Convergent Science Network Podcast



We can learn a lot from brains and bodies when making machines and robots. But reversely, building complex machine systems can also give ideas about how brains and bodies have implemented their functioning over the evolution of ages. This podcast discusses various themes and aspects in-between robotics, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, biology, and technology.


  • Interview Giacomo Rizzolatti

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h02min

    Giacomo Rizzolatti takes us on a tour through his long study of the mirror neuron system of the brain and how it revolutionized the study of mind

  • Interview Jose Halloy

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h24min

    Jose Halloy speaks on his experiments where he used robots to investigate the collective behavior of animals.

  • Interview Matthew E. Diamond

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h21min

    Matthew E. Diamond (SISSA, Trieste) discusses the neural correlates of decision making, and his studies of that in both humans and rats.

  • Interview Francesca Giaccuci

    05/04/2018 Duración: 36min

    Francesca Cacucci takes us on a tour of the organization of the memory systems of the brain from cells to circuits and behavior.

  • Interview Aurore Thibault

    05/04/2018 Duración: 36min

    Aurore Thibault discusses the state of the art in the science of consciousness

  • Interview Narender Ramnani

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h10min

    Narender Ramnani (University of London) studies the cerebellum, and discusses here his view of the functional interactions between that brain area and the neocortical areas of the brain.

  • Interview Ranulfo Romo

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h07min

    Ranulfo Romo (University of Mexico) discusses the conscious and unconscious manifestations of decision making in the brain, focusing especially if and how neurons can process more than single sensory modalities.

  • Interview Stephen Nocter

    05/04/2018 Duración: 54min

    Stephen Nocter (UC Davis, California) on the evolution and regulation of neural precursor cells in the developing vertebrate brain. He discusses his work studying the pathways of developing neurons, moving between brain zones.

  • Interview Bryan Kolb

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h08min

    Bryan Kolb (University of Lethbridge, Alberta) discusses his study of the influence of changes in stimulation, behaviour and brain circuits on gene expression in the developing brain.

  • Interview Kate J. Jefferey

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h16min

    Kate J. Jefferey (University College, London) discusses her work on spatial navigation, focusing on the interaction between place cells, grid cells, and the influence of contextual clues.

  • Interview John Lisman

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    John Lisman (Brandeis University, Massachusetts) discusses his work on the brain’s navigation coding, arguing how sets of faster oscillations nested in slower cycles may constitute a general communication principle in the brain.

  • Interview Marc Blumberg

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h13min

    Marc Blumberg’s (University of Iowa) work focuses on sleep, more specific on the influence of the twitching of muscles on the sensorimotor system.

  • Interview Edvard Moser

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h10s

    Edvard Moser (Kavli Institute and Centre for Neural Computation, Norway; Nobel prize 2014) discusses the work of his group, his wife and himself on the brain’s computation of spatial memory.

  • Interview Gregg Recanzone

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h06min

    Gregg Recanzone (UC Davis, California) talks about his older work on plasticity in the adult brain. With Paul Verschure and Toby Prescott he discuss how neurons keep adapting to a type of input they are receiving.

  • Interview Benny Hochner

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h10min

    Benny Hochner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) discusses his work on octopi and the way motor control is uniquely organised in their flexible bodies.

  • Interview Barbara Finlay

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h14min

    Barbara Finlay (Cornell University, New York) focuses on causal relations between brain structure and an animal’s evolutionarily differentiated behaviour. She discusses the ways brains do change, but in a quite constraint fashion.

  • Interview Randall D Beer

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h09min

    Randall D Beer (Indiana University, Bloomington) discusses the use of dynamical systems theory as a mathematical 'lens' or language to study the brain and its processes. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

  • Interview Zoltán Monár

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h02min

    Zoltán Monár (Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford) discusses his work on the development of the brain. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

  • Interview Yaki Setty

    05/04/2018 Duración: 57min

    Yaki Setty (Computational Systems Biology, Max Planck Institute, Saarbrücken) discusses his work on the modeling of neurogenesis and related developmental processes. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

  • Interview Stefano Ferraina

    05/04/2018 Duración: 01h04min

    Stefano Ferraina (Physiology, Sapienza University, Rome) discusses his work on primate decision making and inference. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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