Episode 44
Do-It-Yourself Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Do-it-Yourself tDCS

Jesse interviews Nathan Whitmore, creator of the open-source project “OpenBrainStim”, an affordable alternative to commercial transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices.

Episode 43
Is Cognitive Enhancement Ethical?


We speak to Dr. Nicole A. Vincent and Dr. Emma A. Jane, co-authors of the article “Put Down the Smart Drugs,” on the ethics of cognitive enhancement. Jesse weighs in with his own views on the speculative rights and wrongs of nootropics use.

Episode 42
Nootropics on Wall Street


Dr. Andrew Hill joins us to talk about his recent study conducted at the Alternatives Brain Institute, measuring the effects of truBrain on some of the quickest minds on Wall Street.

Episode 41
Daniel Kim-Shapiro on Beetroot Juice and Cognition


Jesse speaks to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University and expert on this week’s topic: beetroot juice.

Episode 40
A Nootropics Roundtable


Jesse and two guests discuss some popular misconceptions about smart drugs, their personal favorite stacks, and other topics surrounding the growing popularity of neurological performance enhancers

Episode 39
Dr. Emily Deans Explains Ketosis


In episode #39, Jesse talks with Dr. Emily Deans on the subject of ketosis. Ketosis is a biological state that occurs during fasting or a low-carb dieting when glycogen stores in the liver are depleted. This causes the body to burn acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate for fuel, instead of blood sugar. The effects of the “ketogenic […]

Episode 38
Dr. Kimberly Urban and the Impact of Nootropics on Neuroplasticity


Dr. Urban brings to light facts about how some brain stimulants work (specifically Ritalin), how they were originally tested, and why imperfections in the testing methodologies could spell danger to mis-diagnosed or off-label users.

Episode 37
Dr. David Nutt and the Obstacles to Rational Drug Research


Jesse interviews the UK’s Dr. David Nutt on the legal and social obstacles surrounding progressive drug research.

Episode 36
Dr. Christopher Winter: Sleep and its Impact on Cognitive Function


In episode #36, Jesse interviews Dr. Christopher Winter on the importance of sleep to cognitive function.

Episode 35
Rani Lill Anjum Discusses Causation and Correlation


In episode #35, Jesse talks with Rani Lill Anjum, of the Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU) on the difference between causation and correlation. Rani Lill Anjum (Dr. Art. Philosophy, Logic of Conditionals,Tromsø, Norway 2005) is Research Fellow at the Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU) where she leads Causation in Science (CauSci), funded by […]