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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: When Fear Hijacks Your Brain

Playing With Marbles - May 10, 2024 04:00 - 38 minutes
Support If you’re struggling with your mental health, you’re not alone. If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or others, call 9-1-1, or head to your nearest emergency room. You can also call or text 9-8-8 to reach the Suicide Crisis Helpline. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7...

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: You, Plural

Playing With Marbles - March 13, 2024 04:00 - 37 minutes
The term “dissociation” is a hot topic amongst those who study the brain. An example of dissociation that most of us can relate to is when you’re reading or scrolling through social media and you realize that your mind is elsewhere, that you haven’t actually absorbed the information in front of ...

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Borderline Personality Disorder: The Jukebox of Self Doubt

Playing With Marbles - March 06, 2024 05:00 - 37 minutes
Diagnosis of personality disorders in youth is relatively new. Before the release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version 5 (DSM-V), nobody under the age of 18 could receive a diagnosis of a personality disorder, mainly due to the transitional nature of personality in youth, and the de...

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ADHD: When your brain can't sit still

Playing With Marbles - February 28, 2024 01:43 - 38 minutes
The definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has gone through many changes over the years. Interestingly, the criteria used to diagnose ADHD has actually become broader, encompassing a wider range of ages and a variety of different clinical presentations and symptoms. One th...

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Anxiety & Eating Disorders: When the alarm bells won't stop ringing

Playing With Marbles - February 21, 2024 05:00 - 38 minutes
Anxiety is one of the body’s natural responses to stress. When a person is met with an important event or perceived danger, anxiety can help them to react to that stressor. But when symptoms of anxiety are ongoing or severe, it’s a sign of an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety ...

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Click here to start loving your brain!

Playing With Marbles - February 14, 2024 05:00 - 13 minutes
Strap in for another exciting season of Playing With Marbles, brought to you by Brain Canada. In past seasons, we learned about all of the cool brain science research coming out of labs in Canada, from mini-brain organoids in petri dishes to women’s health beyond the bikini. We’ve taken a look a...

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Depression: When skydiving feels kinda boring

Playing With Marbles - February 14, 2024 05:00 - 25 minutes
Being sad or feeling hopeless is a normal part of human existence appearing and disappearing and reappearing with the ebbs and flows of life. But when symptoms of a depressive episode last for more than two weeks, and begin to get in the way of one’s day-to-day life, that’s when a person meets t...

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S2 E3: Menopause and Beyond

Playing With Marbles - July 05, 2022 20:50 - 28 minutes
Let’s experience menopause, migraines, and Alzheimer's! Not exactly fun, we know, but they are very common complications of later life, so we’re going to get inside a brain that is experiencing them and show you exactly what’s going onn.  We'll explore the benefits and risks of hormone replaceme...

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Menopause and Beyond

Playing With Marbles - July 05, 2022 20:50 - 28 minutes
Let’s experience menopause, migraines, and Alzheimer's! Not exactly fun, we know, but they are very common complications of later life, so we’re going to get inside a brain that is experiencing them and show you exactly what’s going onn.  We'll explore the benefits and risks of hormone replaceme...

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S2 E2: Hormones: a love story

Playing With Marbles - June 27, 2022 10:15 - 31 minutes
Puberty, pregnancy, ovulation, even love… these are all things our body regulates with hormones, and brains love hormones. They are chemical messengers used by the body when one part wants to tell another what to do… and in this episode our protagonist’s brain is stewing in them like a squishy t...

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Hormones: a love story

Playing With Marbles - June 27, 2022 10:15 - 31 minutes
Puberty, pregnancy, ovulation, even love… these are all things our body regulates with hormones, and brains love hormones. They are chemical messengers used by the body when one part wants to tell another what to do… and in this episode our protagonist’s brain is stewing in them like a squishy t...

