DB 023: Neuroscientist Greg Gage On Our Electric Brains & The Follow Your Passion Challenge

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome neuroscientist and electrical engineer Greg Gage. Greg is the co-founder of Backyard Brains, a company that is making neuroscience fun and affordable with experiment kits for students of all ages.  Greg spent many years as an electrical engineer designing retail systems before returning to grad school to pursue his interest in neuroscience.  We fell in love with Greg’s work by watching his amazing Ted Videos, which we encourage you all to watch as well.


  • What neuroscience is
  • Why Greg changed careers from engineering to neuroscience
  • How much control we can do to other people using our brain
  • What his upcoming TED talk is about
  • Why he founded Backyard Brains
  • How the cockroach’s brain is similar to ours and how their legs grow back
  • How we use 100% of our brain (and not just portions of it) all the time
  • Greg’s advice for kids who wants to pursue neuroscience
  • How he would like to change the way Neuroscience is taught in our schools.


In this episode, Greg talks about the power of following your passion — and how that will allow you to lead a fulfilled life. This week’s free download has an awesome illustration of you with the sign “Follow Your Passion” —  which you can print out and use as a reminder to keep following your passions in life. As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download. Click here to claim you free download.

If you and your family have a discussion this week about following your passion in life, please let Olga know by emailing her at [email protected]. You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card. Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).


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