neuroscience http://kuow.org en This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity http://kuow.org/post/your-stressed-out-brain-scarcity Being poor is stressful. That's no big surprise.<p>In <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">a poll</a> by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 3 people making less than $20,000 a year said they'd experienced "a great deal of stress" in the previous month. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 38223 at http://kuow.org This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity When 'Brain Science' Is A Tool For Credibility http://kuow.org/post/when-brain-science-tool-credibility <p>Marcie Sillman talks with cognitive scientist-turned-science-writer, Christian Jarrett, about brain science research and why consumers need to bring a skeptical eye to the neuroscience headlines. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:45:24 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 36349 at http://kuow.org When 'Brain Science' Is A Tool For Credibility Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities http://kuow.org/post/study-links-casual-pot-use-brain-abnormalities Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.<p>This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.<p>The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.<p>The senior author of the study, <strong>Hans Breiter</strong>, joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#82 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:39 +0000 editor 32659 at http://kuow.org Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities The Science And Music Of Heartbreak http://kuow.org/post/science-and-music-heartbreak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of songs about love, but </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">perhaps there are even more songs about loss. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat raises a serious scientific question: </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why are so many songs written about heartbreak, and what happens to the brains of people who are experiencing a really bad break-up? </span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Biological anthropologist <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYfoGTIG7pY">Dr. Helen Fisher studies what happens in our brains when we are in love and when we are heart broken</a>. </span>She says that Tylenol is helpful, but staring at pictures of your ex and listening to a sad song when your brain is going through massive dopamine withdrawal is not. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:58 +0000 Ross Reynolds & David Hyde 14560 at http://kuow.org The Science And Music Of Heartbreak Blindsight Is Never 20/20 http://kuow.org/post/blindsight-never-2020 <p>Steve Scher talks with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. </span>Christof<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Koch,&nbsp; </span>chief<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, about a rare brain condition that causes some people to only see in black and white. </span> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:32:09 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Steve Scher 26283 at http://kuow.org Blindsight Is Never 20/20 Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds http://kuow.org/post/gut-bacteria-might-guide-workings-our-minds Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of "gut feelings?" There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.<p>"I'm always by profession a skeptic," says <a href="http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=479&action=detail&ref=8408">Dr. Emeran Mayer</a>, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Rob Stein 24025 at http://kuow.org Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds Why Does Morality Sometimes Trump Our Biological Imperatives? http://kuow.org/post/why-does-morality-sometimes-trump-our-biological-imperatives <p>Marcie Sillman interviews author, philosopher and scientist Joshua Greene about the neuroscience behind morality. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:14:34 +0000 Person: Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 23951 at http://kuow.org Why Does Morality Sometimes Trump Our Biological Imperatives? Can You Be Too Drunk To Remember Smoking Crack? http://kuow.org/post/can-you-be-too-drunk-remember-smoking-crack <p>Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making headlines after admitting to using crack cocaine, stating that it happened "probably in one of my drunken stupors." Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:55:30 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Arwen Nicks 23394 at http://kuow.org Can You Be Too Drunk To Remember Smoking Crack? Brainy Babies: ‘Invisible Bungee Cords’ Explain Early Learning http://kuow.org/post/brainy-babies-invisible-bungee-cords-explain-early-learning <p>Stick your tongue out at a newborn, and it will attempt to stick its tongue back at you. Wave your hand, and the baby may wave back. Behavioral psychologists have known for some time how babies love to imitate, but new research from the University of Washington and Temple University sheds light on the neural processes happening within the brain. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:16:30 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 23060 at http://kuow.org Brainy Babies: ‘Invisible Bungee Cords’ Explain Early Learning How Our Choices May Be A Question Of DNA http://kuow.org/post/how-our-choices-may-be-question-dna <p>The classic observer of human behavior would tell you all of our decisions have a rational basis. But new research indicates that “rational” may not be based on any conscious factors, but instead, is more deeply hardwired in our DNA. Vladas Griskevicius is co author of a new book called “The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.” He talks with Marcie Sillman. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:57:48 +0000 Marcie Sillman 22431 at http://kuow.org How Our Choices May Be A Question Of DNA The Conversation Goes Mental: Interviews On Psychology And Human Behavior http://kuow.org/post/conversation-goes-mental-interviews-psychology-and-human-behavior <p>This hour on <em>The Conversation</em> we explore the strange and confusing behavior of humans. Why do we act the way we do? And can we change? Psychologists and science writers take us inside the brain to explain our peculiar actions.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 17593 at http://kuow.org The Conversation Goes Mental: Interviews On Psychology And Human Behavior Former High School Dropout Becomes WWU Neuroscientist In Race To Find Huntington’s Disease Cure http://kuow.org/post/former-high-school-dropout-becomes-wwu-neuroscientist-race-find-huntington-s-disease-cure <p></p><p>Sometimes, you’re just dealt a bad hand. Jeff Carroll was a high school dropout serving in the military when he learned his mother had Huntington's disease. It's genetic, and he soon learned he had it too. There’s no cure. So the diagnosis is a death sentence. But rather than despairing, Carroll turned his life around. And in the decade since his diagnosis, he’s become one of the most prominent researchers studying Huntington’s Disease. He’s now on staff at Western Washington University in Bellingham.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Full list of stories from <em>KUOW Presents</em>, July 16:</strong> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:46:28 +0000 Joshua McNichols 16807 at http://kuow.org Former High School Dropout Becomes WWU Neuroscientist In Race To Find Huntington’s Disease Cure How To Be A Better Listener http://kuow.org/post/how-be-better-listener <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Listening takes work. And if you’ve ever had a conversation where you felt yourself zoning out while someone yammers on about their pets or their children, you know that sometimes listening can be really hard. Ross Reynolds explores how listening works and how to be better at it with Seth Horowitz, chief neuroscientist at NeuroPop, a sound design company that uses sound to treat psychological conditions. Horowitz is also the author of <em>“</em><a href="http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/347267/description/The__Universal_Sense_How_Hearing_Shapes_the_Mind_by_Seth_S_Horowitz">The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind</a><em>.” Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:57:25 +0000 conversation with ross reynolds 16267 at http://kuow.org How To Be A Better Listener Inside The Brains Of Animals http://kuow.org/post/inside-brains-animals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some animals display very human behaviors: chimps grieve, rats love to be tickled, and moths remember living as caterpillars.</span></p><p>Science journalist <a href="http://www.gillianmackenzieagency.com/books/authors/48">Virginia Morell</a> explores the complex minds of animals in her new book, "Animal Wise." From field sites to laboratories, Morell shows how animal cognition research has evolved, and how animals possess traits many feel are unique to humans.</p><p>She spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on April 8, 2013.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 11680 at http://kuow.org Inside The Brains Of Animals Synesthetes Really Can Taste The Rainbow http://kuow.org/post/synesthetes-really-can-taste-rainbow Plenty of us got our fill of green-colored food on St. Patrick's Day. (<a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/03/how-to-make-green-beer-for-st-patricks-day.html">Green beer</a>, anyone?) But for some people, associating taste with color is more than just a once-a-year experience.<p>These people have <a href="http://synesthete.org/">synesthesia</a> — a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sense (e.g., taste) produces experiences in a totally different sense (e.g., sight). Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:30:00 +0000 editor 9925 at http://kuow.org Synesthetes Really Can Taste The Rainbow