The brain’s 100 billion neurons speak to each other by chemical and electrical signaling, and this complicated communication provides us with everything we know and defines who we are. But when it is led astray, we can end up with false memories, hallucinations, and many other misunderstandings of the world around us. Learn about the role of the hippocampus in memory, the effects of LSD on the brain, the possible medical uses of LSD and other psychotropic drugs, and what a 19th century railroad worker named Phineas Gage can teach us about traumatic brain injuries.
Episode: Season 2, Episode 15 – Are You Out of Your Mind
Air date: 28 March 2011
Co-host: Chuck Nice: comedian
Guests: Oliver Sacks: neurologist and author, Cara Santa Maria: science educator
Running Time: 42 minutes
ISBN: Digital Download 978-1-61544-918-7