Totally Mental #003: “What’s it like to have ADHD?”

In this episode, I talk about what it’s like to have ADHD. This is my point of reference for talking about mental illness, because its something that I am personally affected by. I based part of my discussion on a blog post a wrote a couple of years ago.

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Totally Mental #002: “How Should We Talk About Mental Health?”

In this episode, I’ll be talking about how to talk about mental health. Starting a podcast on mental illness has been a daunting idea, so I did a little research this week to help me figure out what the tone should be with this show. I came across a great article on titled “How Should We Talk About Mental Health”, which gives 10 principles that we can use to base our conversations on.

Next week, I’ll be discussing My Life With ADHD. If you have a question or comment about this topic, let me know on Twitter or via my Contact Page.

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Totally Mental #001: “You Can’t Do It All, So Just Stop Trying”


One this pilot episode of Totally Mental, I run through my hopes for this new show, why it is the way it is, and how you can be a part of it! I also quickly tackle this week’s topic, and encourage you to check out an awesome podcast episode of This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt.

This Week’s Question: What are you doing that you don’t need to? Is there something that could go?

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Just Something I Wanted to Share

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and the one I listened to tonight hit me surprisingly hard. I’ll admit it; a manly tear was shed. I don’t want to give away the ending of this episode of This American Life, but I really think this is an important story for everyone to hear. Check out it.

This American Life 492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Brain Dump 001: Considering the Possibilities

Brain Dump Cover Art

The audio blog returns! In this episode, I discuss what the future holds, and what my options are moving forward. This is my way of sharing my life with the world and practicing a bit of introspection. iTunes and subscription info will come with later episodes. 🙂

What The Science?! Episode 1 – The Real Smoking Caterpillar

Image credit to Shreya on DeviantArt

On my first episode of What The Science?!, we cover a cool story about an IRL smoking caterpillar. [Source]

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Update on Between Your Ears


Well, the end of April is tomorrow, and you’re probably noticing that Between Your Ears has not been reborn as the proverbial Phoenix that I had hoped.

Not yet…

I AM still planning on producing a web series that makes brain and behavioural science understandable, approachable, and interesting. However, I am still working out the details on the best way to do that. I am beginning to realize that the Between Your Ears Podcast in its current form is not designed to reach the largest possible audience, nor is it the best medium for an educational audience.

While listening to TED talks a week or so ago, I found an awesome talk by Tyler DeWitt that encouraged scientists to make their research exciting for younger audiences. If there is one thing that I hope to accomplish with my new series, its making neuroscience more exciting. (Take a second and watch the video below. Seriously, its awesome.)

That is why I have come to the conclusion that I am not going to rush this new web series. I am fairly confident, however, that it will most likely be a series of 3-5 minutes YouTube videos, and that they will take more of a curriculum approach to neuroscience.  Bit by bit, I could address different areas of the brain, different processes that the brain undertakes, different disorders that occur when things go wrong, etc. By doing this, my videos could TEACH about the brain in a simple way instead of just throwing random topics at people. I want to make it interesting and fun, and I really feel like this is the best way to do it.

So for those of you who were eagerly awaiting the next chapter of Between Your Ears, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. My hope is that when this launches, it will be the very best content I can muster. When will it be released? All I can say for now is…


Between Your Ears Podcast: Returning in April 2013

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“Between Your Ears is a podcast in which Zac Erickson busts the myths of psychology & neuroscience.”

Between Your Ears was initially an undergraduate independent study project in which I explored the usefulness and details of how to use podcasting to dispell myths surrounding psychology and neuroscience. Unforuntately, once the project was finished I fell off the horse, so to speak, and BYE has been in the shadows. That was then, this is now.
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Between Your Ears #09: “This is Your Brain on Addiction”

Main Topic: Today we talk all about addiction: what is addiction, what is the underlying brain mechanism of addiction, and what can you do if you ARE addicted?

E-Mail: None!! E-mail me and your feedback will be featured on an upcoming episode!

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Links Mentioned In The Show

  • The Morning Stream Podcast [Link]
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Between Your Ears #08: “How Smart is Baby Einstein?”

Main Topic: Baby Einstein DVDs are purchased by thousands of parents around the world under the pretense that they will give their babies a developmental advantage. In this episode, I share some research that finds that Baby DVDs do not give babies any boost in development what-so-ever. In fact, the earlier you start your kids on baby DVDs, the more they seem to lag behind when compared to their peers. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests to not let your children watch TV within the first two years of life. However, I don’t think its going to cause any serious harm to let them watch TV now and then while you take a break. Just remember that it doesn’t matter what they’re watching; they’re not going to become a genius from watching it (not any more than they already are at least :)).


Over the weekend I discovered your BYE podcasts. I really look forward to catching up on them. I listened to the ADHD podcast from February. I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for talking about adult ADHD. I have a very hard time finding good information about adult ADHD. It’s mainly directed at kids. I also was not diagnosed until three years ago, at age 32. I sometimes wonder how much easier school would have been if I was diagnosed earlier. One thing that I think you brushed over was that ADHD can be a blessing. I can see the big picture of a situation better than my peers. I love being able to hyperfocus on tasks, although that can come across as ignoring people. I was pissed when I was first diagnosed, but now, with the help of 10mg of adderall, I see it as a strength. Look forward to future podcasts, again, thank you for discussing adult ADHD. (Name withheld)

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  • Baby Einstein responds to the refund criticisms [Link]
  • Do Babies Learn Vocabulary From Baby Media? Study Says No [Link]
  • Does Baby Einstein Help Toddlers Learn? [Link]
  • Walt Disney Baby Einstein Refunds [Link]
  • YouTube Video Baby Einstein – Hello World [Link]