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Podcast Profile: The Neuromantics

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24 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 47 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent


Description (podcaster-provided):

Welcome to The Neuromantics – a monthly podcast for writers, psychologists, neuroscientists, poets, philosophers, comedians, musicians, and anyone interested in the exchange of ideas. The idea: a free-ranging conversation between Professor Sophie Scott (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/icn/people/sophie-scott and @sophiescott) of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL and Will Eaves about the brain, the mind, language, gesture, and communication as a fundamental property of science, literature and the arts. The format: roughly 30 mins of chat with musical stings in the punning style of the podcast title by Michael Caines. Sophie shares a bit of research. Will brings along a poem, story, speech, or essay. There will be guests in the future. There will be events.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Neuroscience • Literature • Psychology • Poems • Cognitive processes • Human behavior • Emotion • Memory • Brain function • Communication • Art • Language • Perception • Creativity • Cultural insights

The Neuromantics is a podcast that bridges the gap between literature and neuroscience, creating a dynamic dialogue between two seemingly disparate fields. Hosted by Professor Sophie Scott and Will Eaves, the show features engaging discussions on topics ranging from cognitive science and psychology to poetry, short stories, and philosophical musings. Each episode dives into specific scholarly papers and literary works, exploring how scientific insights and literary expression can illuminate each other.

The content revolves around broad themes such as the nature of human perception, memory, mental imagery, and communication. Episodes frequently touch on neurological studies that explore the brain's function and structure, highlighting research on cognitive processes like reading, facial recognition, auditory hallucinations, and handwriting. For instance, the podcast examines how certain parts of the brain are repurposed during learning processes and how these changes can affect cognitive abilities.

On the literary side, the podcast delves into works of poetry, short stories, and essays, often juxtaposing them with scientific findings. This blend of academic research and creative literature is used to address various human experiences and phenomena, such as trauma, emotions, and social interactions. Through analysis of texts by authors like Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and James Baldwin, the episodes investigate themes of identity, memory, and the psychological impacts of past events.

Recurring topics include the mechanisms of laughter and humor, the interplay between music and neurochemistry, and the effects of social bonding and collective cultural experiences on mental health. The podcast also explores the metaphorical dimensions of language and thought, illustrating how metaphors can facilitate problem-solving and understanding in both architecture and art.

Overall, The Neuromantics presents a thoughtful intersection of science and literature, offering listeners a nuanced perspective on how these disciplines can inform and enrich one another.


Episodes:
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S3, Ep 4
2024-Jun-24
48 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S3, Ep 3
2023-Oct-16
41 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S3, Ep 2
2022-Oct-13
39 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S3, Ep 1
2022-Jul-11
40 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 10
2022-Jan-04
49 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 9
2021-Oct-26
49 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 8
2021-Aug-09
52 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 7
2021-Jun-14
54 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 6
2021-Mar-25
46 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 5
2021-Jan-28
53 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 4
2020-Dec-06
42 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 3
2020-Sep-27
54 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 2
2020-Aug-14
50 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – S2, Ep 1
2020-Jul-10
46 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 10
2020-May-07
52 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 9
2020-Apr-13
54 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 8
2020-Feb-28
50 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 7
2020-Jan-20
41 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 6
2019-Nov-29
46 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 5
2019-Sep-23
52 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 4
2019-Jul-07
42 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 3
2019-May-19
41 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics – Episode 2
2019-Apr-15
37 minutes
Episode Image The Neuromantics - Episode 1
2019-Mar-08
37 minutes