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people.

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Susan Magsamen, founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, a pioneering neuroaesthetics initiative from the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discusses her Cerebrum article (dana.org/Cerebrum/2019/Your_Aesthetic_Brain_A_Growing_Case_for_the_Arts/) and research aimed at the intersection of brain sciences and the arts—and how our unique response to aesthetic experien...

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UC Davis Neurorobotics Laboratory Director and Cerebrumauthor Karen Moxon discusses her Cerebrum article, the future of machine-brain interface, and the emerging technology’s privacy and other ethical concerns.

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University of Maryland cardiologist and Cerebrum author Michael Miller, M.D., talks about the reasons the heart is often overlooked in brain research and the tie between the amygdala, hippocampus, and the heart in reducing stress and helping people live longer, healthy lives.

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Stanford University Department of Psychology chair and professor Anthony D. Wagner, Ph.D., talks about his Cerebrum article, “Multicosts of Multitasking,” how the brain processes multitasking, and the importance of past and future research in this critical area.

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Lee L. Rubin, Ph.D., a professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and director of therapeutic medicine at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, talks about his Cerebrum article, “Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Huge Steps,” and new drugs and clinical trials that have improved survival rates significantly.

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Along with the rising number of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (due to longer life spans) come two main concerns: finding remedies and helping them live comfortable and contented lives. Dorthe Berntsen, Ph.D., talks about her Cerebrum article, “Watering Memory Trees,” and the impact of reminiscence therapy and retro environments on quality of life and treatment.

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Do toys and games improve thinking or IQ, or do they just make a child better at playing the games? Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., talks about her Cerebrum article, “Brain Training for Kids: Adding a Human Touch,” the $7.5 billion market for apps and games, and the latest research on its effectiveness.

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While the human brain is hardwired to feel pleasure for basic survival necessities, such as eating and sex, music—although obviously pleasurable—doesn’t offer the same evolutionary advantages.Robert J. Zatorre, Ph.D., talks about his Cerebrum article, “Why Do We Love Music,” (dana.org/Cerebrum/2018/Why_Do_We_Love_Music/) his pioneering research at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute, and research that shows that mus...

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Millions of people suffer from serious mental illness, but very few receive consistent coordinated care. Thomas R. Insel, M.D., talks about his Cerebrum article, “Building the Thermometer for Mental Health,” (www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2018/Buil…for_Mental_Health/) his transition from directing the National Institute of Mental Health to co-founding and serving as president of Mindstrong Health, and his efforts to transform the future of...

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Trying to kick drug addiction without medicines is said to be like relying on willpower to overcome diabetes or asthma. Mark Gold, M.D., an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University, talks about his Cerebrum article, “Naltrexone: A History and Future Directions,” his long career studying addiction and the brain, and an opioid crisis that kills more Americans each day than gun violence or car acciden...

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