Brain Matters the Podcast is an exciting way for anyone to learn about the fascinating world of neuroscience directly from the researchers who have dedicated their lives to uncovering the mysteries of the brain. Our mission is to make neuroscience accessible, relatable, and intriguing while still respecting the integrity of the science we love.

On this episode of Brain Matters, Matt and Dr. Rajesh Miranda (Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Theraputics, Texas A&M University) talk about fetal alcohol syndrome. Rajesh is passionate about finding ways to help those who fall on the spectrum of this syndrome by uncovering the ways alcohol interacts with the development of the fetal brain.

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Anthony and Dr. Maria Geffen (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania) talk about how the brain encodes the auditory world. Maria has had a very interesting career studying many of the senses including the somatosensory and visual systems before starting her auditory lab.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

Matt sits down to with Dr. Wendy Suzuki (NYU). They have a great talk about the anatomy of memory, and how exercise impacts memory. Find out more about Dr. Suzuki at

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Anthony and Dr. David Dickman (Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine; Neuroscience Program Director, Rice University) talked about neuroscience in the skies from navigation in pigeons to orientation in monkeys. And some of those monkeys were in space! David also offers some encouragement for those interested in pursuing a career in science.

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Is stress good or bad? Do the negative impacts of a stressful life outweigh the benefits of the adaptive physiological response? Matt and Dr. David Morilak (Professor of Pharmacology, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio) talk about what defines a stress response and why we have them to begin with. We also find out if stress researchers have the secret to beating anxiety.

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Anthony sat down with Dr. Anthony Wagner (Professor, Stanford University) and talked about memory. Wagner is a cognitive neuroscientist studying memory in humans using techniques like functional MRI imaging. What does our brain look like when it forgets something? How do we make inferences? And can we detect a real memory from a false memory?

Direct download: What_Can_You_Remember_with_Dr_Anthony_Wagner.mp3
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Matt and Dr. Andreas Tolias (Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine) talk about how the brain processes information.

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Anthony and Dr. Nao Uchida (Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University) talk about how we can understand decision-making by looking at animals making decisions while we record from neurons in their brain.

Direct download: Uchida_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am CDT

On this episode of BRAIN MATTERS, Matt and Dr. Brian Derrick talk about the hippocampus. Dr. Derrick has a fascinating story about how he became interested in the hippocampus and what he and his colleagues are currently working to understand.

Direct download: Derrick_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am CDT

Anthony and Dr. Amelia Eisch talk about two major questions. First, what are new neurons good for. And second, what is good for making these new neurons. We hope you enjoy this one. Amelia is charismatic and enthusiastic about her fascinating work.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT