How to Improve Your Performance, The Right Way

Wendy and Michael discuss how much many of us compromize our cognition and what can be done to improve our performance. You may be able to brag about that 1 a.m. email but if you could monitor your level of cognition you would quickly see, "Oh my God! This is not good." What is it doing for your brain? What is it doing for your executive functions in the pre frontal cortex?

The Story Collider: Magnetism: Stories About Attraction

This week, we present two stories about attraction, from the neuroscience of prairie voles to a physics love story.  Part 1: Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki is surprised when an acting exercise challenges her beliefs about love and attraction.  Part 2: Two physicists, Neer Asherie and Deborah Berebichez, find love after thirteen years.

Totally Cerebral: Think Pop Culture Gets Amnesia Right? Forgetaboutit!

Most amnesic patients can’t learn or remember that particular things happened in at a particular time or in a particular place. In fact, patients with severe amnesia are no longer able to learn or remember anything about what has happened to them. However, Neal Cohen and Larry Squire showed that the same amnesic patients could learn and remember how to do things, like work a lock, or solve a puzzle with blocks, or swing a racquet.

Totally Cerebral: What’s That Smell?

Scents and tastes are powerfully evocative — one whiff of perfume or cooking aromas can transport you back to a particular moment, a particular place, a particular person. Because the things we smell reach two brain structures called the hippocampus and amygdala in just one synapse, scents can almost immediately stimulate the key brain areas for memory, emotion, and location.