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Dr Joseph Galea was a guest on WCNeuro back in season 2 talking about motor learning, stroke rehabilitation and the encounters of being mugged in this post-doctorate life which is he oddly well adjusted over. In this catch up we ask him how his lab has been handling not only running research over the past six months but also his plans to move to mo…
 
In this episode of think fast we are speaking with Brigitte Lavoie who is a neuroscientist that worked on the fundamentals of antagonist muscles, when we need one muscle to contract and another to relax. Most motions our bodies does automatically keep the balance between two sets of muscles in an equilibrium thanks to a series of reflexes but walki…
 
In this episode, Joseph and Jean interview Chris Roper from MyConstant, a platform that offers crypto-backed lending and borrowing facilities. As an investor, one may use several products available on the MyConstant site to obtain interest on their fiat currencies or stable currencies. On the other hand, you can also act as a borrower, by depositin…
 
Continuing our inauguration of Think Fast with a visit back to our previous guests this time we are talking with a guest from season 3 of WCNeuro which was kindly sponsored by the Biochemical Society in the UK. Julianne is a researcher who studies PTSD and interpersonal violence. We spoke about her interesting perspective on violence in relationshi…
 
In today’s episode, Jean sits down with Chris Osborne from KintuLabs. Chris is one of the first digital nomads and has been living this lifestyle for 15 years already. He is also a serial entrepreneur with multiple online businesses built and sold. His latest project involves building 15 newsletters in different niches and then selling them. We tal…
 
Once upon a time, I was a teaching assistant and when I was a teaching assistant I was asked all the time what was the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist. It is probably the most common question I have ever been asked since I graduated as a psychologist half a decade ago (and wow). There are many differences but both psychologists a…
 
In this episode, we interview Hassan Daher from Qardus. Qardus is a sharia-compliant lender to small and medium-sized enterprises to help with their cashflow needs. They provide short-term halal business loans, or halal business investments. As an investor, you provide the capital to lend to the business, and get paid as the business pays that mone…
 
This is the first episode of Think Fast, a new short series we are making which brings you cutting edge news from around the world of Neuroscience and Psychology. Over the past six months with a lockdown across most of the world research has been equally hit. When you study people and the brain as the guest on WCNeuro do that means getting those pe…
 
In this episode, Joe and Jean meet Frank Steffen, the CEO and co-founder of Lendary.net. We discuss the Lendary platform, which consists of a system to optimize the yield on lending to traders on the Bitfinex platform. We go into the nitty-gritty of how this type of high yield lending works, including the risks involved. I liken their system to tha…
 
In this episode, I speak to Johannes Larsson, a Swedish entrepreneur who I met for the first time in Malta around a decade ago. He began his entrepreneurial journey at quite a young age and moved from his native Sweden to Malta to be around other entrepreneurs and have a better lifestyle. Eventually, he moved to Cyprus, another Southern European co…
 
In today’s interview, we take a look at another real estate investment platform from the Baltics: Bulkestate. Joe and Jean chat with founder Igor Puntuss about the reasons for starting this platform and how investments work. We delve into the case for investing in Latvia as well as Bulkestate’s unique group buying feature, where investors can buy a…
 
Real estate is one of the most popular types of investment worldwide, and is deemed a secure long-term investment. In today’s episode, we learn how Estonian platform Crowdestate is making this asset class accessible to the smaller investor, and the challenges they have faced over the years. We speak with CEO And founder Loit Linnupold, who I feel i…
 
In today’s interview, we talk to Jan Nieuwenhuijs from Voima. Jan has been a very vocal researcher in the gold space for many years. We take different angles on the gold topic and discuss the main reasons for holding hold and the different ways you can do it. One of my biggest takeaways from this episode is that gold is not an investment per-se, bu…
 
In today’s episode, Jean and Joe meet Cormac Leech from AxiaFunder to discuss how investors can make money from litigation cases. This is a really new asset class with the biggest advantage being that it has very little correlation with other asset classes. We discuss the legality and ethical background behind litigation funding (it is still illega…
 
Not many neuroscientists are also entrepreneurs, while the job of a scientist is probing new fields and discovering new findings or inventing the next breakthrough it is not part of scientific training to know how to bring those findings to market. In this episode we talk to Company President and endowed Professor Ryan’ D’Arcy on how he takes his w…
 
In this episode, Jean and Joe speak to Jose Maria Pascual from Brickstarter, a vacation rental property platform based in Estonia. By registering as an investor on this platform, you are able to invest in vacation rental properties (currently only in Spain) and benefit when they are rented out. This was an interesting and eye-opening chat with Jose…
 
Starting off our series on the biochemistry of the brain, sponsored by the Biochemical Society in the UK, is part one on how our brain cells (neurons) use their energy. This episode covers how neurons are the most energy hungry cells in the body, why they need all that energy and what goes wrong when they aren’t given a constant supply of oxygen, s…
 
In part two of opening mini-series on how our neurons use energy we are talking with Vidhya Rangaraju. We are taking to Tim Ryan’s ex-PhD student Vidhya Rangaraju who is now in the process of setting up her own lab so she can study how our neurons have multiple power generating tiny organs across each part of the neuron. Neurons are the most energy…
 
It is rare when making a show that you get to speak to the people who were foundational to your understanding of the field. For me Robert Malenka is one of those people, when I first started to learn neuroscience one of the big topics was how neurons use their energy, we learnt about that in episodes one and two. Well for episode three of this seas…
 
On this show we have talked a lot about functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI. We have talked about how it lets us measure the water in the brain and watching the blood flowing to neurons that are working hard and in need of more oxygen and sugars. But what if we could do more? In this episode of Water Cooler Neuroscience, sponsored by the …
 
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