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S2 E1 : One woman's brain

Playing With Marbles - June 20, 2022 10:30 - 27 minutes
For decades researchers used male bodies as the “default”, and this has led to huge research gaps in our understanding of womens’ brains. This lack of knowledge has real, sometimes deadly consequences when it comes to things like medication doses. So, we’re spending this season following one wom...

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One woman's brain

Playing With Marbles - June 20, 2022 10:30 - 27 minutes
For decades researchers used male bodies as the “default”, and this has led to huge research gaps in our understanding of womens’ brains. This lack of knowledge has real, sometimes deadly consequences when it comes to things like medication doses. So, we’re spending this season following one wom...

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S2 Teaser: How much do you know about the difference between male and female brains?

Playing With Marbles - June 17, 2022 18:30 - 1 minute
Season 2 of Playing with Marbles is coming Monday June 20th, and this time we’re focusing on the female brain, and what we do and don’t know about it. Scientists have been using male bodies as their “default” research subjects for a long time, so we’re going to take a long look at one woman’s br...

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How much do you know about the difference between male and female brains?

Playing With Marbles - June 17, 2022 18:30 - 1 minute
Season 2 of Playing with Marbles is coming Monday June 20th, and this time we’re focusing on the female brain, and what we do and don’t know about it. Scientists have been using male bodies as their “default” research subjects for a long time, so we’re going to take a long look at one woman’s br...

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3: Brains in the wild

Playing With Marbles - September 28, 2021 04:30 - 29 minutes
Sometimes to really find out how brains work you have to get too close for comfort, so we’re looking for brains that have escaped their warm, cozy skulls and made their way into jars and freezers. We even meet something that is very like a brain, but was never inside a skull in the first place. ...

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Brains in the wild

Playing With Marbles - September 28, 2021 04:30 - 29 minutes
Sometimes to really find out how brains work you have to get too close for comfort, so we’re looking for brains that have escaped their warm, cozy skulls and made their way into jars and freezers. We even meet something that is very like a brain, but was never inside a skull in the first place. ...

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When brains go wrong

Playing With Marbles - September 28, 2021 04:15 - 34 minutes
When something goes wrong with a brain we can’t just get under the hood and poke around. So how do we figure out what’s going wrong? Well sometimes the answer to that question involves watching monkeys watch TV, so we’re taking a trip to a monkey cinema, and along the way learning about the diff...

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2: When brains go wrong

Playing With Marbles - September 28, 2021 04:15 - 34 minutes
When something goes wrong with a brain we can’t just get under the hood and poke around. So how do we figure out what’s going wrong? Well sometimes the answer to that question involves watching monkeys watch TV, so we’re taking a trip to a monkey cinema, and along the way learning about the diff...

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Nature's hard drive

Playing With Marbles - September 28, 2021 04:00 - 33 minutes
Memories are fickle. They’re so important, but so ineffable.. So how do we make memories? And what types of memory are there? We’re finding out what actually happens when we upload something to our squishy storage system, and if there are any ways to hack our memories to be better. We might even...

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1: Nature's hard drive

Playing With Marbles - September 28, 2021 04:00 - 33 minutes
Memories are fickle. They’re so important, but so ineffable.. So how do we make memories? And what types of memory are there? We’re finding out what actually happens when we upload something to our squishy storage system, and if there are any ways to hack our memories to be better. We might even...

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Introducing Playing With Marbles

Playing With Marbles - July 20, 2021 16:22 - 1 minute
Every day we are learning more about the brain, but the challenges are complex and answers can’t come quickly enough. We are on a global quest to understand the brain and we believe that new ideas, tested through research and leading to innovation and discovery, will reduce the burden on our hea...

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Brains, the final frontier

Playing With Marbles - July 20, 2021 16:22 - 1 minute
Every day we are learning more about the brain, but the challenges are complex and answers can’t come quickly enough. We are on a global quest to understand the brain and we believe that new ideas, tested through research and leading to innovation and discovery, will reduce the burden on our hea...

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