How We're Wired

By The Bertarelli Foundation

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Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.


Episode Date
Focus - How We Succeed
1925

What’s going through the mind of an Olympic rower at the starting line? Is an athlete’s brain all that different from a non-athlete? And what lessons can we all learn from a sports mind coach? 

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she looks at the neuroscience and psychology of elite sport.  

With special thanks to Frances Houghton, Mark Williams, and Don Macpherson.   

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Nov 17, 2022
How We Move
2139

How do we move? What parts of the brain control how we use our muscles? And what implanted technology is allowing people with spinal cord injuries to walk again?

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she picks apart the neuroscience of movement, from how the brain orchestrates complex tasks like playing an instrument, to a visit with the first person with a complete spinal cord injury to walk.    

With special thanks to Michel Roccati, Mackenzie Mathis, and Tomislav Milekovic.

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Nov 02, 2022
Focus - How We Cope
1713

How common are mental health conditions in teenagers? How can depression look different in a child compared to an adult? And how are scientists using brain imaging studies to better understand conditions like schizophrenia?  

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she looks at mental health in children and young adults, from important risk factors to mechanisms of anxiety.

With special thanks to Ben Jacobs and Daniel Dickstein.      

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https://988lifeline.org/ 

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Oct 19, 2022
When We Change
1670

What’s going on in the brains of teenagers? How does puberty affect the brain? And why might changing the way we talk about teens lead to changes in their brain structure?   

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she picks apart the neuroscience of puberty and adolescence, from the brain regions responsible for bodily changes to the importance of teens taking risks.   

With special thanks to resident pre-teen Kitty, Russell Romeo, and Eva Telzer.    

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Oct 05, 2022
Focus – How We Taste
1618

How do we taste? What evolutionary benefit is there to tasting bitter and sour? And why should you think about wearing noise-cancelling headphones on planes if you want to enjoy your food?   
 
In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she uncovers the neuroscience underpinning taste, from how you can optimise dishes using synergistic umami to a test to discover if you’re a supertaster.  
 
With special thanks to Robert Parks and Barry Smith.  
 
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Sep 21, 2022
How We Smell
2048

How do we smell? What role does our sense of smell play in our closest relationships? And how are brands creating scents to keep us coming back for more?

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she unpicks the science of smell, from how your sense of smell changes over your lifetime to a visit to a perfumer creating olfactory memories.

With special thanks to Duncan Boak, Carl Philpott, and Dawn Goldworm. 

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Sep 07, 2022
Focus - Why We Forget
2001

Why does our memory sometimes fail us? Would you recognise an implanted memory? And what implications do the risks of false memories have for society? 

In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she explores the murky depths of our imperfect memories; from whether a brain scan can identify whether a memory is true or false to the potential for memory-numbing drugs as a treatment for PTSD.  

With special thanks to Daniel Schacter.   

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Aug 24, 2022
How We Remember
1850

What is a memory made of? Which parts of the brain help us remember? And what can taxi drivers’ brains tell us about how memories are made? 

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she dives into the science of memory, and how we remember. We’ll unpick the structures of the brain that are involved in making memories, and attend an MRI scan of a London cabbie to understand what makes London drivers’ brains so fascinating to neuroscientists.  

With special thanks to Mark, Stephanie, Amy Milton, and Hugo Spiers.  

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Aug 10, 2022
Focus - Hearing Loss
1156

What’s it like to lose your hearing? Why is the cause of hearing loss often so hard to diagnose? And what innovative technologies might help scientists develop new therapies?  

In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she uncovers the complexities of hearing loss – from tinnitus to the mysteries of the inner ear – and speaks to a dancer who is having to learn to live with reduced hearing.  

With special thanks to our guests Helen and Tina Stankovic.  

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Jul 27, 2022
How We Hear
2018

How do we hear? What parts of our brain respond to sound? And how can we use vibrations to expand the way we enjoy music?  

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin on a sensory journey exploring the world of sound, and how we hear it. We’ll meet a dancer who remembers being able to hear clearly for the very first time, learn how our brains break down complex sound in a noisy environment, and experience a device which expands the pleasure we get from music.   

With special thanks to David Corey, Daniel Huber, Mario Prsa, and Vita.  

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Jul 13, 2022
Focus – Learning Language
1195

How do we learn to talk? When do babies first understand language? And how do scientists study language learning in the lab?  

In this Focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she visits the Oxford Brookes Babylab to understand how babies make sense of what we say, including watching real-life language experiments with infants and trying to interview a 9-month-old.  

With special thanks to Alice, her son, and Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez. 

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Jun 29, 2022
Building a Brain
1570

What is the brain made of? How is it built in the womb? And what impact does preterm labour have on brain development?   

In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she explores the beginnings of the human brain. We’ll visit an ultrasound clinic to observe foetal brain structures and hear how the earliest brain cells develop in the womb, plus visit a biotechnology lab in Switzerland working hard to protect immature brains.  

With special thanks to Lisa Goodrich, David Baud, Erick Garcia Cordero, Loulia Kassem, Kristen, and Edel.  

How We’re Wired is a Fresh Air Production for The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now so you never miss an episode. 

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Jun 29, 2022
How We're Wired Trailer
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Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge of neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 20, 2022