Podcast

Magic of the Mind is an episodic series where each episode builds on the one before it. Here are all of our released episodes, listed in order! You can also stream or download them wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode 1 finds Eve on her first adventure, where she is tasked with sorting a library of books in different languages. Eve makes a new friend, Quest, and they work together to defeat an intimidating monster.

Explore the psychology of language written into episode 1. We discuss bilingualism, the social and cultural nature of language, the connection between language and thought, and the difference between written and spoken language with Dr. Debra Titone, director of the McGill Language and Multilingualism Lab.

In episode 2, Eve and Quest adventure to the circus, and are awed and surprised by what they find.

In the Science Behind the Story (SBTS) segment, explore the theories of attention and perception used in episode 2. Dr. Francesca Capozzi came in to explain what attention looks like, how the objects in our environment can influence the actions we take, and how Eve is able to recognize the red glitter from Allorina’s boots.

In episode 3, Eve journeys home to recover a lost memory, with the help of Onin, a dwarven healer.

In the Science behind the Story segment, discover mental time travel through the theories of memory written into episode 3! Dr. Signy Sheldon talks about the importance of context, the power of implicit memory, the process of creating false memories, the link between sleep and memory, and traumatic memories.

In episode 4, Eve returns to Tarquin with Cheers, a bard she meets along the way. The gang has a wild night out on the town, where they engage in recreational emotion enhancing.

In the SBTS, We unravel the science of emotions that Eve experiences during episode 4. Dr. Anna Weinberg talks about how emotions help us survive, the different effects of fear and happiness on the body, and the importance of social buffering in stressful situations.

If you’re interested, you can check out the Invisibilia Episode we mentioned, or learn more about Joe LeDoux, a big researcher in fear learning.

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