Brain Science Podcast turns Seven

Ginger Campbell with Rusty and GretaEarlier this month my Brain Science Podcast celebrated its seventh anniversary. I haven't been doing a very good job of updating this website in recent months, but I wanted to take a moment to look back at 2013. While I only published two episodes of Books and Ideas, I did publish 12 episodes of the Brain Science Podcast and I am looking forward to some major changes in 2014.

BSP 103 featured the return of Olaf Sporns who was also interviewed back in BSP 74. Last month we talked about his most recent book Discovering the Human Connectome.

BSP 104 is our seventh annual review episode, which highlights the main ideas that we explored in 2013. I also announced that beginning on December 30, 2013 I will be offering a Premium Subscription. The most recent 25 episodes of the Brain Science Podcast will remain free while older episodes and episode transcripts will be available via subscription. Subscribers will get unlimited access to the entire library of content while individual episodes and transcripts can be purchased on the BSP website.

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Brain Science Podcast Nominated as Best Science Podcast

The Brain Science Podcast has been nominated as the Best Science Podcast in the Ninth Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards. Voting runs from November 1-15 at Listeners are allowed to vote up to once a day and since we are up against several large radio shows I am encouraging listeners to vote as often as they can.

Recent Episodes:

Brain Science Podcast passes 5 Million Downloads

Thanks to a library of 100+ episodes the Brain Science Podcast is now averaging over 100,000 downloads per month and recently passed 5 million downloads.

I am particularly grateful to all my loyal listeners who have helped the show grow by sharing it with others.

The Brain Science Podcast has a discussion group at, a Fan Page on Facebook and a page on Google+.

If you haven't checked it out yet I hope you will.



Brain Science Podcast Update

Last month we launched a completely redesigned website for the Brain Science Podcast. It is intended to be more accessible to people on mobile devices, but it also makes it easier for visitors to submit feedback directly from the site.


 Here is a brief summary of our most recent episodes:

Pain Part 2 (BSP 95):

Click image to listenBSP 95 is the second part of our discussion of Understanding Pain: Exploring the Perception of Pain by Fernando Cervero, who is the current president of the International Society for the Study of Pain. Dr. Cervero was interviewed in BSP 93 and in this episode I discuss additional key ideas from his book. (BSP 93 and 95 can be enjoyed in any order.

Listen to BSP 95 

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How the Brain Understands Language (BSP 94):

Dr. Benjamin BergenBSP 94 was an interview with linguist Benjamin Bergen author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning.

Listen to BSP 94

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"Are You Sure?" now out for Kindle

I have just published my first eBook: Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty. It is available for the Kindle now, and will be out for iBooks and Nook shortly. This is based on two of my favorite episodoes of the Brain Science Podcast.

A free PDF version is available to anyone who sends me a copy of their Amazon receipt.

This is Volume 1 of a new series called Brain Talk: Conversations with Neuroscientists, which I hope will bring the content of the Brain Science Podcast to a broader audience.

I have also started a newsletter for people who only want news about my writing, but who don't want to get podcast announcements.

Ginger Campbell Celebrates Five Years of Podcasting (BI 45)

Ginger Campbell and GretaIn December 2006 I launched 2 podcasts: Books and Ideas and the Brain Science Podcast. In Episode 45 of Books and Ideas I take a few minutes to look back on my five years in podcasting and to thank some of my many guests.


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Show Notes:

The focus of this episode was to thank each of the 33 people who have been featured on Books and Ideas so far. 

  • Historians: Matthew Cobb, Holly Tucker, and Jennifer Michael Hecht
  • Scientists: Lee Silver, Pamela Gay, Robert Schleip, Eugenie Scott, Les Johnson, Daniel George, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and Frank Wilczek
  • Philosophers: Massimo Pigliucci and Tom Clark
  • Physicians: Paul Offit, Robert Martenson, Neel Varshney, and Steven Novella
  • Fiction Writers: Mur Lafferty, Christiana Ellis, Scott Sigler, Tabitha Grace Smith, Skyler White, and Karen Traviss
  • Psychologists: Delany Dean, Eric Maisel, Bruce Hood and Carol Tavris
  • Other Writers: Dan Ariely, Sue Bailey, and Carmen Flowers 
  • Special Guests: Patrick Pricken, Kirk McElhearn and Kyla Duffy

Click here for a complete list of guests (in alphabetical order).

Click here for a complete list of episodes.



"Why Neuroscience Matters" (London, May 11, 2011)

I had a wonderful visit to London May 10-14, 2011, which included giving a talk entitled "Why Neuroscience Matters" for the London Skeptics in the Pub. I especially enjoyed meeting fans of the Brain Science Podcast.

If you would like to hear the unedited version of my talk. It appears as part of Episode 84 of the Pod Delusion podcast. I hope to post an edited version in my Books and Ideas feed sometime in June.

Special thanks to Sid Rodrigues, Adrian Starkey,  and Reza Zamani.

Brain Science Podcast ends 4th Year (BSP 71)

The latest episode of the Brain Science Podcast (BSP 71) is our 4th annual review episode. As usual I review highlights from this year's interviews, but this year I added a new feature: my personal reflections on how the Brain Science Podcast has impacted my life. This episode also contains a special announcement for UK listeners.

Listen to BSP 71

Click here for full show notes and episode transcript.


