Playing With Marbles

Everybody’s got a brain, but how do they work? To find out, we’re investigating healthy brains, dead brains, brains in jars… even the brains of TV-watching monkeys. For science!

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Season 3 Episodes

S3 E1 : Click here to start loving your brain!

It’s not always easy to love your brain, especially when it can sometimes feel like a toxic partner. Your own brain can gaslight you and lovebomb you! But your cerebellum isn’t going to buy you a dozen roses or take you out for…

February 14th, 2024 | 13 mins 

S3 E2: Depression: when skydiving feels kind of boring

Depression is an extremely debilitating mental illness that can make it near impossible to truly experience joy and self-love. Witnessing children experiencing it, especially from a young age, can be heartbreaking for friends an…

February 14th, 2024 | 28 mins

S3 E3: Anxiety & Eating Disorders: When the alarm bells won’t stop ringing

Anxiety is extremely common. A third of us will experience an anxiety disorder. It’s the most common mental health problem in young people, and it can make you feel like you’re going to die.. You know someone who has an anxiety…

February 21st, 2024 | 32 mins

S3 E4: ADHD: When your brain can’t sit still

If you’re in certain corners of social media you’ll have seen videos about ADHD. There are ADHD influencers, memes, and endless reels of people telling you That One Personality Trait You Didn’t Know Is Actually Your ADHD. Atte…

February 28th, 2024 | 38 mins

S3 E5: Borderline Personality Disorder: The Jukebox of Self Doubt

Having borderline personality disorder (BPD) means struggling to regulate your emotions. If depression sucks the colour out of the world, then BPD turns it right up until it’s painfully bright. If you have BPD then you’ll reac…

March 6th, 2024 | 37 mins

S3 E6: Dissociative Identity Disorder: You, Plural

Imagine having an illness that TV and film spent decades labeling as “dangerous” and “crazy”. This is what happened with Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID – it used to be called multiple personality disorder and you probably…

March 13th, 2024 | 37 mins

S3 E7: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: When Fear Hijacks Your Brain

In pop culture, OCD is portrayed as a bit of a joke — a personality quirk bestowed upon characters with descriptions like: “uptight; neat freak; Type-A; anal; organized; workaholic.” But it’s more than just having a preference f…

May 10th, 2024 | 39 mins

Season 2 Episodes

S2 E1 : One woman’s brain

For decades researchers used male bodies as the “default”, and this has led to huge research gaps in our understanding of womens’ brains…

June 20th, 2022 | 27 mins 

S2 E2: Hormones: a love story

Puberty, pregnancy, ovulation, even love… these are all things our body regulates with hormones, and brains love hormones…

June 27th, 2022 | 31 mins

S2 E3: Menopause and Beyond

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…

July 5th, 2022 | 28 mins

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

Let’s experience menopause, migraines, and Alzheimer’s! Not exactly fun, we know, but they are very common complications of later life…

June 17th, 2022 | 1 min 

Season 1 Episodes

Brains, the final frontier

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…

July 20th, 2021 | 1 min

1: Nature’s hard drive

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…

Sept 28th, 2021 | 33 mins

2: When brains go wrong

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…

Sept 28th, 2021 | 34 mins

3: Brains in the wild

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.

July 5th, 2021 | 29 mins