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98. Your Brain on Plants, the Stress Buddy System, and Selective Green Thumbs w/ Morgan Johnston

98. Your Brain on Plants, the Stress Buddy System, and Selective Green Thumbs w/ Morgan Johnston

Update: 2023-06-092
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What if you could explore the complexities of the human brain while also discovering the fascinating world of plants? Join me as I sit down with behavioral neuroscientist Morgan Johnston, aka Ask a Neuroscientist, for an engaging conversation about these two seemingly unrelated worlds. You'll learn how Morgan's journey from a small farming community to the world of neuroscience research has helped her uncover unique connections between plants and humans.

We dive into the effects of various chemicals and drugs on the brain, and how both plants and humans cope with stress. Morgan shares her insights on the evolutionary development of similar molecules in plant and animal systems, as well as how studying these interactions informs our understanding of mental and physical health. You'll also hear about our experiences in using animal models to study human behavior, and the critical role stress and anxiety play in our lives.

As we wrap up our discussion, we emphasize the importance of science communication and the need for reaching diverse audiences in today's world of misinformation. We share anecdotes from our own research, and explore the challenges of navigating academia and pursuing a career in science. Don't miss this enlightening episode with Morgan Johnson, where neuroscience and plant science collide to create a world of wonder and discovery.


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98. Your Brain on Plants, the Stress Buddy System, and Selective Green Thumbs w/ Morgan Johnston

98. Your Brain on Plants, the Stress Buddy System, and Selective Green Thumbs w/ Morgan Johnston