Downloadable radio programmes, called podcasts, have been around since the first bricklike iPods in the early 2000s. Thanks to global sensations like ‘Serial’, podcasts are more popular than ever. But they can provide more than the next true crime fix, podcasts are also a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in science and learn about new topics, while blocking out noisy commuters, going for a run in the park, or doing the dishes. Here is a selection of some fantastic science podcasts alongside a few episodes relevant to developmental cognitive neuroscience. Happy listening!
ABC All in the Mind
Interesting episodes: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/the-neuroscience-of-learning/7781442 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/apps-for-autism/7701834 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/eating-disorders-families-and-technology/7438440
BBC All in the Mind
Interesting episodes: Enhancing cognition with video games: https://tmblr.co/Zxdhyr28KX4Jh
A spin-off from the makers of Radiolab. This show focuses on ‘the invisible forces that shape our lives’ with stories around sociology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience.
The Nature podcast provides a great overview of the latest developments in science. In addition to brief summaries of the main articles in the current issue of Nature, the podcast contains interviews and comments from the main authors of these studies. The News & Views segment presents quick summaries of what’s happening all across science.
Interesting episode: http://www.radiolab.org/story/235337-how-grow-your-brain/
The Brain Science Podcast
Interesting episodes: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/review-of-the-great-brain-debate-bsp-4.html http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/brain-science-podcasts-first-six-months-bsp-14.html http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/review-proust-and-the-squid-the-story-and-science-of-the-rea.html
Picture credits: Podcast pictures were taken from the websites of each podcast as referenced. The feature image was taken from https://www.scienceworld.ca/sites/default/files/styles/featured/public/images/brain_headphones_image.jpg?itok=g-1kCvgV