October 2, 2015 Neuroscience, Podcast No Comments

Episode 96

In episode #96, we return to the Know Your Neurotransmitters series for its third installment, featuring Noradrenaline — the lesser-known chemical cousin to Adrenaline.  Jesse is joined by Professor Clare Stanford, who helps us un-weave a web of terminology and chemicals — Noradrenaline, Adrenaline, Norepinepherine, Tyrosine, and more. (Fun fact: Two of the previously named chemicals are in fact exactly the same thing!)

And for those who have secretly theorized (or even openly engaged in geeky debates) about how Magneto’s superpowers might work – there are some interesting facts emerging from China about how biology and magnetism intermingle. This story even has some professional backstabbing thrown in for good measure.   Hear it all in the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick.

Editor’s Note: A quick correction sent in by Prof. Stanford. At around the [20:45] mark in the episode – “Drugs that block asthma receptors” should instead be “Drugs used to activate asthma receptors and not block them.”

Episode Highlights

0:32After Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, it's time for Chapter 3.
1:25This Week In Neuroscience: Trying to remember too much.
3:03The audience interaction section.
5:45Jesse introduces Prof. Clare Stanford.
6:46An introduction to Noradrenaline and Catecholamines.
8:38The role of Tyrosine.
11:16Noradrenaline compared to Seratonin.
12:55Mechanisms at work behind Noradrenaline.
13:56Neurotransmitters vs Neuromodulators.
16:11The importance of instant response.
17:39Short and long-term adaptations.
18:24Similarities between Cortisol and Noradrenaline.
19:15De-mystifying the terminology.
21:48Attention and arousal.
23:42Prof. Stanford's concluding remarks.
26:39Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Sensing magnetic fields.

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Written by Anushtup Chatterjee
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