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25+ Cognitive Science Podcasts

Cognitive Science investigates the mind with methods and tools from various fields like computer science, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. Here are some popular cognitive science podcasts. I listen to almost all of them, so feel free to contact me if you have questions that are not answered in each podcast’s description below.

1.  Cognitive Science Podcasts

Axons and Axioms (No longer available)
“A podcast dedicated to all things philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.”

Brain Matters
“…real neuroscientists sit down and talk about the brain.”

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD
“The Brain Science Podcast features the latest books about neuroscience as well as interviews with leading scientists from around the world.”

Clearer Thinking
“fun, in-depth conversations with brilliant people, exploring useful ideas related to psychology, society, behavior change, philosophy, science, artificial intelligence, math, economics, self-help, mental health, and technology.”

Consciousness Live!
“Conversations with philosophers, scientists, and anyone else interested in the scientific study of consciousness”

Everything Hertz
“A podcast on everywhere the life sciences meet the biological sciences with Dr. Dan Quintana and Dr. James Heathers.”

Journal Entries
The podcast of Wesley Buckwalter, lecturer in philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Manchester. His interests include epistemology, methods, and moral psychology.

Many Minds
“Exploring our world’s diverse forms of mind—human, animal, machine—from diverse perspectives” via the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute and Kensy Cooperrider.

New Books in Psychology
Interviews with the authors of new books in psychology. A great way to find out if you want to read the book. Also, a unique opportunity to hear the author respond to questions.

“…tackles the deepest questions about the mind, through conversations with leading thinkers working in philosophy, neuroscience, psychiatry and beyond.”

On Wisdom
A social-cognitive scientist in Toronto and an educator in London discuss the latest empirical science regarding the nature of wisdom.

Opinion Science
Dr. Andy Luttrell’s podcast about “people’s opinions–especially the ones they hold onto really tightly. The ones people can’t let go of. Why do we hold some views that define us and others that we’re happy to change?”

Discussions of social psychology and evolution with from Dr. Cory Clark and Dr. Bo Winegard.

“a quantitative methods podcast. With attitude.” Two affable stats professors discuss stats and its application to various sciences.

Rationally Speaking
“…explor[ing] the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience.”

Social Science Bites
“…hear leading social scientists present their perspectives on how our social world is created, and how social science can help us understand people and how they behave.” From the makers of the best philosophy podcast (i.e., Philosophy Bites).

SpaceTimeMind (On hiatus since 2015)
About “philosophy, science, and a whole bunch of other stuff.”

Speaking of Psychology
Highlighting some of the latest, most important and relevant psychological research being conducted today.

Teoria Impura
Uma conversa sobre Direito, Filosofia, Psicologia e afins, entre três teóricos do Direito. (Google translation: “A conversation about Law, Philosophy, Psychology and the like, between three legal theorists.”)

The Black Goat (Discontinued in 2020)
Three experimental psychologists talk about doing science. Hosted by Sanjay Srivastava, Alexa Tullett, and Simine Vazire.

The Happiness Lab
“Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness.”

The Meaning of…
The Meaning of… explores how we find meaning in the modern world, hosted by anthropologist Dr Monty Badami and philosopher Dr Tim Dean.

The Moral Science podcast
A psychologist who is endlessly fascinated with human morality interviews experts who dedicate their careers to understanding it.

The Perception & Action Podcast
“[This] explores how psychological research can be applied to improving performance…. It covers disciplines including sports science, psychology, human systems engineering, sport analytics, human factors, neuroscience and cognitive science.”

The Psychology Podcast
“Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman [interviews a] guest [usually a researcher] who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in.”

The Science of Politics
“up-and-coming researchers delivering fresh insights on the big trends driving American politics and policy today. In 30 minutes, you’ll get beyond punditry to data-driven understanding.”

Two Psychologists Four Beers
Two psychologists drink at least four beers while discussing news and controversies in science, academia, and beyond.

Unsupervised Thinking (Dicontinued June 2021)
“A podcast about neuroscience, artificial intelligence and science more broadly.”

Upon Reflection
This is my podcast about philosophy of cognitive science and vice verse: what we think as well as how and why we think it.

Very Bad Wizards
Discussions about philosophy and psychology … or losely related topics. Rated R for ‘repugnant’.

2.  Recommendations

Do you think that someone might be interested in these cognitive science podcasts? Then share the list with them! And if your favorite cognitive science podcasts are missing from the list, then feel free to contact me to tell me about them! (Some of the podcasts on this list were recommended to me by readers.)

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Nick Byrd

Nick is a cognitive scientist at Florida State University studying reasoning, wellbeing, and willpower. Check out his blog at byrdnick.com/blog