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#096: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Noradrenaline

October 02, 2015

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.”

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:32

    After Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, it's time for Chapter 3.

  • 00:01:25

    This Week In Neuroscience: Trying to remember too much.

  • 00:03:03

    The audience interaction section.

  • 00:05:45

    Jesse introduces Prof. Clare Stanford.

  • 00:06:46

    An introduction to Noradrenaline and Catecholamines.

  • 00:08:38

    The role of Tyrosine.

  • 00:11:16

    Noradrenaline compared to Seratonin.

  • 00:12:55

    Mechanisms at work behind Noradrenaline.

  • 00:13:56

    Neurotransmitters vs Neuromodulators.

  • 00:16:11

    The importance of instant response.

  • 00:17:39

    Short and long-term adaptations.

  • 00:18:24

    Similarities between Cortisol and Noradrenaline.

  • 00:19:15

    De-mystifying the terminology.

  • 00:21:48

    Attention and arousal.

  • 00:23:42

    Prof. Stanford's concluding remarks.

  • 00:26:39

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Sensing magnetic fields.

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