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* Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Guide to sources for Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

BCS-Related Podcasts

Axons and Axioms - A philosopher and cognitive neuroscientist talk about interesting things over drinks. What could possibly go wrong?


Brain Science - The Brain Science Podcast features the latest books about neuroscience as well as interviews with leading scientists from around the world. It has been one of the top-ranking podcasts in Medicine on iTunes. Transcripts for all 112+ episodes and as of December 2015 the brain had enjoyed over 7.5 million downloads.


Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world — and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.


 Invisibilia - Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently. Transcripts available here.


Neurology Podcast - The Neurology podcast is introduced by Editor-in-Chief Robert A. Gross, MD, PhD, who discusses several highlighted articles in the current issue of Neurology®. 


Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

Linguistics Podcasts

The Allusionist explores language in an accessible and humorous way. Host Helen Zaltzman also provides transcripts and a useful lexicon index. Based in London, UK.


Field Notes is a podcast about linguistics fieldwork. Host Martha Tsutsui Billins was inspired to create this podcast after her first time in the field, in Amami Oshima, Japan. Field Notes aims to share the stories of linguists doing fieldwork to document, describe, and understand how languages (particularly under-described and under-documented languages) work. Transcripts provided.



The History of English Podcast is a chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.


Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.


Lingthusiasm is a long-running and engaging podcast about all things linguistics. Hosts and linguists Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne explore a wide variety of topics in monthly episodes. Some feature interviews with linguistics scholars.


Subtitle is the official podcast of the Linguistic Society of America. It tells stories about languages and the people who speak them.



University of Oxford Linguistics offers recorded presentations, talks, and more on topics related to language.


A Way With Words is a weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more.


The World in Words podcast is about language — everything from bilingual education to the globalization of English to Icelandic insults. Hosted by The World's Patrick Cox.


BrowZine allows you to easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available through University of Rochester covering all disciplines. Create an account (free) and save your favorite journals to your bookshelf for easy access! More info on BCS-related journals here.