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.
Our first "Know Your Neurotransmitters" episode
This Week in Neuroscience: The Forgetful Side Effect of Frequent Recall
iTunes review thank-you
Listener suggestions, introductions and keto-commiseration
What is GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid)?
Introduction to Dr. Matthew Broome
Some examples of how GABA is useful within the brain
GABA and memory formation
What are the effects of having too much or too little GABA in the brain?
Where does GABA come from, and what are the effects of consumption, and withdrawal, of gabaergic substances?
GABA in the rest of the body
GABA-A and GABA-B: What's the difference?
The effects of GABA in children versus adults
Dr. Broome's current research planning: GABA's role in psychotic illness and functional activity
Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
A special birthday shout-out
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