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StarTalk Radio

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences

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Science meets comedy and pop culture on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe. But wait... there's more! Our new show, StarTalk All-Stars, features a revolving slate of all-star scientists and science educators including Bill Nye the Science Guy, backed up by your favorite comic co-hosts. Catch new episodes of StarTalk Radio on Fridays at 7pm ET, and StarTalk All-Stars on Tuesdays at 7pm ET. Keep Looking Up!

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StarTalk SoundBite: Motivating Your Brain... with Candy?

September 9th, 2014

Episode 161 of 310 episodes

Can candy actually make you smarter? Host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the motivating effects of both reward and punishment on behavior and learning with neuroscientists Dr. Heather Berlin and Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory." They examine the impact of external forces on our brain's ability to learn, as well as some more questionable incentives suggested by Eugene Mirman and Michael Ian Black. If you liked listening to this SoundBite be sure to check out the full episode here: http://soundcloud.com/startalk/startalk-live-big-brains-at-bam-part-2

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