Learning neuroscience without being talked down to

Whenever a nonscientist friend sends me something to read about neuroscience, I usually smile weakly and pretend to read it. Sure, these articles are interesting but they are often imprecise and not as packed with information as I would like. Neuroscience is a large and deep field, and while I know some fraction of it quite well, there is much more that I do not – and the best way to learn about it is to hear from the experts who are not trying to talk down to you.

I guess the field is maturing enough that we are now starting to have access to regularly updated shows in this format. One, in video format, is Neuro.tv with the most recent video posted above. It looks pretty great so far and has a kickstarter for funding to create more episodes. Seriously, go donate.

The other is an interview podcast series by the students at Stanford Neuroscience called NeuroTalk. Every week or so, a neuroscience seminar speaker visits Stanford to give a talk on their work; the students have decided to interview the speakers, have them give a concise description of what they do, and get them to chat for a bit. It’s a fantastic idea and something I wish my current university did… ¬†Here is someone who does decision-making, for example.

Beyond this, you can often see recorded lectures just by going to youtube and typing in a scientist’s name… it is often worth it.