Synaptic

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Illustrated portrait of Emily Finn.
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Brain connectivity and letting the data speak with Emily Finn

The Dartmouth College researcher talks about her quest to understand behavior and doing neuroscience “in the woods.”

By Brady Huggett
1 May 2024 | 69 min listen
Illustrated portrait of Loren Frank.
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The value of math and spatial learning with Loren Frank

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator discusses what drew him to study the brain and his current work at the University of California, San Francisco.

By Brady Huggett
1 April 2024 | 61 min listen
Illustrated portrait of Lauren O’Connell.
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Setting up a frog colony and pair bonding with Lauren O’Connell

To become a scientist, O’Connell first needed to leave the family farm.

By Brady Huggett
1 March 2024 | 62 min listen
Illustrated portrait of André Fenton.
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Being uncomfortable and PKMzeta with André Fenton

The director of the Center for Neural Science shares a ghost story and talks about his collaboration with Todd Sacktor.

By Brady Huggett
1 February 2024 | 80 min listen
Illustrated portrait of Joseph LeDoux.
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Joseph LeDoux, the split brain and a traveling magic show

The director of the Emotional Brain Institute discusses the Cajun music scene in Louisiana and how memories change with time.

By Brady Huggett
1 January 2024 | 72 min listen

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