The Brain Science Podcast has been nominated as the best Science Podcast in this year's People's Choice Podcast Awards.

The deadline for voting is December 15, 2010, but you are allowed to vote once a day until then.

Thank you for your support.

Other Announcements:



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Send me feedback at gincampbell at mac dot com or leave voice mail at 205-202-0663.




Welcome to my new website

Welcome to my new main website.

If you are new to my work you can learn in the About section of this site.

This site incorporates the previous contents of and It also contains all the show notes, etc. for my Books and Ideas podcast.

I will also be updating the websites for the Brain Science Podcast and SCIENCEPODCASTERS.ORG in the near future.

Some links on this site still need to be updated. Please let me know if you find a bad link or have other suggestions.

Schedule for Dragon*Con 2010

Thursday I will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia for Dragon*Con 2010. I will be on several panels and I will be doing two live interviews that will be posted later as podcasts. Here is my official schedule: Please note that I did not write most of these descriptions! Title: Popular Psychology Myths Description: Pop Psychology is a confusing mixture of myth and science. Learn how to tell the difference and Why it Matters. Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: 207 / 206 / 205 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) ------------------- Title: Skepticism and Sexuality Description: When do we get skeptical about sex, the media? When alien cults want to save African clitorises, this panel is here to discuss the facts. Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: 207 / 206 / 205 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) Fridays panels are in the Skeptic Track. Pop Psycology Myths is an interview with Dr. Scott Lillienfeld, co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. An edited version of this interview will be posted at in mid-late September. ------------------- Title: Oil Disasters Description: Oil disasters, effects of spills on humans and environment, peak oil crisis, nothing is sacred on this topic! Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: L508 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) ------------------- Title: Global Insurgency Open Discussion Description: Open discussion on the effects of terror strikes.  Medical, sociological, and financial effects on the military, the public and the infrastructure Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: L508 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) Saturday's panels are in the Apocalypse Rising track. I have never been to this track, so it should be an interesting change of pace. ------------------- Title: Books and Ideas Podcast Description: Join host Dr. Ginger Campbell interviews author Skyler White about her book "and Falling, Fly." I will also be interviewing Christiana Ellis. Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: 204 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) This interview will be conducted in the Podcasting Track and the edited version will appear in the Books and Ideas podcast feed in October.
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Help Support German Shepherd Rescue

In Episode 33 of my Books and Ideas podcast I interviewed Kyla Duffy from Happy Tails Books. I am proud to announce that my dog Jake is one of the dogs featured in Duffy's latest book, which features stories of rescued German Shepherd Dogs. You will find Jake's story on page 91. Part of the purchase goes to support German Shepherd Rescue or you can choose contribute to helping rescue dogs in Haiti. Also, don't forget that Jake is also featured in this year's calender put out by German Shepherd Rescue of Central Alabama. Click here to buy Lost Souls Found: Inspiring Stories about German Shepherd Dogs by Kyla Duffy and Lowrey Mumford. Buy the 2010 Calender from German Shepherd Rescue of Central Alabama.
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Jaak Panksepp Explores Animal Emotions (BSP 65)

Episode 65 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Jaak Panksepp, PhD, author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions. Dr. Panksepp has done pioneering work on the neural origins of emotions. In this interview we discuss how his work challenges some of the common assumptions about emotions and some of the important implications of his discoveries. New listeners may want to go back and listen to Episode 11 for an introduction to the neuroscience of emotion. listen-to-audio Listen to Episode 65
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Please Help Support Podcaster Tee Morris

Natalie Morris, wife of Tee Morris, fiction writer and author of Podcasting For Dummies died unexpectedly yesterday. Tee has a seven year-old daughter. Tee is one the people who helped me get started in podcasting. I know I can't do anything to lesson the pain he feels, but thanks to Scott Sigler I can contribute to a fund to help with the financial burden. I hope you will help too.
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Books and Ideas iPhone application is now available

bai_300x300 Last week I announced the new iPhone (and iPod Touch) application for the Brain Science Podcast. This week we are launching  a similar application for the Books and Ideas podcast. It features access to all episodes the episodes going back to December 2006, episode transcripts, and direct links to this website, my email and our new voice mail line at (206) 984-0358.

Go to the iTunes Store

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New iPhone Application is aimed at Brain Science Podcast fans

bsp_120x105 The new Brain Science Podcast application is now available in the iTunes Store. You will need an iPhone or an iPod Touch to use the application but it does offer several useful features:
  • Listen to any episode without downloading it via iTunes*
  • Read episode trancripts right on your iPhone or Touch
  • One click links to the website, email, and the new phone-in line at 206-984-0358.
  • Background play*
*Note: Streaming audio works best with a WiFi connection.
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New Facebook Fan Page for Books and Ideas Podcast

I just started a new Facebook Fan Page for the Books and Ideas podcast. If you listen to the podcast I hope you will join. I hope to use the page as a launching pad for promoting the podcast to a larger audience. Books and Ideas Podcast The next episode of Books and Ideas will be out on 9/25/09.
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Schedule Announcement for Books and Ideas Podcast


I have just posted a brief announcement in the feed for my Books and Ideas podcast. I have decided to take a break for the rest of the summer.

This will allow me to catch up on some professional activities (re-certifying my ACLS and ATLS) and perhaps get some other new projects off the ground. I have several great guests lined up and intend to post the next new episode at the end of September, 2009.

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