Minds Matter

by Beth Fisher and Ava Ma de Sousa

Minds Matter is a conversational podcast about psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science, hosted by Beth Fisher and Ava Ma de Sousa. On Minds Matter, we discuss a range of subjects, from conspiracy theories to falling in love, to nostalgia. We explore the neuroscientific and psychological research behind these issues while talking through our own personal experiences.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • S3: E12 Your Mind on Sex and Relationships with Dr. Jessica Maxwell

    S3: E12 Your Mind on Sex and Relationships with Dr. Jessica Maxwell

    Is sexual chemistry just natural compatibility, or can it grow from effort and work? Dr. Jessica Maxwell shares her research exploring how sexual beliefs influence well-being in both long-term and casual relationships. We discuss how individual differences, like attachment styles, shape our relationship preferences, from one-night stands to long-term monogamy. Plus, stay tuned for practical tips for maintaining passion in long-term relationships!

  • S3: E11 Your Mind on Rumination with Dr. Rachel Bedder

    S3: E11 Your Mind on Rumination with Dr. Rachel Bedder

    How often do you play negative experiences over in your head? If this is a painful pattern of thinking, why would we do this? This week we talk about rumination with Dr. Rachel Bedder, she explains why we ruminate and how it is different from worry. Dr. Bedder discusses her computational model of rumination and we learn how we can apply these models in real life. Ava and Beth reflect on their own thought patterns.

  • S3 E10: Your Mind & Action on Culture and Social Class with Dr. Kimin Eom

    S3 E10: Your Mind & Action on Culture and Social Class with Dr. Kimin Eom

    How does culture shape our actions towards the environment and our responses to global crises? Dr. Kimmon Eom joins us to discuss how different cultures and socioeconomic statuses influence the willingness to engage in pro-environmental actions. He also shares work on how pandemics and fear of contagion may make even the unprejudiced support xenophobic policies. Beth and Ava have an honest conversation about their own experiences with social class.

  • S3 E09: Your Mind on (Good) Conversation with Dr. Emma Templeton

    S3 E09: Your Mind on (Good) Conversation with Dr. Emma Templeton

    What makes a for a good conversation? Why do we feel we 'click' with some people and not others? This week we speak to Dr. Emma Templeton about research on conversation. She discusses why gap length between two conversation partners is important into understanding our connections and why this may have different meanings between strangers and friends. Ava and Beth share how they feel about conversations with strangers, can your take a guess to who loves conversations with strangers 100% of the time?

  • S3E08 Your Mind on the Gut Microbiome with Dr Aya Osman

    S3E08 Your Mind on the Gut Microbiome with Dr Aya Osman

    Are we really what we eat? Research on the gut microbiome suggests we really are! This week we speak to Dr. Aya Osman who researches how the gut microbiome influences our brain and behaviour. Dr Osman explains the role of the gut microbiome in addiction and autism and how we can study these connections. We learn what foods are best for a healthy gut. Ava and Beth discuss their personal experiences with the gut microbiome with some pretty rogue stories!