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Brain Bites is the bite-size neuroscience podcast of the ASCEND program (Advancing STEM Community Engagement through Neuroscience) where we explore the depths of your brain in a fun, digestible format. Brain Bites is written and produced by Melissa Borgen and Serena Sossi. Theme Music is “star lover” by f0cusFL0W.Find us on Facebook and Instagram at ascend.program and on twitter @program_ascend. Feel free to send us questions and comments on social media or email us at ascendneuro@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Latest Episodes

Episode 6: Happy BRAINSgiving!

Melissa and Danny wish you a Happy Thanksgiving by deciphering the age old myth about Thanksgiving: Does the tryptophan in turkey really make you sleepy? We also talk about how gratitude and Black Friday shopping affect your brain!

15 MIN2019 NOV 28
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Episode 6: Happy BRAINSgiving!

Episode 5: Fear, BRAINS! and Zombies!

Melissa and Danny talk about the neuroscience of Halloween! Such as how you get scared, if Zombies are plausible from a neuroscience perspective, and how why eating human brains is bad!

19 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Episode 5: Fear, BRAINS! and Zombies!

Brain Bites Episode 4

This time we talk about the senses of hearing, sight, and touch. Our hearing changes, evidenced by the high-pitched sounds that adults can't hear. How our eyes see color? Have you felt your phone vibrate, but when you check it there's no message? Listen to hear the recent theories behind the phantom vibration phenomenon! Hear our interview with Brock Grill, PhD, from The Scripps Research Institute Florida! We talk about how tiny worms sense touch and what that tells us about the human nervous system!

27 MIN2019 OCT 31
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Brain Bites Episode 4

The Senses pt. 1

Join us as we explore the senses of taste and smell! How do our chemical senses work? Can our senses change or trick us? We interview Dr. Tricia Meredith from Florida Atlantic University about her research on the sense of smell of sharks! So, can a shark really smell a drop of blood a mile away?

25 MIN2019 SEP 27
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The Senses pt. 1

Brain Power: Neurons are electric!

Our brain cells, called neurons, communicate with other neurons and cells in the body by sending electrical signals. Today we talk about how that electrical communication works and how it differs from the electricity we use to power our homes. We also speak to Dr. Michael Yetman about his research about how the different types of neurons communicate in the cerebral cortex.

17 MIN2019 FEB 13
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Brain Power: Neurons are electric!

Comparing Brain Sizes

When it comes to brains, is bigger always better? In this episode, we discuss the differences between brains across the animal kingdom. In general, bigger brains mean smarter animals. However, we talk about new research that shows that densely packed brains can also lend smarts to animals with small brains, like certain birds. We also interview Chelsea Bennice about the unique brain of the octopus!

12 MIN2018 DEC 18
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Comparing Brain Sizes
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Latest Episodes

Episode 6: Happy BRAINSgiving!

Melissa and Danny wish you a Happy Thanksgiving by deciphering the age old myth about Thanksgiving: Does the tryptophan in turkey really make you sleepy? We also talk about how gratitude and Black Friday shopping affect your brain!

15 MIN2019 NOV 28
Comments
Episode 6: Happy BRAINSgiving!

Episode 5: Fear, BRAINS! and Zombies!

Melissa and Danny talk about the neuroscience of Halloween! Such as how you get scared, if Zombies are plausible from a neuroscience perspective, and how why eating human brains is bad!

19 MIN2019 NOV 1
Comments
Episode 5: Fear, BRAINS! and Zombies!

Brain Bites Episode 4

This time we talk about the senses of hearing, sight, and touch. Our hearing changes, evidenced by the high-pitched sounds that adults can't hear. How our eyes see color? Have you felt your phone vibrate, but when you check it there's no message? Listen to hear the recent theories behind the phantom vibration phenomenon! Hear our interview with Brock Grill, PhD, from The Scripps Research Institute Florida! We talk about how tiny worms sense touch and what that tells us about the human nervous system!

27 MIN2019 OCT 31
Comments
Brain Bites Episode 4

The Senses pt. 1

Join us as we explore the senses of taste and smell! How do our chemical senses work? Can our senses change or trick us? We interview Dr. Tricia Meredith from Florida Atlantic University about her research on the sense of smell of sharks! So, can a shark really smell a drop of blood a mile away?

25 MIN2019 SEP 27
Comments
The Senses pt. 1

Brain Power: Neurons are electric!

Our brain cells, called neurons, communicate with other neurons and cells in the body by sending electrical signals. Today we talk about how that electrical communication works and how it differs from the electricity we use to power our homes. We also speak to Dr. Michael Yetman about his research about how the different types of neurons communicate in the cerebral cortex.

17 MIN2019 FEB 13
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Brain Power: Neurons are electric!

Comparing Brain Sizes

When it comes to brains, is bigger always better? In this episode, we discuss the differences between brains across the animal kingdom. In general, bigger brains mean smarter animals. However, we talk about new research that shows that densely packed brains can also lend smarts to animals with small brains, like certain birds. We also interview Chelsea Bennice about the unique brain of the octopus!

12 MIN2018 DEC 18
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Comparing Brain Sizes
the END
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