Episode 70

This week we kick off the first episode in our “Know Your Neurotransmitters” series.   Jesse is joined by Dr. Matthew Broome – Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford – to talk about the neurotransmitter GABA.  Dr. Broome explains how GABA (or gamma-Aminobutyric acid for those who love a good tongue-twister) works, where it comes from, and how it affects our brains and bodies.

We’ll also learn about the dangers of alcohol withdrawal, how trying to remember things could actually make us more forgetful, and the strange-but-true symptoms of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

Episode Highlights

0:32Our first "Know Your Neurotransmitters" episode
1:53This Week in Neuroscience: The Forgetful Side Effect of Frequent Recall
4:11iTunes review thank-you
5:01Listener suggestions, introductions and keto-commiseration
5:32What is GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid)?
6:17Introduction to Dr. Matthew Broome
7:27Some examples of how GABA is useful within the brain
8:25GABA and memory formation
10:08What are the effects of having too much or too little GABA in the brain?
11:45Where does GABA come from, and what are the effects of consumption, and withdrawal, of gabaergic substances?
14:16GABA in the rest of the body
15:06GABA-A and GABA-B: What's the difference?
15:59The effects of GABA in children versus adults
16:54Dr. Broome's current research planning: GABA's role in psychotic illness and functional activity
20:57Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
23:20A special birthday shout-out
23:30(For Axon users) Show notes online here
23:44Sign up for our mailing list!
Written by Rhiannan Roe
Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.
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