February 7, 2020

0: Trailer

Meet Eve and learn about Magic of the Mind, a new podcast that communicates science through a fantasy narrative. Check back leap day, February 29th, for Episode 1. To learn more about the show and access exclusive perks, visit http://magicofthemind.ca/

February 28, 2020

1: Speak of the Devil

Eve's first adventure, where she is tasked with sorting a library of books in different languages. Eve makes a new friend, Quest, and they work together to defeat an intimidating monster.

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Discover the psychology of language written into episode 1! We discuss bilingualism, the social and cultural nature of language, the connection between language and thought, and the difference between written and spoken language with Dr. Debra Titone, director of the McGill Language and Multilingualism Lab. There's also a hidden Easter egg if you make it all the way to the end!

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Here is the first chapter of Metaphors We Live By book, a book that explores how the language we use can shape our thoughts, by Lakoff & Johnson.

This is the study that details the patient response to the different metaphors used by doctors - the conditions were framing cancer as a battle or as a journey.

BONUS reading: Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals, by Carol Cohn, explores how the language used by nuclear analysts distances them from the effects of their catastrophic work.

Taken together, these and other studies make me think deeply about how the language we use manifests itself in thoughts and actions.

March 15, 2020

2: The Thief’s Trick

Eve and Quest go to the circus, where they are awed and surprised.

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Check out Jonathan and Chris's podcast here!

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Explore the theories of attention and perception used in episode 2! Dr. Francesca Capozzi came in to explain what attention looks like, how the objects in our environment can influence the actions we take, and how Eve is able to recognize the red glitter from Allorina's boots. As usual, there's a fun Easter egg hidden after the credits.

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March 29, 2020

3: Alter Memory

Eve journeys home to recover a lost memory, with the help of Onin, a dwarven healer.

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Discover mental time travel through the theories of memory written into episode 3! Dr. Signy Sheldon talks about the importance of context, the power of implicit memory, the process of creating false memories, the link between sleep and memory, and traumatic memories.

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May 6, 2020

4: Emotion Potion

Eve returns to Tarquin with Cheers, a bard she meets along the way. The gang has a wild night out on the town, where they engage in recreational emotion enhancing.

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We unravel the science of emotions that Eve experiences during episode 4. Dr. Anna Weinberg talks about how emotions help us survive, the different effects of fear and happiness on the body, and the importance of social buffering in stressful situations.

If you're interested, you can check out the Invisibilia Episode we mentioned, or learn more about Joe LeDoux, a big researcher in fear learning.

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Stay safe out there!

August 17, 2020

5: The Resurrection

Eve meets the man from her nightmares, and the gang travels to Tarquin to stop a horrible procedure.

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