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In this episode, we interview Dr. Ginger Campbell, host of the popular Brain Science Podcast. We discuss her show as well as her other podcast, Books and Ideas. Brain plasticity, the role of exercise on brain health and function, and other fascinating topics are covered in this episode.

Episode 33

Dr. Ginger Campbell

-Brain Science Podcast   http://brainsciencepodcast.com/

Philosophy discussed (east, west, mind)

“Likeness of Being” discussed – physics.  Books and Ideas website (interviews and reviews).

Writing a book and communication skills.

Journal accessibility

Dr. Campbell has just started a fellowship in palliative care.  Briefly discussed.

Exercise and Neuroplasticity; interview with John Ratey, author of “Spark.”



Different intensity of exercise has different brain benefits.

Humans evolved to move…sea squirt example.

Find something you can enjoy and someone to do it with.

BDNF – Miracle Grow for the brain.  (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor).

Neurotrophin vs neurotransmitter

“Go Wild” by John Ratey mentioned.

“Play” by Stuart Brown discussed.

Kids spent most of their time playing which aids brain development.

Can apply to humans as well for mood and emotion.

Play teaches where the “edge” is…

“The unconscious origins of certainty” – an ebook by Dr. Campbell.

It is based upon an interview with Dr. Richard Burton about his book “on being certain.”

The feeling of knowing

The confidence of certainty has no bearing on the reality of the rightness we think.

The take home message is to be more tolerant of others.


Being human

“Mistakes were made, but not by me” –Carol Tavris


Coming up soon in Birmingham

The Dalai Lama

Dialogue in Birmingham, Alabama, USA on October 25: His Holiness will participate in a dialogue on Neuroplasticity and Healing organized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Contact Website: http://www.uab.edu/DalaiLama

Brain Science Podcast information discussed.

Also, check out the Brain Science App.

Discount code for a monthly subscription:  BSP-500

Beer:  Michelob Ultra

WOD:  Palliative                is medical care that relieves pain, symptoms and stress caused by serious illnesses, improving patients’ quality of life.