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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  

http://redishlab.neuroscience.umn.edu

 

Listen to the episode on iTunes or Soundcloud

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/state-of-minds-podcast/id1373595195?l=en

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.

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Principal Investigator in the Spotlight: Dr. Virginia Flanagin

From winning state level singing championships in high school to majoring in biology and music in college, from struggling to manage a graduate project in South Africa to having the audacity to leave everything behind and move to Germany: Virginia’s career path is anything BUT ordinary. Continue reading “Principal Investigator in the Spotlight: Dr. Virginia Flanagin”

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