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Bad analogies, awkward singing, and strange voices? It must be a Tom episode! Tom joins Amielle for a lot of silliness, doorbell ringing, and cetaceans. When they aren’t insulting their own mothers, Tom and Amielle manage to talk about two new research papers. Tom gets into a methods paper where researchers make some microglia. Then Amielle dives into a paper all about how seals and whales survive without oxygen during long underwater dives. Also, “You Ask a Mouse a Cookie.”
Friends new and old join us in celebrating all the silliness that life in meatspace has to offer. Tom tells us what he knows about science book (not much)! Amielle marvels at the creative limits of AI! Then, new friend of the show Lee tests out a new game of comedy and errors: Bot or Tot? Also, Darth Vader.
Misunderstanding or misconduct? Why not both! Leah and Amielle dive into two of the latest Earth-shattering and/or blindingly obvious controversies in neuroscience. First up: the long-misrepresented serotonin hypothesis of depression. Then: What does the amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s have to do with the stock market? From antique vertebrae to mint chocolate chip botanists, science is fun (depending on your definition of fun). Also, angels don’t exist.
This journal club, we talk about our favorite mollusk, the octopus! It turns out judging intelligence is very complicated. Not only do the findings of this study create a confusing chaos for researchers, it also throws Leah off. We have tea bags, self-cleaning science, and David Attenborough. Also, petards.
For an episode about sleep terrors, the funny females Amielle and Leah don’t let it get too scary. But they do, dive seven inches under the sea and fathom the darkest corners of cruise comics, people hiding in drawers, and elongated eyeballs. They discuss how having sleep terrors is related to sleepwalking, right after and before two very sexual stories. Also, the world wide release of the new folk music hit “Wide Open To My Window!”
Tom Hage joins Amielle for an episode about self-regulation and adolescent attention. The erudite Tom discusses some serious Instagram research. Then the feature paper explores how children abandon their moms at the neuronal level. This is what happens when children stop being polite, and start being little &#$@s! Also, non-consensual cruises.
Bust out your therapeutic emotion wheel, Leah and Amielle are affecting! This episode the ladies discuss two papers on the recognition of other’s emotions; from how serotonin transporters effect recognizing frowning faces to a featured paper on how the shape of the amygdala over time could predict developing psychosis. Leah faces her classic nemesis: words while Amielle keeps the train of refugees moving. We wrap it all up with a neuroethics discussion and dish about the famous inventor of The Nothing. Also, mongols.
The lady scientists would like nothing more than to tell you all about the dying brain! We got gamma waves, dickensian bouquets, beached whales, and severed ox head batteries. Amielle presents a recent study where a dying man’s brain waves are analyzed. Leah tells case reports of individuals who have come back from the brink of death to tell the tale. And if all of that wasn’t enough, we (don’t) talk to comedian Shane Moss talking about DMT. Stick around until the end to hear secret tricks in conforming to social niceties in spite of preferring the void. Also, Frankenstein’s monster’s attorney.
This week at the Journal Club, Nicole and Amielle get into the significance of a moment on the lips and the follies of single authorships. They cover the benefits and challenges of fly research, how taste changes a body, and meringue’s of temptation. Next, it’s off to Italy to catch dolphins bursting and pulsing like middleschool girls. Prepare for dolphin impressions! Also, the devil’s nose.
After their bout with COVID, Tom and Amielle are back and talking about a little discipline with big notions called evolutionary psychology. How did some of these endeavoring scientists test if psychopathy is a mental disorder or an unconventional life strategy? Turns out you ask one simple question; Vladimir Putin or Ned Flanders? Also wild male adult atlantic walruses.
Short and painfully sweet, this Journal Club we’re phoning it in with some noteworthy non-news. But, while low in minutes, the topics couldn’t be spicier. We bring you the connection between gingivitis and mental health and explore the top-down processing that makes “it hurt so good.” We discuss research on the brains of masochists when they experience pain. Also, ‘sup mushroom!
Warning: those in the front row may get splashed during the show, because we’re talking about fish. The world of behavioral cognition and the old primate boys club is being shaken up by the mean mugging of the cleaner wrasse. Amielle reads between the lines and creates a wild dramatization of academic discord. Wow, even though they’re talking fish, these researchers are getting catty. Meanwhile, Leah gets contentious about consciousness. Also, macaque hate.
This episode is brought to you by the color ‘fluorescent green’! The hosts are tangent crazy as they discuss the latest COVID brain research. What are the molecular changes in the COVID brain and could their similarity to Alzheimer’s explain these neurological symptoms? We also learn about Leah’s stance on sexy fish-men, and how she prints with fire. Amielle practices her pilot impressions and divulges the evolutionary importance of crocodiles. Also, when there’s no oxygen, Leah is gay.
We begin this mouth-feel filled episode with a spiritual journey; drinking beer with hallucinogens in the Andes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it’s farmyard fun with a new study on lambs eating different flavors, textures, and poison! Somewhere in there, Amielle demands a whole bottle of whiskey and Leah achieves personality personal-growth. And finally, we discuss how your fears are gonna fuck up your sperm and next generations. Also, serial killer sheep.
Hold on to your neural networks. This is not an episode for intellectual light weights. Nicole Davies brings the inside-out rhetoric of theoretical philosophy of science to the Journal Club. In discussing an opinion piece 20 years in the making, Detective Cupidity Branco, Fears the Reviewers Davies, and Honorable Mention Moreno break down strategic research approaches, sprinkling explanans all around. Also, the Berenstain Bears suck!
While New Years gives us a chance to start fresh, we explore how biology does not. It’s nice and all that the neural nets of the world are creating the best new year’s resolutions for us, their play dough-like (or play dough familiar) counterparts. But, it seems the hormones of the prenatal environment are making some big decisions on our later behavior, governing how much myelin we’re growing. Also, quid nominum geminus?
This week at the club, Amielle is joined by Nicole Davies to discuss possibly our most ironic paper. Amielle tackles her arch nemesis, dyslexia, when presenting a monster of a GWAS study on… developmental dyslexia! Get ready for Playboy magazine analogies, sad birthdays, politician punching and more hating on the country of Spain. Also, gas intelligence.
Ho Ho Who’s gonna make you wish you were dating a barnacle, talk about witches, and why your dad stays on the sauce? It’s Tom and Amielle! These two ho-ligans are getting into childhood development and the belief in Santa, as well as punishment-resistant alcohol drinking (Domi, Xu, et al., 2021). So, pour yourself a mug of eggnog and gather the 1940s rat children around the ol’ podcast player, because this is as X-mas-y the podcast is ever gonna get.
Who the hell do these scientific journals think they are? The hosts uncover the true relationship between scientists and these demanding domains. Meanwhile, greedy scientists are paid to eat icecream?! What is the world coming to? Also, the most spit-tastic bonus clip ever!
Hope you’re ready to metabolize a brand new episode all about tasty foods. This episode is served steaming hot with how umami flavors are making you wanna eat more. The superiority of biology over physics is on full display as it destroys basic measurements of conservation of mass. We also have a guest appearance of a surprise organ we don’t often spend time with, the liver! Also, gout.