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Did you know that the average adult brain weighs about three pounds and is the consistency of soft tofu? And though it only accounts for about 2 percent of your body weight, it gobbles up 25 percent of your sugars and 20 percent of your oxygen? Greedy brain.

For weeks now I have spent many an hour reading, writing, and thinking about brains. My brain. Your brain. Teenage brain. Baby brain. Freud’s brain. Sacks’ brain. Dolphin brain. Hallucinating brain. Broken brain. Not in a jonesing zombie kindĀ of way. It’s more personal than that. And professional.

Why? Well, aside from general neuro-fascination, I have a new gig writing for SciShow’s sister YouTube channel, Crash Course. Whereas SciShow manifests in single-topic bite-sized episodes, Crash Course takes a long haul comprehensive look at a topic. They’ve done series on biology, ecology, chemistry, U.S. and world history, and this year, you can catch about thirty episodes on psychology, written by yours truly. The lessons build like a semester-long class would, with some extra humor (hopefully!) and sweet little sometimes irreverent animations.

Here is the first one:

It’s definitely interesting delving so deeply into a single topic–especially one that I have limited experience with beyond general interest. Luckily I have a sweet textbook (Myers’ Psychology, tenth edition) and a badass adviser named Ranjit to help out. I’m still on the look out for a Chaise lounge, but I do have a few cigars handy, should I need one.

So if you like brains, or have a brain, I hope you’ll tune in from time to time. New episodes air every Monday afternoon.

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