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GSN podcast: State of Minds –  episode 1 – time travel in rats with Prof. Redish

Prof. Redish is at the Department on Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. His lab is interested in the mechanisms underlying decision-making and spatial navigation.

Prof. Redish is no stranger to podcasts. He has given several excellent interviews. You can find them along with a complete list of publications and on his lab’s website


Listen to the episode on iTunes or Soundcloud

Here are some of my favorites

  1. M. Wikenheiser, A. D. Redish (2015) “Hippocampal theta sequences reflect current goals” Nature Neuroscience 18:289-29
  2. Johnson, A. Fenton, C. Kentros, A. D. Redish (2009) “Looking for cognition in the structure in the noise” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13(2):55-64.
  3. P. Steiner, A. D. Redish (2014) “Behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of regret in rat decision-making on a neuroeconomic task” Nature Neuroscience 17:995-1002
  4. D. Redish (2016) “Vicarious Trial and Error” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 17:147-159

In this episode, Prof. Redish discusses his metamorphosis from a theoretical computer scientist into a full-fledged experimental neuroscientist. He explains why we should all read Homer, regardless of our thesis topic, and gives insight into the thinking process behind his innovative task designs.

For the impatient once among us, here are the answers Prof. Redish gave to our common closing rapid-fire questions.

  1. Which skills you wish you had picked up earlier on in your career?

People management and time management.

      2. What is the most successful theory in neuroscience today?

Hodgkin-Huxley model of the action potential.

      3.  What is a recent piece of data you are most excited about?

Many studies pointing to just how much of our decision making is subconscious and the implications for legal and ethical questions.


PhD career development – what can you do?

Following Sara’s posts on post-PhD considerations and 20 alternative careers, I want to share the experience of some GSN students going through the post-PhD career questions in a group. So far I found this the most helpful way to work on that compared to all the workshops and career fairs, so I want to share the approach with you and really encourage you to try it out.

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Why I got up at 6 am to play brainy games with eight year-olds (including Jelly Brain recipe)

If someone external had walked in into the GSN common room in the Biocenter at the beginning of March, he or she might have come to the conclusion that the students had become slightly mad. One could see GSN students sitting in front of a box full of paper brain hats, gluing strings on them. Others were colouring bottles of water green. And you could have seen me, sitting in front of a laptop, discussing the “sensory integration game” with my fellow group members. Clearly, Kids Brain Day was approaching.

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